"One game at a time" is pretty cliche, but Giants' head coach Joe Judge is preaching that motto to his team after an 0-3 start.
Judge knows his team needs to improve.
"There is work we have to do and we have to improve as a team," said Judge. "Everyone has to play better, everyone has to coach better."
And he's preaching that to his guys.
"I'm really just emphasizing to our team just weekly improvement, starting with fundamentals and execution," Judge said. "That's really it. we need to focus on what we're doing day by day to...make sure sure that we're improving as a unit and as a team, and then all the other things will start taking care of themselves."
This is unfamiliar territory for Judge. He's a three-time Super Bowl champion and a two-time BCS National Champion. Judge has not been a part of a .500 team as a coach since he was a linebackers coach with Birmingham-Southern College in 2008.
But Judge doesn't think the vibe in other NFL front offices, even those that are 3-0, is much different.
"I've been on teams that are 5-0, 6-0, 7-0, 10-0, and I'm telling you right now, it's the same feeling in every building across the league right now. All they're thinking about is things you have to improve on, things you have to work on," Judge said.
Judge added that not every hot start he had led to the ultimate goal.
"I’ll tell you right now, those years we started off with a lot of wins, we didn’t always finish those years as successful as the years we started off pretty rough,
"Sometimes early on, you really get a vision of what you are and your identity by how you have to correct your mistakes and what you have to learn from...You have to make sure you kind of bring it back into perspective and understand it’s a day by day process as a team, and you’re all you got...But we’re going to try to keep it simple for our players that we can improve on a weekly basis and keep moving forward," said Judge.
Judge said successful locker rooms could sometimes be "doom and gloom," but he does not feel that's the case in East Rutherford.
"I think we’re fine. I think the emphasis has to be for our guys on moving forward and executing, and that’s the biggest thing," said Judge. "We have to be better teachers and coaches, and we have to execute better on the field for 60 minutes. That’s really it.