Well it has been a few days since Giants fans learned about the decision to hire Joe Judge as Head Coach.
Yesterday we heard him speak, and I think we learned a lot from his 7 minute opening statement.
Fans have been looking for some rumors or leaks on who he will hire to assemble his staff, yet we are hearing nothing. To me, that's a very good thing.
For far too long, we have seen newly hired Head Coaches predictably bring on many of their buddies to create their staff. Face it, when it comes to creating a staff, most of what we see in the NFL is the "good old boys club".
Over the years, yours truly has correctly predicted right here on BBI many coaches that would be hired by a new Head Coach. Its not because of any inside information I had, but rather educated guesses based on who the new Head Coach has crossed paths with over his career.
I hope and believe that Head Coach Judge will use a different approach. An issue with hiring your friends and coaches that you have worked with previously, is that it greatly limits the pool of candidates that you consider.
Look at new Carolina coach Matt Rhule. Nothing is official yet, but it sure seems like he is following the old way, and bringing on staff that most fans could easily predict, because Rhule has worked with them in the past.
I can't imagine a harder out of the gate job for a Head Coach then selecting his coordinators. Usually when a Head Coach is hired, the coordinators are named within 24-48 hours. Did a face to face interview take place? Were other candidates given proper consideration? Probably not.
I think, with the little I learned and heard from Coach Judge yesterday, is that he is very well organized and will carefully consider not only coaches he has worked with previously, but perhaps coaches that he has admired when he had to coach against them. Perhaps an opposing coach he has admired after reviewing game film. He already has told us he plans to interview every current Giants coach.
Certainly Coach Judge will consider coaches he has been with on the same staff. Certainly Coach Judge will get suggestions on hires from his agent, Jimmy Sexton, who undoubtedly has clients that are currently unemployed coaches. But at the end of the day, I think Coach Judge is moving forward with an open plan to take his time and find the very best candidates that he believes will help him succeed.
2 weeks ago, no Giants fan, and certainly not the owners were seriously considering hiring Judge. But that changed after a long face to face meeting and the result was that we were all surprised.
This fan is hoping that the search for coordinators and coaches will be similar. Long face to face meetings with candidates Judge has interest. Take your time. Do your homework. And put together the best staff, rather than just bringing in your friends and coaches whose greatest attribute is that they worked with you in the past.