With future of professional sports uncertain, new Giants head coach prepares for the season

When Joe Judge was named the new head coach of the New York Giants, he knew it would present some challenges. But what he did not plan for was a global pandemic.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2020, 1:54 AM

Updated 1,432 days ago

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When Joe Judge was named the new head coach of the New York Giants, he knew it would present some challenges. But what he did not plan for was a global pandemic.
Judge tells News 12 New Jersey that he is learning to adapt – including having to install his new coaching system virtually.
“Our IT department, along with our coaching staff did a great job with setting up the use of computers. Our players are doing a great job of accessing all of the information,” Judge says.
The new coach says that this spring has been all about learning so that the players can have a head start when they are finally able to get together for practice.
“Look, until we get on the grass, you really can’t evaluate a football player. You just can’t do it. I’ve made it clear to our team, this spring is about learning,” Judge says. “This spring is about building a base so when we get there in training camp, we can play fast and we can play aggressive.”
But since New Jersey is a COVID-19 hotspot, Judge says that the team is working on different scenarios in case training camp can’t take place at the Meadowlands.
“If, for some reason, we have to relocate, they’re making connections around the area, around the country, as to whatever we made need to do. Hopefully, in a perfect world, we’re all back together in New Jersey training sooner than later,” Judge says.
Judge says that those big decisions will be made clear with guidance from the NFL. He says that right now he is focused on working with his new staff – including offensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett – as they install his new offense.
“I think schematically, the easiest way to describe it to the outside world right now is, it’s going to be similar-based off what Jason’s done in Dallas over the last 10 years or so,” says Judge.
It remains uncertain if fans will get to see that offense in person this season. But Judge says that with or without fans, the team will be ready to play.
“We don’t have fans at practice, so we prepare them every day without people watching. These guys have to go out and they will be prepared for whatever the situation is. Truly, we want the fans there,” he says.
Judge says that he hopes that the Giants will open the season at home on Sept. 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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