The New York Giants officially announced the hiring of Joe Judge as their next head coach on Wednesday, but the announcement came with something additional you rarely see.
Yes, the Giants release was full of quotes from co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, as well as general manager Dave Gettleman, but it was also coupled with ringing endorsements from two of the most legendary men in modern football.
“Joe has done an outstanding job,” New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said, via Giants.com. “He’s an excellent coach. He understands the game well, works extremely hard and is a very good teacher of fundamentals. Joe picks up concepts and coaching points quickly. He is an exceptional leader and one of the best coaches I have been around. He has been responsible for coaching units comprised of nearly every player on the roster. That requires an ability to handle many moving parts, make constant adjustments and immediate decisions. I appreciate Joe’s many contributions to our staff and team and wish him well.”
The Giants included an additional Belichick comment obtained by our good friends over at Patriots Wire.
“Joe can probably coach any position on the field,” Belichick told Patriots Wire. “He does an excellent job of teaching players. He thinks quickly and the game comes easy to him. He understands concepts, adjustments and fundamental technique.”
Nick Saban also offered up his .02 on Judge and what he can bring to the Giants organization.
“Joe did a fantastic job for our program early on in our tenure in Tuscaloosa,” Saban said. “He went on to have a lot of success on Bill’s staff in New England. Joe is one of the brightest young coaches in our profession, and I think he will do a tremendous job as the head coach of the New York Giants. They are getting an extremely smart football coach who is very loyal, organized and diligent about getting the job done. We wish Joe and his entire family the best of luck with the Giants.”
Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores praised Judge’s ability to “leave no stone unturned.”
“Joe is a coach I have a lot of respect for after working alongside him for seven seasons. He has great attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation. His units were always well-coached and among the best in the league. I wish him success in New York,” Flores said.
The Giants compiled several other quotes from Judge’s former players and associates, so you’ll want to be sure to check that out on Giants.com.