By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – The New York Giants cleaned up the house, sacking coach Joe Judge a day after GM Dave Gettleman retired.
The Giants announced the move late Tuesday afternoon, ending brief speculation that the owners were planning to hire a new general manager and let him determine the fate of the 40-year-old coach.
Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have said they think it’s best for the Giants to take a different direction after five consecutive seasons of double-digit losses.
The Giants have made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. They have known four coaches in the past six seasons, starting with Ben McAdoo in 2016, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, Pat Shurmur in 2018 and Judge who was hired in 2020.
Mara said he met with the judge on Monday and again on Tuesday, informing him of the decision at the second meeting.
“I said before the start of the season that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were going to take when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement which is why we made this decision, ”said Mara.
The new general manager will hire a coach.
“It will be a full search for our next CEO,” said retired Gettleman’s Mara. “We are looking for someone who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, recruiting and college coaching.
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