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Giants’ Joe Judge’s philosophy matching up ‘perfectly’ with coordinators

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When the New York Giants hired Joe Judge as their next head coach, fans were skeptical of the decision. At the least, Judge appears to be on the same page with the coordinators—including Thomas McGaughey—that he’s added or kept on his coaching staff.

“Our philosophies match up perfectly,” McGaughey said in a Giants.com interview. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to come back. We’ve coached against each others for years. He was at Bama when I was at LSU, and obviously being in New England over the years we’ve coached against each other when I was with the Jets. . . It was a good mesh.”

McGaughey was one of the few assistant coaches that was retained by Judge after being hired by the Giants. This was likely due to Judge’s experience as a special teams coordinator and understanding what McGaughey has to offer.

Before Judge became the special teams coordinator of the New England Patriots, he spent a few seasons at Alabama. In Judge’s final season at Alabama, McGaughey was the special teams coordinator at LSU. Therefore, the two special team aficionados were familiar with one another.

After their time in college, Judge joined Bill Belichick’s coaching staff in New England. On the other hand, McGaughey has served as a special teams coordinator for four different teams since 2014. Since last year, McGaughey has been with the Giants.

When hiring a new head coach, it is important to assemble a staff that can work well together on an everyday basis. So far, New York is constructing a coaching staff that shares the same ideologies—which could bode well for the future of the franchise.