The New York Giants introduced Joe Judge on Thursday, and the new head coach was quick to stress a hard-nosed brand of football for his squad.
“There’s a question out there a lot of people are asking: Who am I?” Judge said, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. “What I’m about is an old-school, physical mentality. We’re going to put a product on the field that the people of this area can be proud of. We’ll punch you in the nose for 60 minutes.”
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“I want this team to reflect this area,” he added. “Blue-collar, hard work. It’s in your face. We’re not going to back down from anybody.”
New York finalized a deal to hire the former New England Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Tuesday in what was deemed a surprising move to many. Judge isn’t hearing the outside noise.
“It doesn’t matter how you got there, how high-profile you might be,” he said. “It’s what you do every day. You’re in a position: Earn it.”
“You can’t get by with new gimmicks or new schemes and think you re-invented the wheel,” he continued. The same things win football games that have always won football games: fundamentals.”
Judge had been an assistant on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England since 2012, helping with personnel decisions as well. Judge will attempt to turn around a franchise that’s earned just one playoff appearance since winning the Super Bowl at the end of the 2011 campaign.