Giants’ Joe Judge attempts to put an end to HeadsetGate

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The Giants have won two of their last three games with the one loss coming last Monday night in Kansas City — a 20-17 defeat in which the Giants claimed they had communication issues (i.e. the coach’s Bose headsets).

“The headsets were going out,” Judge told reporters after a 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. “We are having headset issues. This has happened in every game so far. We deal with the league and they keep telling us there are different software updates or whatever it is, but we had to call two timeouts today because we were trying to send the deals in personnel wise and you got half of the headsets not getting reception.”

The NFL later said they found no evidence to support Judge’s claims.

This week, against the Las Vegas Raiders at home, the Giants won, 20-16, and headset issues are no longer in the conversation.

“I’m not going to go into headsets, period, going forward,” said head coach Joe Judge. “I’ve had some conversations with the league and basically, I’m just going to go ahead and stay off those issues and make sure anything that happens we do get resolved.”

That’s because those claims went unfounded. Judge was likely blaming the headsets for his team’s loss when other culprits were at hand, such as team discipline and his staff’s shortcomings when it comes to play calling and clock management.

It appears one issue may have been addressed as linebacker Oshane Ximines, whose offside penalty negated a game-sealing interception in Kansas City, has been benched. He was a healthy scratch against the Raiders on Sunday.

But Judge downplayed Ximines’ benching as nothing more than numbers game, not a disciplinary action.

“No, we just made the move we thought was going to be best for us within the game plan that we had yesterday. It’s as simple as that,” Judge said.

Sure it is.

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