The New York Giants were expected to meet with the favorite for their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday, but Baylor coach Matt Rhule never made it to the Meadowlands for an interview before he decided to take an offer from the Carolina Panthers instead.
That caused the Giants to adjust course and while there were rumors they might bring Jason Garrett in for an interview, it seems they quickly made the decision to not possibly let another of their favorite candidates go elsewhere as it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and confirmed by Ian Rapoport that they were hiring Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge to the position.
New York Giants are finalizing a deal to make Patriots’ wide receivers coach Joe Judge their next head coach, league sources tell ESPN. Deal was in the works as of last night, which is another reason Matt Rhule took the Panthers’ HC job.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2020
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2020
As Schefter notes, this was apparently in the works since Monday night which was among the reasons Rhule took the Panthers job — although, that does seem to be a little bit of the Giants saving face and insisting they got their guy all along. Whatever the case, it’s just the latest instance of someone from the Belichick coaching tree finding their way into a head coaching job. Josh McDaniels is expected to do so (again) as well, and with Judge headed to New York the Pats will have to almost completely retool their offensive staff — as one would expect Judge and McDaniels to both try to bring a few assistants with them.
Judge had been with the Patriots since 2012 as a special teams assistant and coordinator, before adding the wide receiver group to his plate this past season. As for the Garrett interview request, that apparently is for the offensive coordinator job under Judge, which would make for an interesting dynamic.
Source: #Giants requested permission from #Cowboys to interview Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator under new HC Joe Judge. Garrett’s 10 years of head coaching experience would be important asset to inexperienced HC. Also Garrett could develop Daniel Jones if interested.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 7, 2020