Joe Judge responds to criticism of positive postgame comments on Sunday


All day on WFAN, Giants head coach Joe Judge was lit up for his comment after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins that he “saw a lot of good players do a lot of good things” in the game.

Here’s just a sample of that:

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Well, Judge was asked about his positive postgame comments in Monday’s day-after media session, and we’ll just leave his entire transcribed answer here:

“Look, I approach my comments publicly very differently than when I talk to the team behind closed doors. I'm someone who's very big on honesty and being very transparent with the team. I talk all the time about the truth is on the tape, so when we talk as a team, we talk every week, regardless of what the result of the previous game was, of things we did well that we can build on and things we have to correct. We go through that very, very bluntly and openly as a team and make sure everyone's on the same page. In terms of publicly, look, I'm not going to be a guy who's going to sit out there and single out players. That's just not my style. I'm just not going to do that and that's something I've believed in from being a player and working under other coaches, so in terms of just coming out publicly and going after guys, I'm not going to do that.

“In terms of are there a lot of things we have to do better to take advantage of opportunities in front of us? Absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. Were there things that I saw that I say, 'Okay, this is on the right track, as far as getting the ball down the field to our players and giving them an opportunity to make plays? Yeah.' I saw Kenny (Golladay) making some good contested catches and we were able to find matchups with him. We talked about game planning throughout the week to find situations with Evan (Engram) isolated down the field with some third down conversions. That turned up in the game. The ability to get some different things working schematically, that was encouraging.

“But look, there are other opportunities in the game we have to take advantage of. The difference in winning or losing in this league, it's such a fine line. There's not a lot of margins for error, so you've got to go out there and we've got to make sure that when those opportunities come up to be able to make a play, we've got to go out there and we've got to be in a position to do it.”

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Interesting that Judge basically re-visited a lot of Sunday’s answer, only this time a bit more in-depth. Even defensive back Julian Love was asked about Judge’s comments, and this is what he said:

“Obviously, I'm very in-tune to what he says to the team and what he says to me. I'm not too much in-tune to what he says to the media after games. I will say that he tries to represent this team the best he can. He's a guy who takes on a lot and he's the ultimate leader I think. I'm not sure what he says to you guys most of time, but I know his message to us is very poignant and direct in what he wants to accomplish going forward and how we build off of that game.”

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