Judgment day has come for the New York Giants head coach and Joe Judge did not survive. Who are the best candidates to fill in the G-Men’s vacancy?
A tumultuous 2021 NFL season divided New York Giants fans. No one knew who to blame for the team’s lack of success. Was it head coach Joe Judge, or was it Dave Gettleman? Guess we’ll never know. After Gettleman announced he was stepping down, Giants CEO and President John Mara cleaned house. Joe Judge was relieved of his duties the day after Black Monday. Mara must have heard the outcry from Giants fans as they look to move in a different direction — for good reason.
The 2021 NFL season saw the New York Giants go on a historic slide under Joe Judge. The G-Men closed out the season, losing their final six games by double digits. 21/32 NFL teams have been in the playoffs the last two years—the Giants were no one of them.
The Giants made it clear, whoever the General Manager has free reigns. They’re loaded with draft capital and very tradable pieces. We don’t know who the GM will be, and it’s hard to guess who’s up next in the NFL. However, it’s less difficult and more fun to guess and discuss potential head candidates.
Let’s get the honorable mentions out of the way. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will be number one on everyone’s list. NFL media praised Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich for his play calling. The G-Men should have both their names in the hat. However, it’s up to the new General Manager, and this writer has a few names Giants fans should keep their eyes on
New York Giants HC candidate no. 5. Raheem Morris, DC, Los Angeles Rams
The Giants should look for a head coach with actual head coaching experience. A name who deserves some love in coaching circles who hasn’t gotten it is Raheem Morris. He currently works under Sean McVay, and we know the recent history of anyone who crossed paths with the offensive genius extraordinaire.
Morris currently coaches the Rams defense that allows just under 22 points per game. He also has Jalen Ramsey playing the best ball of his career. According to PFF, Ramsey’s coverage grade is the best he’s posted since 2017.
Morris found success as a head coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 10-6 record. While it may not seem that impressive, it was historic. That season Morris did something no coach had done since the merger, and that’s start and coach 10 rookies to a winning record.
Unfortunately, he tailed off in year three. He went to become the defensive coordinator for the Falcons, where he also served as interim head coach. After a stint on the west coast, the New York Giants’ next general manager may want to have Morris on speed-dial.