Oct 17, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett

The New York Giants on Tuesday fired Jason Garrett midway through his second season as the team’s offensive coordinator.

The move comes one day after the Giants (3-7) struggled on offense during their 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants are expected to turn the play-calling responsibilities to Freddie Kitchens, the team’s senior offensive assistant and the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

New York’s 18.9 points per game this season rank 25th in the NFL, while its 322.8 total yards per game are 23rd in the league.

The Giants have also seen quarterback Daniel Jones fail to progress in his development since he was selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones, 24, has thrown for 2,226 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions in 10 games this season.

Giants coach Joe Judge was asked about the team’s ailing offense after Monday’s loss to the Buccaneers.

“We have got to do a better job scoring points — I know that sounds pretty obvious and to the point with it, but I’m going to keep it very blunt on that right there,” Judge said. “We have to do a better job of putting our players in a position to make plays. We have too many good players and we have to put them in a better position to capitalize, that’s it. We have to make sure we sit down as a coaching staff and understand how we have to play this game and give our players a chance to make plays.”

When asked if he had faith in Garrett on Monday, Judge offered the following:

“I have faith in all the people on our team: players, coaches, everything. But look, we’ll assess everything as a team and make any move we need to going forward.”

Garrett, 55, joined the Giants in 2020 after nine-plus seasons as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Garrett went 85-67 in the regular season with the Cowboys, but the squad reached the playoffs just three times. Dallas was 2-3 in those postseason games.

After an 8-8 campaign in 2019, the Cowboys moved on from Garrett, and he was replaced by former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on the field for warm ups at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants’ Joe Judge takes blame: ‘Fish stinks from head down’

New York Giants coach Joe Judge took blame Thursday for the team’s 1-5 start, saying the “fish stinks from the head down.”

The Giants have dropped two straight and Judge is 7-15 overall since taking over as the front man for the once proud franchise. The Giants are 0-3 at home with a fourth game coming this Sunday, playing host to the Carolina Panthers (3-3). They’ve been outscored 82-38 in their home games.

So in a variation of the “buck stops here,” Judge made it clear who’s at fault.

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

“I’ve been taught that from great guys who I worked for, played for. There are no excuses, no exceptions. But it starts with me and ends with me.”

The Giants have been besieged by injuries. Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) missed practice Thursday. Starting left tackle Andrew Thomas was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.

–Field Level Media

Sep 16, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) attempts to make a catch as Washington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Joe Judge doesn’t see ‘any issue’ between players

New York Giants coach Joe Judge told reporters Friday that there was nothing to see regarding Kenny Golladay’s apparent shouting at Daniel Jones on Thursday night.

During the Giants’ 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team, Golladay was seen yelling in the direction of his quarterback on the sideline. Judge didn’t have many details to offer after saying the team’s VP of communications filled him in on the apparent spat.

“Look, I’ll talk to all of our players,” Judge said. “In terms of what you asked about with Kenny, I’ll go with the same thing I said last night — I talked to the players, talked to the coaches that were involved and everyone has kind of dismissed everything in terms of there was no conflict. It was more just emotions on the sideline, talking through situations, things going.

“Our guys have good relationships, they work together. I don’t really see any issue with that right there, so talked with the players involved and they were good.”

Other than Sterling Shepard (nine catches, 94 yards), most New York receivers played nothing more than a supporting role in the offensive game plan Thursday. Golladay, who signed for four years and $72 million during free agency, finished with three catches on eight targets for 38 yards.

The Giants ran the ball 28 times and only had 22 passing plays. Jones finished 22-for-32 for 249 yards and a touchdown as New York fell to 0-2.

Golladay wasn’t the only receiver reportedly frustrated with the offense. Rookie wideout Kadarius Toney, a first-round draft pick in April, posted a comment on his Instagram story after the game that said, “I don’t be mad (expletive) just be lame to me fr.”

The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Toney, who was not targeted Thursday, was aggravated over his role thus far, describing Toney’s thinking as, “No use in having a sports car and not driving it.” Toney has accumulated one reception for a loss of two yards thus far in his career.

Toney later tweeted, “Y’all try to turn anything into something, SMH … we good over here.”

–Field Level Media

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball as head coach Joe Judge looks on during OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday, June 4, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants coach Joe Judge fumes after practice brawl

The New York Giants drew the ire of coach Joe Judge when a teamwide brawl erupted near the end of the first padded practice on Tuesday.

It all started when running back Corey Clement ran for a big gain and was hit hard by safety Jabrill Peppers. One thing led to another, and by the time it was done, starting quarterback Daniel Jones wound up at the bottom of a pile loaded with teammates.

According to multiple outlets, Judge told his players to run sprints and do pushups as punishment, then could be heard in an expletive-laden rant.

Jones told reporters he wasn’t hurt and understood Judge’s point.

“There’s consequences for that kind of stuff and that’s the way it is in a game. If you lose your cool, there’s consequences that hurts the team. That was the message,” Jones stated. “[We] certainly got the message today.”

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Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands off to  running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Judge: Saquon Barkley attacking return; no timetable

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered last September, and coach Joe Judge likes where Barkley stands in the process.

Judge declined to provide a timetable for Barkley’s return to action, but his overall reviews of Barkley’s rehab were positive.

“He comes in every day, he attacks every day from a rehab standpoint,” Judge said. “He’s had a phenomenal attitude and great motivation; he’s been tremendously positive.”

Judge added that the Giants are taking pains to facilitate Barkley’s rehab at “the correct rate for his individual body and injury,” but that he “couldn’t be happier” with how Barkley is approaching the rehab.

Barkley, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, saw his third NFL season cut short after tearing his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 31 career games, Barkley has gained 2,344 yards on 4.7 yards per carry with 17 rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores.

Quarterback Daniel Jones added that Barkley is doing all he can to be ready for Week 1 of the 2021 season.

“That’s the type of person he is and the type of worker he is,” Jones said. “Certainly, we’ve got his back and (are) supporting him and I know he’s working his tail off, everything he can do and doing what the trainers are asking him to do. He’s had that mindset since … he went down and it’s been fun to watch him work.”

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May 27, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) participates in OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in East Rutherford. Mandatory credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA Today Sports.

Giants coach: ‘Daniel Jones is our quarterback’

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge gave Daniel Jones a vote of confidence on the quarterback’s 24th birthday Thursday.

“Daniel Jones is our quarterback,” Judge replied when asked whether the team had any interest in bringing in any veterans to create competition.

The only other quarterbacks on the current New York roster are journeyman Mike Glennon and Clayton Thorson, a fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019.

Jones is heading into his third season with the Giants, who selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019. He was 5-9 as a starter in 2020, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushing for 423 yards and one score.

“I’m proud of the way he works every day,” Judge said. “This guy comes to work every day and whatever phase he’s in, if he’s in the weight room, getting treatment on field, throwing with his teammates, organizing things outside this building, the guy always has a plan of how he’s going to attack things. And I’m proud to watch how he’s worked.”

Jones, who threw 24 touchdown passes in 13 games (12 starts) as a 2019 rookie, said he wants to improve as a leader this season.

“As a quarterback, my role is a lot of times to be that communicator, to bring guys together, to get guys moving toward where we need to go, thinking about our goals and what we want to accomplish come this fall,” Jones said Thursday.

The Giants haven’t had a winning record or gone to the playoffs since the 2016 season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) talks with wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Judge fires away after Eagles’ loss KO’d Giants

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge did not hold back Monday, one day after the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to throw away a chance to defeat the Washington Football Team, ending the Giants’ last chance at making the playoffs.

With one last playoff spot to be decided Sunday night, Washington nabbed it with a 20-14 victory in a game where Eagles head coach Doug Pederson decided to make a second-half switch from starting quarterback Jalen Hurts to Nate Sudfeld, who had not thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2018. The Giants were poised to advance with an Eagles victory.

Judge was not amused.

“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success in the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything they can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants.” Judge said.

Judge never actually mentioned the Eagles by name, but he hardly had to.

Pederson said afterward he was coaching to win the game, but the Eagles did benefit in defeat, landing the No. 6 overall selection in next year’s NFL draft.

During a trying 2020 season, Judge referenced Giants players who decided to “opt in” and play, while honoring the sacrifices that the decision required.

“To me, you don’t ever want to disrespect those players and their effort and disrespect the game,” Judge said. “The sacrifices that they made to come into work every day and test before coming in, to sit in meetings spaced out, to wear masks and have shields over those masks, to go through extensive protocols, to travel in unconventional ways, to get text messages at 6:30 in the morning telling them practice was going to be canceled (and) we have to do a virtual day.”

Judge went a step further, mentioning the sacrifices that fell on the families of the players.

“To tell (players) please don’t have your family over for Thanksgiving, please avoid Christmas gatherings, we know it’s your wife’s birthday, let’s make sure we put that one off until the offseason,” Judge said. “There’s a number of sacrifices made by all the players and coaches in this league. There’s a number of sacrifices that comes along as well with the family members and people connected to them.”

The Giants did have a chance to earn their way to the playoffs on the field, but won just six games all season, including three defeats in the last four games. New York did go 2-0 against the Washington Football Team, but Washington was able to win the NFC East with just seven victories.

“So we’re not going to make excuses as an organization, not now, not ever,” Judge said about the team’s fate falling to a game between division rivals. “We had our opportunities.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Judge: QB Jones’ status in question vs. Browns

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is nursing a second “lower leg issue” heading into this weekend’s home game against the Cleveland Browns, coach Joe Judge said on Wednesday.

Jones sustained a right hamstring injury in New York’s 19-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 29. He returned from a one-game absence on Sunday before injuring his ankle in the second quarter of the 26-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, multiple outlets reported.

Judge said he hasn’t decided whether Jones or Colt McCoy would get the nod for the Giants (5-8) on Sunday night against the Browns (9-4).

“I haven’t decided either way with Daniel,” Judge said. “I’ll go ahead and answer that right now. He came out, there’s really nothing worse for the wear with the previous injury. He did come out with some bumps and bruises. There’s another lower leg issue we’re dealing with right now. We’re going to go ahead and move him around in practice today, see where he’s at. I’m going to give him an opportunity this week to work through practice and see how he moves and how he reacts to things.”

Judge wants to see how Jones “can defend himself” in the pocket.

“As I’ve said before on how I’ll handle it, if he’s not at risk beyond any normal game, then we’ll go ahead and give him the opportunity to play. If we think that’s an issue, that he can’t go out there and defend himself, then we’ll make the best decision for him long-term and the team as well.”

Jones, 23, completed 11 of 21 passes for 127 yards against the Cardinals. He also had three fumbles, losing one.

The second-year quarterback has thrown for 2,462 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games this season. He has also rushed for 403 yards and a score.

McCoy, 34, has completed 21 of 35 passes for one touchdown and one interception this season. He has appeared in 43 career games (29 starts) and thrown for 6,234 yards with 30 touchdowns and 28 interceptions since being selected by the Browns in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

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Nov 2, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) catches a touchdown pass in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (23) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Tate won’t play Sunday after turbulent week

Veteran wide receiver Golden Tate will not travel with the New York Giants to Washington for Sunday’s game, NFL Network reported.

The move caps a week that saw coach Joe Judge tell Tate to stay home from practice on Wednesday following his behavior during Monday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When Tate returned to practice later in the week, he was assigned scout team duties.

The Giants (1-7) are scheduled to play the Washington Football Team (2-5) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Tate, 32, caught his first pass in Monday’s game during the fourth quarter and reportedly yelled “throw me the damn ball” at the Giants’ sideline. Later, he made a stellar touchdown grab to pull New York within two and screamed “throw me the ball!” into an ESPN camera.

Tate also engaged in a few other outbursts in which he was jumping up and down or waving his hands to display his frustration when he felt he was open and the ball didn’t come his way.

“It has to be team-first for everyone in this building, every coach and every player,” Judge told reporters earlier this week. “There are no exceptions for that. I’m not going to tolerate and put up with any kind of selfish behavior from anybody.”

Tate’s wife, Elise, also complained about her husband’s role in the offense in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Tate has 22 receptions for 226 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season. The 11-year veteran has 682 catches for 8,116 yards and 46 scores in 155 career games (112 starts) with the Seahawks, Lions, Eagles and Giants.

The Giants signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million contract — $22.95 million of it guaranteed — in March 2019.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) is brought down by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Judge: Ramsey threw first punch at Tate

A day after postgame fight broke out between New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Giants coach Joe Judge on Monday said he believed it was Ramsey who threw the first punch and Tate who was defending himself.

Television cameras caught the brawl around midfield shortly after the host Rams defeated the Giants 17-9. Players from both teams appeared to be trying to break up a fight on the ground, and reports surfaced that Ramsey and Tate were indeed the ones on the ground.

The spat stems from a family matter between the two — Ramsey has two children with Tate’s sister, but the two are no longer a couple.

“I’ll say this. First off, I don’t want (co-owners) John Mara, Steve Tisch or anybody involved with this team to have to deal with something like this after the game,” Judge said. “This isn’t why we play the game. We have 60 minutes to beat the hell out of each other legally between the whistles. We don’t need anything extra after. I talked to a number of our players, then obviously, we saw some video on it of guys who were involved.”

“Look, all I can say is the account I got from a number of our players was that, there’s a history, obviously, between them,” he continued. “There was a punch thrown. Golden was defending himself. I was told he wasn’t the one who threw the punch. Everybody involved was trying to break it up.”

When asked if he would impose any sort of discipline on Tate, Judge said, “Based on the information I was given and what I saw with my own eyes and what our players gave me, it didn’t sound like there’s an immediate need for that. But we’ll look into it. Obviously, we’ll always take care of our players.”

ESPN reported Monday that the NFL is not expected to suspend either player.

The Rams and McVay have yet to speak to the media Monday.

–Field Level Media