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Joe Judge and Bill Belichick, New England Patriots (February 4, 2018)

Joe Judge with Bill Belichick – © USA TODAY Sports

Although not official, in a shocking move, the New York Giants have hired New England Patriots Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach Joe Judge as the team’s new head coach, the 19th in team history. Judge was interviewed by the Giants on Monday and ended up being the fifth and last head-coaching candidate with whom the team met. The NFL Network is reporting that Judge was also offered the head-coaching job at Mississippi State University, but chose the Giants instead.

The 38-year old Judge has held mainly special teams titles with the Patriots since 2012, including special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach (2019), special teams coordinator (2015-2018), and special teams assistant (2012-2014). He has also served as University of Alabama special teams assistant (2009-2011) and Birmingham-Southern College linebackers coach (2008).

ESPN is reporting that the Giants have requested permission from the Dallas Cowboys to interview Jason Garrett as the team’s new offensive coordinator.

Earlier in the morning, it was announced Baylor University Head Coach Matt Rhule, who was widely regarded as the Giants’ #1 choice, had been hired by the Carolina Panthers as their new head coach. Rhule had been scheduled to meet with the Giants on Tuesday. The NFL Network is reporting that Rhule called the Giants and gave them an opportunity to match his 7-year, $62+ million contract with the Panthers, but the Giants declined. In addition, the Giants had been expected to interview New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Josh McDaniels on Wednesday.

The Giants ended up interviewing four other head-coaching candidates: Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach/Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard last Thursday, former Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy last Friday, and Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale last Saturday. McCarthy was hired as the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

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