Joe Judge Not Impacting Much Change with Giants in Second Year

The New York Giants are off to another 0-2 start under second-year coach Joe Judge.
The New York Giants are off to another 0-2 start under second-year coach Joe Judge. / Chris Pedota, via Imagn

At the beginning of the Joe Judge era as head coach of the New York Giants, fans were promised something different from what they had come to see the last several years.

Ownership even weighed in to echo the fans' sentiment. Chairman John Mara told the New York Post back in March of 2020, "I’d be very disappointed if things don’t turn around quickly... I’m starting to get impatient. It’s been a while. I’m tired of explaining to fans at the end of every season, ‘Things are getting better. We’re on the right track.’ You lose credibility with them."

Yet two games into the 2021 season, it's been much of the same. Despite one of Daniel Jones' best performances of his career, New York let a road divisional victory slip away, falling to the Washington Football Team on Thursday night 30-29 on a last-second field goal by Dustin Hopkins.

The Giants are now 0-2 for the eighth time in nine seasons, and are projected to finish last in the NFC East according to the oddsmakers at WynnBET Sportsbook. Via ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, this is now the fifth consecutive season the Giants have started their season with two straight losses.

Another year, still same old New York Giants

While it's still early in the New York coaching tenure of Joe Judge, another 0-2 start to the year is demoralizing for a fan base that was promised accountability and change from the moment he first arrived.

Judge discussed holding his team to a high standard from the moment he arrived with the Giants.

"I think when you get past the initial wave of excitement, and then you realize the task at hand you have, you realize that it's time to go to work," Judge discussed in his opening press conference.

"There's people depending on you and that's a humbling feeling. You have to show up every day and do your absolute best because everyone is depending on you to do your absolute best, anything less won't be acceptable. Without going into too many details about the interview, I would say when we spoke about discipline on the team, that's something very important to me. I think you need to have the fundamental foundation of discipline on your team, that you hold players accountable."

So far in 2021, the Giants have been blown out at home, saw a endzone drop, and had an offsides call go against Dexter Lawrence after Hopkins missed the initial game-winning field goal right. This was supposed to be a team riding into the season with momentum from a 5-3 second half a season ago, but so far they've fallen flat on their faces in a winnable division.

With more and more missed opportunities to earn crucial wins in the league, the Giants may be looking to make more changes sooner rather than later.

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