Giants coach shares old-school approach to developing Daniel Jones’ toughness
The head coach career of Joe Judge is off to a strong start. The New York Giants first-year coach has made sure thus far that his team is ready for the upcoming season with a rather physical approach to this year’s training camp—and, second-year quarterback Daniel Jones won’t be exempted.
In an unprecedented move, Judge is apparently seriously considering taking off Jones’ red non-contact jersey during Giants practice to toughen up the sophomore signal-caller.
“We’ve talked about it,” the Giants coach told the media, per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “With quarterbacks, you want to be calculated with how you bang them around. At some point, we’ll pop his pads a little bit in a controlled environment.
This is definitely an unorthodox approach to prepare your star quarterback. Historically, quarterbacks are given a red jersey for them to avoid any contact to ensure their health and conditioning so a move to remove Jones’ red jersey shield in training might make things a little interesting in the Giants camp.
But, per the Giants’ rookie head coach, Jones has proven thus far that no contact can bother him and might even be good for his development.
“This guy took some shots last year and he got up,” Judge said. “You saw him improve. He comes to work every day, you know he’s committed to the team. What you see in heated situations, when I stand behind the huddle, I like to see his poise. I like to see how he handles it with those bodies collapsing around him in the pocket, to receivers not getting open right away, and how he handles moving on. When things get going faster, are quarterbacks panicking?”