Facing the 5-10 Chicago Bears, a team widely expected to fire their head coach after this season, the Giants were absolutely atrocious on offense.
Mike Glennon finished the day 4-of-11 for 24 passing yards, two interceptions and four fumbles (two lost). Of Glennon’s four completed passes, two gained yards. He was also sacked four times for a total loss of 34 yards, and the Giants passing game gained a grand total of -10 yards.
That is quite historically bad.
The Giants ended up losing 29-3.
When asked by a reporter why fans should have faith that he is the person who can right the ship, head coach Joe Judge launched into a 10-minute rant in which he claimed that he frequently receives calls from players who were on the Giants last year and are now making more money playing elsewhere.
“I can tell you we’re got more players here who are going to be free agents next year, all right, they’re coming in my office every day begging me to come back. I know that. I know that. I know players that we coached last year still calling me twice a week telling me how much they wish they were still here even though they’re getting paid more somewhere else. Ok? So I know we’ve got the right foundational pieces right there. “
Judge then talked about how he was able to shape the culture of the team when he got to the franchise at the beginning of 2020.
“We know the culture is strong. I’m going to tell you’s right now. You guys always ask me about off the field stuff and why the hell is it so important to have culture, so I’m going to tell you right now, all right? A few years ago before I came here, when I came here and I sat down with all the players, I wanted to know what it was like in here, what we had to change from their mouths, all right, to a man every player looked me in the eye and said, Joe, it’s not a team, they don’t play hard, we’re out of playoffs, everybody quit, everybody tapped, they stopped showing up to captains meetings, all that stuff. Right? They tapped out.
“I’ve been a part of teams in other places. And I’m not trying to make this place anywhere else I’ve been. But lessons I’ve learned: Let me tell you something right now, all right, in 2018, I was a part of a team who halfway through the season, all right, we were all pretty convinced we were getting fired. We didn’t think we were going to make the playoffs, had no concept of anything was coming, we just showed up and kept improving to work week after week. And on the outside, we were we all terrible. But we didn’t care about that any of that noise on the outside. We didn’t care about it at all. What do you care about on the inside, what are you doing? They showed up, they fought, they worked. We were improving as a team and put things together, and make a run and, you know, ended up winning the championship.
“But the thing I really learned that year was, the importance of the culture inside, how important and valuable that is. Because I was part of more talented teams that came up short and lost games down the stretch. Much more talented, all right? But the one thing that really was solidified, in my mind, in my DNA that year in ’18, was the fact that it’s so much more important and how strong you are inside. Because no team goes through a smooth season. No team goes through a smooth season. So if you can go the junk we’re going through right now, OK, as a team, if you can go through the tough times we’re going through right now as a team, all right, and have the defense take the field every single time ready to play, every time, all right, there’s a lot of people that want to say, Hey, guys, you picked off the ball, they ran down the end zone, you guys are down big, right?
So we can turn around and say, Yeah, get your butts back on the bench, we’re down, we’re not celebrating. You know what, though, they play every play with enthusiasm, every play with energy. Every play with each other. I want them to celebrate that. I want to see that energy and passion. That’s how they practice every day.
Sunday was the Giants 5th-straight loss by double digits.