Giants coach Joe Judge to put together leadership council
New York Giants rookie head coach Joe Judge spent eight seasons as an assistant for the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick.
Now, it appears Judge will apply some of Belichick’s methods to his current team. Judge told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post he plans to form a leadership council as a way of maintaining a constant line of communication between the players and the coaching staff.
“We definitely will,’’ Judge told The Post recently. “Nothing’s been formally structured right now. Normally those start to emerge in the spring. Really with our new exposure to these players, we wanted to go ahead and get through a spring.’’
Former Belichick assistants have had mixed success as head coaches. Josh McDaniels had a roller-coaster stint with the Denver Broncos before returning to New England. While Matt Patricia has struggled as head coach of the Detroit Lions, Brian Flores galvanize a Miami Dolphins team otherwise left for dead after an 0-7 start last year.
Judge will undoubtedly have his work cut out in New York. The Giants have won just 12 games combined over the course of the last three seasons. While second-year quarterback Daniel Jones showed some promise as a rookie, he will have to cut down on the turnovers if New York hopes to have more offensive success.
Meanwhile, the Giants had one of the worst secondaries in football last season. David Gettleman signed James Bradberry to be the team’s top cornerback, but it remains to be seen whether he can be a “lockdown” type on the outside.
In any case, Judge appears to be focused on shifting the culture within the organization and bringing some of the “Patriot Way” to the Giants.