MOBILE, Ala. – Teach me something.
That is the demand that Joe Judge makes for anyone interested in becoming part of his first coaching staff at Giants. Whether it's a well-known former head coach like Jason Garrett or a lesser-known hopeful assistant, the judge must see and hear the candidate's ability to convey knowledge.
"What I'm really looking for in the interview process is I want to know how you can teach," Judge said Wednesday in a conference room next to his senior bowl hotel room.
"Make me better by listening to your instructions. There are many people who have a knowledge base. You can talk to any of the guys who train here and put them on a board and they can work something out. Everyone has a fancy scheme and there are many people who can draw on their past experiences. But teach me how to make a peanut butter jelly sandwich. Teach me. Make me the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich maker in the world. "
Well, that's not a real example of how the new Giants head coach does his job search. There was no "first get the peanut butter out of the pantry and the jelly out of the fridge" – although the judge revealed that he preferred to base the peanut butter-jelly ratio much more heavily on the peanut butter, much like meat. Cheese-cheese ratio on a cheeseburger.
As the 38-year-old goes through the hiring process, every step, every decision, every call, and every consideration is based on the immediate and long-term success of a franchise company that has gotten into difficult times.
"Look, I'm taking my time," said the judge. "One thing I don't want to do is turn around and make too many changes after this year. I don't bring anyone into this organization to change. I want to spend my time in the frontend, I want to make sure the right ones People come in here. "
The judge has his coordinators on site – Garrett on the offensive, Patrick Graham on the defensive and Thomas McGaughey – a returnee of Pat Shurmur's staff – on special teams. The only two assistants that the Giants will confirm are Jerome Henderson (defender) and Burton Burns (running backs). Others, such as Jerry Schuplinski (Quarterbacks) and Tyke Tolbert (Receiver), are almost confirmed. Freddie Kitchens, who was successful as the Browns head coach, is an option (perhaps a close end), as is the former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach, Bret Bielema, as a defense assistant, and Jody Wright on the offensive staff. Dave DeGuglielmo (he worked for the Giants under Tom Coughlin), the NFL's long-time offensive coach, sat down for a talk with Garrett on Tuesday. Marc Columbo, who worked for Garrett in the Cowboys offensive line, is also in the mix.
Before inviting someone to an interview, the judge said, "I've made at least 50 calls to the guy, even if it's someone I know and have a business relationship with."
This is quite a review process.
"I want to speak to players with whom they have trained, I want to speak to coaches with whom they have worked, I want to speak to coaches against whom they have acted, I want to know what kind of multiples and problems they have for opponents represent the judge said.
Richter impressed at his introductory press conference when he said he wanted "teachers, not moderators" on his staff. It's a big topic for him. His mother was a kindergarten and primary school teacher and is now the head teacher.
"Anyone can go out there and point to a player and say," You screw this up, "" said the judge. Â € œTell him how to do it right. Show him what he did wrong and how to correct it. I want to know that. "
These interviews take different forms depending on the candidate. Sometimes there are hours on board. Sometimes Judge is on his feet with the budding trainer working on techniques. Sometimes, he said, there is laughter, sometimes the discussion gets heated.
“But in the end you have to boil it down,” said Judge, “and find out what this guy brings to our employees, our table and our organization to improve the performance of our players. "
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