Giants were blown away by Joe Judge: '[He] is as impressive a candidate as I have interviewed'

By WEEI 93.7

On Wednesday, the Giants officially hired former Patriots wide receivers/special teams coach Joe Judge as their next head coach.

In the press release, a number of members of the Giants organization had great praise for the 38-year-old.

“This was the deepest group of quality candidates I can recall, and Joe is as impressive a candidate as I have interviewed,” co-owner John Mara said. “We met with Joe on Monday. We did have some other candidates lined up to speak with, but Joe had established the threshold at that point. He knows what winning looks like and should look like. His exposure and experience in New England and Alabama have helped shape his philosophy of building a winning program and culture. We are thankful that he has accepted the responsibility to lead our team.”

Added co-owner Steve Tisch: “We had a great conversation, and Joe articulated his vision of leadership and team building. He clearly learned some valuable lessons in both those areas while working with Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. He is an impressive young leader, and as we said last week, he will have the full support of ownership to get us where we want to be.”

Before joining the Patriots in 2012, Judge was a special teams assistant at Alabama under Saban for three seasons.

“Joe has prepared for this moment and is ready for the challenge of leading our team,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “His beliefs and principles are all about the team. Because of his background with special teams working under Bill Belichick, he has had the experience of evaluating and managing the entire roster. Can’t wait to work with him.”

Judge will officially be introduced with a press conference at MetLife Stadium Thursday afternoon.