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5 things to know about Giants head coach Joe Judge

Here are five things to know about new Giants head coach Joe Judge:

1. Judge has been part of five championship teams in the NFL and college ranks, having coached under Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. Judge was a member of the coaching staffs who won Super Bowls XLIX, LI and LIII with the Patriots and the 2009 and 2011 BCS national championships with Alabama.

2. Judge, who turned 38 last week, has been coaching for 15 years, including the last eight with the New England Patriots. He was the team's assistant special teams coach for three years and special teams coordinator for four. Following the 2018 season, Judge added the duties of wide receivers coach to his responsibilities.

3. Under Judge's guidance in 2018, Patriots special teams played a key role in winning Super Bowl LIII. In particular, the punt coverage team repeatedly pinned the Los Angeles Rams offense deep in its own territory, forcing the Rams to start three of their drives inside their own 10-yard line.

4. Judge began his coaching career in 2005 as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State, where he lettered three times and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. While at Mississippi State, Judge tutored a freshman All-SEC punter, five All-SEC linebackers and a returner who finished as the all-time SEC leader in career return yards and kickoff return yards. Judge joined the Patriots after a three-year stint at the University of Alabama as a football analyst under Saban. Judge's special teams units boasted a First-Team All-American kicker and Groza Award finalist (Leigh Tiffin, 2009), a First-Team All-American return specialist (Javier Arenas, 2009), an SEC All-Freshman team punter (Cody Mandell, 2010) and a returner who finished his career ranked second all-time in NCAA return yards (Arenas).

5. Judge joins a small but distinct list of NFL head coaches who cut their teeth with special teams duties: John Harbaugh (Philadelphia's special teams coordinator, 1998-2006), Marv Levy (Philadelphia's kicking teams coach, 1969; Los Angeles Rams' special teams coach, 1970; Washington's special teams coach, 1971-1972), Dick Vermeil (Los Angeles Rams' special teams coach, 1969), Mike Ditka (Dallas' special teams/receivers coach, 1973-1981), Bill Cowher (Cleveland's special teams coach, 1985-1986) and Belichick (Detroit's special teams coach, 1976; Denver's assistant special teams coach, 1978; New York Giants' special teams coach/defensive assistant, 1979-1984).


Mississippi State (2000-2004) – Player

Mississippi State (2005-2007) – Graduate Assistant

Birmingham-Southern (2008) – Special Teams/Linebackers Coach

Alabama (2009-2011) – Special Teams Assistant/Football Analyst

New England Patriots (2012-2014) – Assistant Special Teams Coach

New England Patriots (2015-2018) – Special Teams Coordinator

New England Patriots (2019) – Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach


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