Joe Judge collateral damage of a flawed Giants franchise
The Giants failed Joe Judge in more ways than Joe Judge failed the Giants.
That Judge is gone, relegated to a few lines in the next team media guide, is a byproduct of the terrible hand he was dealt, more so than the failings that were revealed as a young, first-time head coach.
To be clear, there were failings. Judge can be a bulldozer when it comes to trying to smooth things over. His working relationship with general manager Dave Gettleman deteriorated during the course of this past season, a situation in which neither is blameless.
Judge did not help himself on several fronts down the stretch of this careening-down-the-road season, unraveling a bit when he needed to stay as solid as possible. When a still-unproven guy goes 4-13 in …
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