The Giants made the hiring of Joe Judge as their 19th head coach in franchise history official on Wednesday. The news initially broke that Judge was finalizing a deal with New York on Tuesday.
"I am humbled and honored," Judge said in an official press release. "I want to thank John Mara, Steve Tisch, Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams for this opportunity. Over the past couple of days we had great conversations about where this team is and where it is headed and how we are going to get there. My job is to lead our players and coaches. The mission is clear, to win games. There is a process to reaching that objective, and we will implement that process and work that process starting today."
Judge has been a member of the Patriots staff for the past eight seasons, serving most recently as the team's special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. Working under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who gave Judge a great recommendation to the Giants, the 38-year-old has been learning the inner workings of what it takes to build a program from one of the best to ever do it.
"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," Giants GM Dave Gettleman said.
Judge also knows a few things about winning championships. During his time as a special teams coach under Nick Saban at Alabama, he won two National Championships to go along with the three Super Bowl rings he owns during his time with the Pats.
Knowing what it takes to win a championship goes a long way, and Giants co-owner John Mara pointed that out.
"He knows what winning looks like and should look like," Mara said. "His exposure and experience in New England and Alabama have helped shape his philosophy of building a winning program and culture."
There have been a couple players touch on the type of coach Judge is, from WR Julian Edelman calling him "very passionate" to an anonymous player saying when Belichick wasn't there, Judge "ran the room."
Though the hire seemed shocking at the time -- and the Giants are certainly taking a risk in bringing in someone who has never been a head coach before -- Judge has only seen good reviews thus far from his peers. It will be interesting to see what he says during his press conference at 2 p.m. on Thursday in East Rutherford, NJ.