Joe And Evan React To Joe Judge Hire: 'Giants Better Hit This One'


Pat Shurmur is out, and Joe Judge is reportedly in as the next coach of the Giants.

Judge takes over a franchise that is lucky to have a bunch of promising pieces for the future. Shurmur oversaw Daniel Jones’ first year in the NFL, but it’s now up to Judge to make sure that Jones, Saquon Barkley and the team’s other young players develop properly. 

Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts began their show on Tuesday by reacting to the news of Judge’s reported hire. They both know how important it is that the Giants get this particular appointment correct.

“Really? Joe Judge? I’ll tell you, the Giants better hit this one,” said Benigno. “They didn’t get McCarthy, who winds up in the division, no less … Matt Rhule could turn out to be the next great head coach in the history of the league, just like Joe Judge. We don’t know. We have no idea … His (Rhule’s) stock has risen faster than anybody I could ever imagine that was not a head coach in the league before.”

David Gettleman’s future with the Giants could also hinge on whether he has gotten this coaching choice right. Shurmur didn’t work in New York, so it’s imperative, for Gettleman’s sake, that Judge does.

For a time, Rhule seemed to be the leading candidate for the job, while Judge seemed to be a long shot. But now Rhule has officially ended up in Carolina, where he will reportedly be paid up to $70 million over seven years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Judge certainly won’t be making that much, which could be why the Giants ultimately decided to go with him. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says the team declined to match the Panthers’ offer for Rhule.

 Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge and head coach Bill Belichick talk during a the AFC championship game against the Broncos in the AFC Championship football game on Jan 24, 2016, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Mark J. Rebilas/USA

Roberts knows that Rhule going to Carolina disappointed from Giants fans, but he doesn’t see any reason to freak out over the former Baylor coach not coming to New York.

“My first reaction was ‘alright, calm down everybody. Calm down, Giants fans.’ He’s Matt Rhule! … Matt Rhule is a college coach. He is as unknown at what he’s going to do at the next level, as Joe Judge is. They have the same amount of career head coaching games in the NFL.”

Judge has been in the Patriots’ organization since 2012. He was a special teams assistant until he was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015. In 2019, he also took on the responsibility of becoming the teams wide receivers coach.

Roberts compared the hire of Judge to when John Harbaugh first got a head coaching job, as the two had similar backgrounds in terms of how they gained experience in the NFL.

“We look back at John Harbaugh, and we see a success … he came from a background, very similar to Judge, in that he was a special teams coach … but for whatever reason, over the last 15 years, 20 years, we never hear about the ‘hot special teams coach,’ and maybe we should. And so that aspect of Joe Judge, I like. It’s the idea of Joe Judge, because I don’t know Joe Judge, nobody does.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full intro from Tuesday's "Joe & Evan" show.