Hello, BBI. I'm a long-time Giants fan and I've been a lurker here for a number of years. I have always appreciated the opinions on this board and the analysis of Sy, Eric and others. I don't have a lot of free time to engage in discussion online about my favorite team, but I thought I'd share with you some tidbits from a psychological standpoint on the Joe Judge press conference yesterday and why I'm completely blown away.
A quick intro on me: I have a background of 16 years in law enforcement and psychology. One of the main aspects of my profession in criminology deals with profiling. It's something I do pretty heavily. Among other things, I've been trained to read people by how they react, their mannerisms while speaking, any physical tics or tells, lilts in voice, etc. It's not a perfect science, but you'd be surprised by just how on-the-mark profiles tend to be.
I watched, and re-watched twice more the Judge presser from yesterday and this guy totally blew me away based on two things:
1) How off-the-cuff he was with his responses. Quite a bit of his initial intro was rehearsed. Several of the lines were based on anticipated questions, practiced and delivered for effect (Miss Cleo, and one or two others), and I'm pretty sure a couple of the things he said were tried on Mr. Mara and DG during his interview process, and then slightly re-worded and regurgitated for the press.
That aside, he only consulted his notes a handful of times. While he didn't stray far off-script during his intro, he couldn't entirely predict the questions that would be posed to him (and, even if he did, will get to that next), he has a natural, quick-thinking ability. He felt at home at the podium. He maintained a semblance of control and authority. I came away feeling this guy was completely genuine and real, he can read and react quickly, and he 100% believes in what he says with positive conviction.
2) This guy is a preparation nut. Like, obsessed with having the answers before they're posed. Two of his answers (or, actually, part of them), were rehearsed based on his anticipation of them being asked. His reaction of the reaction of the members of the press corps. gives this away; he was pleased with their reaction to his answers. This guy must have spent a bunch of time predicting what would be asked, and drew up responses ahead of time based on those predictions. But he extrapolated on his responses (and pretty lengthily!) so this wasn't a bunch of B.S. to feed the press and his new owners what they might want to hear.
I wish I could give you guys the exact questions and answers off the top of my head, but I studied this last night and I didn't take notes.
This is a guy who doesn't like coming off as unprepared. I have a feeling he'll draw up plans, contingency plans and contingency plans for his contingency plans. I was thoroughly impressed by his bearing and how he presented himself. I can totally understand how Mara and DG were shellshocked after his interview.