Seems like I’m in the minority of BBI who feels is skeptical based on what we’ve heard from Joe Judge.
Mike Vrabel could win coach of the year. When you go back to watch his intro presser or just hear him speak in general, he’s charismatic, funny, passionate and seems like a guy you’d want to grab a beer with. It doesn’t hurt that he played for a while in the NFL and coached under one of the great motivators in urban Meyer. My point is that it’s easy to see why players buy into him.
During the HC search we heard from ownership that they were looking for
A coach who could better relate to their players after Ben and Pat. I’m skeptical we got that in Joe Judge.
Sure he’s old school and intense which are not bad things but he also came
Off as a hard ass- did he crack a smile or joke once in the presser? I hope there’s a lighter side to him , it’s a long season and besides the unique run in New England, you’re going to have to connect with the players.
I hope my read on Judge is wrong but I think it’s telling that his former staff member who’s current Indys ST coach said how he’s not going to lie that Judge is a tough guy to work for because his obsession on details. Patriot players seemed to say the same thing calling it”annoying” but also helpful because they were prepared.
Finally, being a specials team coach you lead and manage a lot of players but you do not lead or manage hardly any staff/ coaches. This will be a new challenge for Joe.