Coach Judge left no stone unturned in assembling staff
First-year head coach Joe Judge today announced his 2020 coaching staff on Wednesday. The 20-member staff includes nine coaches who arrived from the NFL (including two head coaches from last season in Jason Garrett and Freddie Kitchens), five from the college ranks, and six who were with the Giants last year. Judge said he did not set out to hire former head coaches in particular, but it ended up being a plus.
"The first thing I was prioritizing was good coaches who had a deep concern for the players that they were going to coach," Judge said. "It has to start with the relationship from the coach to the player and understanding that we're working together. Next thing I was prioritizing was good teachers. We had to find guys who can paint that mental picture for a player and find a way to tap into how they learn and get the most out of them. To me, it's a big trust factor with the guys I have on the staff. I have a personal relationship with a lot of these guys, professional relationships with nearly all of them. Guys who I have not worked with directly, I've competed against, I've known for some time. I've more than done my research on everybody on this staff, including the guys I've worked with. No stone has been unturned. I'm very excited about the group we have in here. I know they're going to bring a lot to this organization. I know they're going to be a great asset to the players they're going to coach."
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Former Cowboy Colombo brings continuity to Garrett
The Giants now have two former Cowboys players and coaches on their staff. Garrett, who was a longtime backup quarterback in the NFL, was the head coach in Dallas for a decade before Judge hired him as the Giants' offensive coordinator. Meanwhile, Marc Colombo took over as the team's offensive line coach after working under Garrett in Dallas since 2015.
Colombo was a first-round draft choice in 2002 who played tackle for the Chicago Bears (2002-05), Dallas (2005-10) and Miami (2011). He began his coaching career as an offensive assistant in 2015. He was named assistant line coach the following year and was promoted to offensive line coach during the team's bye week in 2018. Under Colombo, tackle Tyron Smith, guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick were among the very best players at their positions in the NFL.
"Continuity is very important, especially between the offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach, that they can be on the same page starting out," Judge said. "One of the challenges of a new staff is getting on the same page and working through some of the differences that maybe we've had from past experiences but making sure we're working to one goal. I'd say with Marc, the deciding factor wasn't his past experience with Jason. The deciding factor was he's a tremendous coach. His body of work as you turn on the tape and watch how his guys play with technique, execution and toughness is ultimately what the deciding factor was."
GMFB includes Saquon in best "angry runs" of 2019
NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" runs a segment called "Angry Runs" and recently released their best of 2019. While Saquon Barkley is widely known for jumping over defenders, he can also run right through them – like he did against the Lions in Week 8. The GMFB crew recognized that fact.