The Giants have found their guy, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge is close to finalizing a deal to become the 19th head coach in franchise history.
It was a move that completely shocked the NFL world even more after Matt Rhule agreed to take the Panthers' head coach position at a whopping seven years for a total $70 million with incentives.
So what exactly do we know about Judge and what he brings to New York as the team's new leader? Here are a few facts...
Belichick's stamp of approval
It's one thing to coach alongside Belichick, but it's another to get Belichick to speak on your behalf.
"Joe has done a great job of ... taking on some other things with the offense, in particular receivers, so he's done a great job," Belichick told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo. "He's an excellent coach."
Veteran WR Julian Edelman is also a big fan of Judge, whom he calls "very passionate."
"He works very hard at his craft," Edelman said. "It's exciting to have him. He's been doing a great job. I'm excited to have him."
Mississippi State ties
A standout football player at Landsdale (Pa.) Catholic High School, Judge went on to Mississippi State to play for the Bulldogs program from 2000-04. All these years later, he now has the chance to return to his alma mater to fill their head coach slot.
Judge will be interviewing for that job on Friday, and many believe he is high on the Bulldogs' radar to lead them next season.
Judge knows a thing or two about winning a ring. While spending time as an assistant at Alabama, Judge was part of two National Championship-winning teams.
Moving on to the Patriots, he now has three Super Bowl rings in his possession over his eight seasons. Seeing and knowing what it takes to win a title is a great trait for any head coach.
Almost moved on with Josh McDaniels
Pats OC Josh McDaniels infamously accepted the Colts head coaching job last offseason just to back out of his agreement the next day to stay in New England. Well, if that didn't happen, Judge wouldn't still be with the Patriots.
When McDaniels was expected to be moving on to a head coaching role, Judge was ready to follow him. Now, with McDaniels getting looks from teams -- including the Giants -- both coaches could have new teams next season.