Garrett? Gruden? The offensive decision by Joe Judge's coordinator will reveal so much


The next big one has to be a big one … right?

When Joe Judge put his first NFL staff together, he already opened many eyes by avoiding brand names (Wade Phillips, Marvin Lewis) or a proven veteran (George Edwards) or putative rising star (Kris Richard) and instead hiring Patrick Graham as hired has its defense coordinator. The judge maintains Thomas McGaughey, who was the coordinator of the Giants special teams. A solid move that makes sense, but certainly doesn't make a lot of headlines.

Anyone who decides to hire an offensive coordinator will tell so much about the new 38-year-old head coach of the Giants. The conventional idea is that someone who is so young wants and needs to surround themselves with a proven, experienced lieutenant, either an older, seasoned veteran assistant or a former head coach, on their first NFL appearance, not just to lead the offensive but to advance ideas and suggestions from, new head coach to former head coach.

There are some interesting and attractive options. Jason Garrett, Jay Gruden, and Jim Caldwell would easily sell to a fan base that was baffled by Judge's attitude, skeptical and curious, and most of all inspired by what they heard at his introductory press conference. The Giants know that they went out of the box with Judge and quietly hope that he can put together a quality staff, which Pat Shurmur has failed to achieve with alarmingly poor results.

The selection of Graham, a 40-year-old who has had a difficult season with the Dolphins in his single year as NFL defensive coordinator, shows that Judge values ​​his previous relationships. he and Graham spent four years on Bill Belichick's staff with the patriots. Richter and Jerry Schuplinski, the Giants' new quarterback coach, spent six years together in New England. There are no such obvious connections to various offensive coordinator options, but it seems to make sense that the judge finds someone he can trust to plan the offense, call the plays for Daniel Jones, and help Schuplinski develop Jones , which means that he touches them. Experience with quarterback position numbers is a prerequisite.

Giants head coach Joe Judge; Jason Garrett
Giants head coach Joe Judge; Jason GarrettCharles Wenzelberg, Getty

Gruden, 52, was unable to overcome the Redskins swamp as head coach, but is respected as an offensive head. He did a good job for the Bengals before going to Washington. Caldwell, 64, was a successful head coach for the Colts and Lions and has an extensive resume that works with quarterbacks.

Garrett, 53, was the Cowboys head coach for almost a decade and, as a former NFL quarterback, was ideally tempered and in the background to help Jones advance to the next level. Garrett was (for Kerry Collins) a popular reinforcement with the Giants, has immense knowledge of the NFC East and could be a valuable sounding board for judges without an oversized ego.

There are so many options that the judge can go through. Todd Monken will not be returning to Cleveland. John DeFilippo is out and about in Jacksonville. Shane Waldron is a young quarterback guru with the Rams. A name to look at: Chad O’Shea. He was released after a year as an offensive coordinator for dolphins, and prior to that, you guessed it, he spent seven years at Judge and the Patriots as a coach for bulk receivers.

It is certainly possible that Judge will assess the situation and his best option is to keep Mike Shula, Pat Shurmur's (non-playful) offensive coordinator, for the past two seasons.

It seems clear that Judge is not interested in hiring someone to calm them down or alleviate their fears.

"There will be no coach in our organization who only has the best interest in the players and does not come to work every day and the boys who go to work are putting their butts at risk for them," said the judge. "I want teachers, not moderators. I don't want someone who looks chic in front of the screen to be able to say it with many different sales lines. I want teachers, I want old people who can get to our players and give them a picture of what it should look like. "

Garrett, with 23 years of experience in the NFL – eight as a player, 15 as a coach – would be returned to Giants. Out of respect, Garrett should be the last interview for the head coach position, but the judge's decision was quick. Garrett, clapping on the Giants sideline, would be a good story and probably a good job. However, this is up to the judge.

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