Giants coach Joe Judge insists ‘fistfights’ comment not directed at Washington

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New York Giants head coach Joe Judge has a press conference for the ages after Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

Giants Wire assembled 15 of Judge’s top quotes from that epic press conference.

One of those quotes seemed to hint at the Washington Football Team indirectly. In the WFT’s Week 16 blowout loss to the Cowboys, defensive tackles and longtime teammates Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne got into an altercation on Washington’s sideline. Allen threw a punch at Payne before things eventually settled down.

After the game, the two players squashed any concerns, both citing it as “brothers fighting.”

In Judge’s doozy of a presser, he said the following:

“So this ain’t a team that’s having fistfights on the sidelines,” Judge said. “This ain’t some clown show organization or something else. You talk about the foundation built; you talk about the things that — the toughest thing to change in a team, the toughest thing to change in a club is the way people think.”

It’s reasonable to believe why Washington would think the comment was directed at them.

On Wednesday, Judge said the comment was not directed toward Washington but instead offered this response:

“No. I just made a comment to any outward dysfunction,” Judge said regarding his comments, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “My focus is on getting our team ready for Washington right now. You could make a lot [out] of the comments I’ve said in the past. Right now, I’m focusing on getting the team ready for Washington this weekend.”

Judge didn’t do himself any favors by pulling out of the media call with Washington reporters either.

It’s difficult to give Judge a pass after this fiasco. If he were winning, Giants’ fans wouldn’t care. However, at 4-12, the Giants are headed for another top-five pick and a potential new general manager and coach.

On the bright side, at least Judge’s comments give us something to look forward to in Week 18.