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Joe Judge fired after two seasons as Giants head coach

Joe Judge fired after two seasons as Giants head coach
Joe Judge was given two days to try to defend two bad seasons. Ultimately, he could not. Who could? The Giants announced on Tuesday that Judge had been relieved of his duties as head coach, ending a t

"I said before the season started that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were headed when we played our last game of the season," co-owner John Mara said in an announcement on Tuesday evening."We appreciate Joe’s efforts on behalf of the organization," Mara said.The Giants are to begin interviews with general manager candidates — none of whom has ever worked in their front office, which is a rarity for the organization — on Wednesday morning, and Mara said whoever they hire will "lead the effort to hire a new head coach.Upon hiring Judge, Mara had said he wanted to show him more patience than his predecessors had been granted, and there were indications that Judge might even wield power in the team’s general manager search.

" The firing came a day after the team announced the retirement of general manager Dave Gettleman." All eight known candidates for the general manager position come from teams now preparing for the postseason, so time is not as critical to the coaching search; if any were to bring an assistant coach or coordinator from his current organization, such a hire could not be made until that team is eliminated from the playoffs anyway.

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