Giants owners John Mara, Steve Tisch explain decision to fire Joe Judge

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  • New York Giants
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  • Joe Judge
    American football coach (born 1981)
John Mara looking toward side at podium August 2021
John Mara looking toward side at podium August 2021

Depending on who you ask, the Giants shocked the football world by firing Joe Judge after two seasons.

It's the third head coach the Giants have hired that couldn't reach a third season. That, coupled with the fact that owner John Mara seemed to love Judge, is why some people may be surprised.

In fact, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano had previously noted that Judge's job was safe "as long as the end of the season didn’t turn into a complete embarrassment."

Unfortunately for Judge, that's exactly what happened, and it ultimately forced ownership to move on.

Mara said the following in a statement released on Tuesday night:

"Steve (Tisch) and I both believe it is in the best interest of our franchise to move in another direction," said team president John Mara. "We met with Joe yesterday afternoon to discuss the state of the team. I met again with Joe this afternoon, and it was during that conversation I informed Joe of our decision. We appreciate Joe's efforts on behalf of the organization.

"I said before the season started that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were headed when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement, which is why we have made this decision.

"We will hire a general manager and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach."

Added Tisch:

"It is an understatement to say John and I are disappointed by the lack of success we have had on the field. We are united in our commitment to find a general manager who will provide the direction necessary for us to achieve the on-field performance and results we all expect."