Giants' Joe Judge explains why now was right time to fire Jason Garrett, how offense moves on from here

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Jason Garrett calls play with Joe Judge in background
Jason Garrett calls play with Joe Judge in background

The Giants announced the firing of OC Jason Garrett on Tuesday following a horrific offensive performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Head coach Joe Judge spoke to the media to explain why now was the right time to make that call despite the Giants' offense struggling mightily since the season began.

"In terms of entering the bye week, we’d played a stretch of three games leading into it where I thought as a team we were making some progress overall," Judge said. "There’s some things we’d address and change and improve on. But ultimately, I thought going into the bye week would give it a little time going forward and I just want to make sure we make progress in the right direction. It’s not a snap decision or anything.

"After last night, we gotta make some moves to give our offense an opportunity to change some things up, be productive and hopefully score more points.”

Through 10 games, the Giants are 25th in the league in points at 18.9 per game and 23rd in total yards. And it's telling that, even with all the weapons on this team in 2021, Garrett held a streak of not scoring over 30 points in the 26 games he was offensive coordinator with Big Blue.

That's why it appeared a change was on the horizon, though Judge said the embarrassing loss to the Bucs wasn't the boiling point.

"I’ll make every decision based on what’s best for the team long-term. I feel we need to be more productive as an offense," said Judge. "Generally speaking, the offense’s job is to score points. I don’t believe we’re scoring enough points and it’s my job as the head coach to make sure our players go out there and have the opportunity to make plays.”

Moving forward, Judge consistently said during his news conference that the team's offense will be a "collaborative" juncture, but SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has a source saying Freddie Kitchens, the team's senior offensive assistant, will be the interim play-caller on that side of the ball.

He did so in 2020 when Garrett had to miss a game due to COVID, and he has experience leading an offense in the past.

"What I like about Freddie is he has a very aggressive approach to the game," he said. "I think Freddie’s done a good job in terms of using his players and creating matchups and situations where they can have success and he’s calls it with a degree of multiple and variables which presents problems to opponents. He sees it through the lens of the player if that makes sense in terms of creating plays for the player.”

At the end of the day, Judge just wants to see something, anything, change on the offensive side of the ball.

"I expect to see increased level of production," he said.

"We need to be more productive and score more points, and that's the focus going forward."