Joe Judge accepts the blame for the New York Giants’ struggles and says: ‘The fish sucks from the head down’

October 21, 2021

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants coach Joe Judge isn’t blaming elsewhere for his team’s 1-5 start; he is looking directly in the mirror.

“That’s his answer. I’m the head coach. It’s my responsibility, point blank,” Judge said Thursday. “Every player on this field, every position group, execution, it all comes down to me. The fish sucks from the head down.

“They’ve taught me that from great guys that I worked for, played for. There are no excuses, there are no exceptions. They demand it from their coaches to make sure the players are playing the right way. They demand that the players know. what to do and then go out and do it.

“But it starts with me and ends with me.”

The Giants have lost their last two games and are coming off a 38-11 demolition last Sunday at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. They have lost all three of their home games this season by a combined score of 82-38.

Judge, who is 7-15 since taking over as head coach, insists he doesn’t feel the pressure.

“For me, the only time you really feel any kind of pressure and nerves is when you’re not ready,” he said. “If you are prepared and follow the tasks and process in question and are consistent with them, then go in with confidence.

“That’s what we preach to our guys. We come here and practice every week, we prepare in a certain way every week. We have to do better and execute better to get the results we want.”

Judge has promised that the Giants, who spent a lot in free agency to improve the roster this offseason, will trade him.

“This is definitely going to get better, so there you have it,” Judge said earlier this week. “I don’t know what kind of guarantee [the fans] I want to, but I can assure everyone who is a Giants fan who wants to know when it’s going to spin, I can tell you right now that we are working tirelessly to make sure we get this spin in the right direction, not just for short-term results. term, but for long-term success. “

Turning their season around won’t be easy for the battered Giants heading into their home game Sunday with the Carolina Panthers. Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) did not return to training on Thursday, while starting left tackle Andrew Thomas (foot / ankle) was placed on injured reserve at earlier this week.

The judge said Barkley, Golladay and Toney “progressed” on Wednesday and the team would see if they can enter the field on Friday. It still seems highly unlikely that any of the three will play the Panthers. Sources told ESPN earlier in the week that it was “doubtful” that Barkley and Golladay, who were out against the Rams, would return this week.

Judge has refused to use injuries as an excuse and has been adamant about focusing on the process and the daily routine. It seems to have been well received in the building.

“Joe is our leader. We all look to our leader for strength. I think he has done a great job keeping the team moving,” said special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey.

McGaughey later added: “Joe is a tough guy. Joe is mentally strong and he’s doing a great job with our team when it comes to leadership. He keeps expressing himself to focus on the task at hand, and that’s winning today. You don’t have a chance on Sunday if you don’t win today. So we’re concentrating on being where our feet are now. “