Joe Judge’s shots at Washington come full-circle after loss, embarrassing play-call
By Jerry Trotta
It was pretty ugly and MUCH closer than it should’ve been in the first half, but a win is a win and the Washington Football Team needed one.
While we hear arguments that a win hurts the club’s positioning in the upcoming draft, that’s exactly the kind of loser’s mentality Ron Rivera and the new-look front office are trying to squeeze out of fans.
At the end of the day, dropping a few spots in the draft doesn’t compare to the black eye that would’ve surfaced if Washington lost this game. In a decade full of losing seasons, this might be the worst Giants team of them all.
You just don’t want to be associated with a team like that. The kind whose players have seemingly given up on their head coach (see Kenny Golladay’s weak-sauce effort on Jake Fromm’s deep ball in the third quarter).
That kind whose head coach, Joe Judge, calls a fellow organization a “clown show” after his team’s fifth-straight loss.
While this might have been Washington’s ugliest game of the season, at least from an offensive perspective, it was incredibly satisfying to watch Judge’s comments come full-circle to close out a 4-13 campaign with the G-Men.
Joe Judge’s unwarranted criticism of the Washington Football Team came full-circle on Sunday.
JP Finlay hits the nail right on the head, though Ron Rivera wasted no time dunking on the Giants’ skipper leading up to Sunday’s rematch.
"“I mean for goodness sake you know if you pay attention to what’s happening you would have found out that we had just had one of our most popular players, a guy that’s very popular amongst his teammates, was in a terrible car accident where his longtime girlfriend is killed. We had another player who lost his brother to murder and then we had another player who lost another brother,” Rivera said Friday.“There’s reasons why things happen, and to take a shot at people when people are going through what they’re going through, that’s not right. If you don’t know and understand other people’s teams, talk about yourself, talk about your own team. That’s what’s fair.”"
You hear that? That’s the sound of Rivera zipping up the body bag he just threw Judge in with this savage response.
Unfortunately for Judge (not really), the criticism grew louder before the end of the first half on Sunday. With the Giants pinned deep inside their own territory, the second-year HC dialed up a QB sneak on 2nd and 11.
To be fair, that’s not an overly egregious play call. Perhaps Judge wanted to give sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, appearing in his third-ever NFL game, some breathing room to drop back to pass on third down.
Nope. On the very next play — 3rd and 9 from the four-yard line — Judge dialed up ANOTHER QUARTERBACK SNEAK. Forget about the boo birds, NFL and Giants Twitter were calling for the 40-year-old to be fired into the sun after this.
Allow us to direct you a quote from Judge after he was asked if the Giants might tank their Week 16 game against the Eagles.
"“. . . To disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything you can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I’m the head coach of the Giants.”"
Sure feels like running out the clock on your season in a three-point game vs a division rival qualifies as disrespectful to the sport. Even if that wasn’t Judge’s intent, if he doesn’t have confidence in his team to complete a simple handoff or quick pass, that’s a huge indictment on him as a coach.
This win isn’t worthy of a celebration. It’s more of a sigh of relief. A potential disaster avoided-type situation. However, we couldn’t not eviscerate Judge after he pinned Washington as a joke of an organization earlier in the week.
After all, following today’s abomination, this could be his last game in charge of Big Blue and we might not get another chance.