EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – The New York Giants have cleaned house and fired coach Joe Judge a day after general manager Dave Gettleman retired.
The Giants announced the move late Tuesday afternoon, ending some brief speculation that the owners planned to hire a new general manager and let him decide the 40-year-old coach’s fate.
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Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said they felt it was best for the Giants to move in a different direction after five seasons in a row with double-digit losses.
The Giants have reached the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. They have been through four coaches in the last six seasons, starting with Ben McAdoo in 2016, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, Pat Shurmur in 2018 and referee being hired in 2020.
Mara said he met with the judge Monday and again Tuesday and informed him of the decision at the second meeting.
“I said before the season started that I would feel good about the direction we were heading when we played our last game of the season. “Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement and that is why we have made this decision,” said Mara.
The new general manager hires a coach.
“This will be an extensive search for our next general manager,” Mara said after Gettleman’s retirement. “We are looking for someone who exhibits exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player staff, college scouting and coaching.”
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