New Giants head coach Joe Judge is still a relatively unknown figure, but on Tuesday he received quite the endorsement from one of his former players.
Rob Gronkowski, who spent seven seasons together with Judge in New England, shed some light on the 38-year-old head coach’s personality, and he sounds like Gronk’s kind of guy.
“He’s out of control in all ways,” Gronkowski said during an “NFL on Fox” media panel. “He’s fun to be around, he has a lot of great jokes and they’re funny. He had me laughing many times in meetings.”
While Judge may be a bit of a jokester (although Gronkowski is seemingly always laughing), Gronkowski assured the Giants made an excellent hire.
“He’s out of control and I love it. He’s a great coach for the Giants’ organization,” he said. “He has so much passion for the game, and that’s what you need if you want to be a coach. You have to love the game of football to the max and that’s what he does. He knows the game of football inside and out.”
Judge coached special teams during his tenure with the Patriots, and while Gronkowski only played 97 career snaps on special teams — 78 of which came in 2012 when he broke his forearm blocking a PAT — Judge kept the future Hall of Fame tight end prepared, just in case.
“Yeah, he was the special teams coach but let me tell you: He knew the special teams inside and out,” Gronkowski said. “He knew where every single player needed to be on every single play. It was unbelievable. And he knew it like that [snaps fingers]. He knew it in a split second, so it wasn’t like he had to think of where this player needed to be. You just knew he’s made for the game of football.”