People Rip Giants for Making Unheralded Joe Judge Their Head Coach

Joe Judge was previously in charge of the Patriots' wide receivers.

New England Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge

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New England Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge

After missing out on Mike McCarthy, the Giants have reportedly decided to move forward with Patriots wide receivers coach, Joe Judge.

Sources tell ESPN that the Giants made the decision after they interviewed Judge on Monday night. The other leading candidate for the job, Matt Rhule, was hired by the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday. 

The 38-year-old Judge has been with the Patriots organization since 2012. He started off as a special teams assistant before becoming the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. Although Judge has been a part of a championship-winning franchise, he's still relatively unknown, especially in comparison to other high profile candidates. Additionally, the Patriots' Achilles heel this season, was their lackluster play at the wide receiver position. With that said, it's not hard to predict how people reacted to the surprising hire. 

Stephen A. Smith was particularly harsh, saying that "black men are being ostracized" from key positions in hte NFL. 

Now the Giants are looking to fill out the rest of the coaching staff. ESPN's Ed Werder reports that the team has requested to interview former Cowboys coach, Jason Garrett, for their open offensive coordinator position.  

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