Joe Judge blasts Eagles over ‘disrespect’ in heated rant
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Joe Judge aimed a blowtorch at the Eagles and stopped just short of denouncing his Philadelphia roots.
In a message sure to win him more support with Giants fans and his outraged players, Judge skillfully criticized the way the Eagles coached to lose in the fourth quarter Sunday, handing the NFC East title to Washington.
“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success for the NFL, to disrespect the game by not going out there and competing for 60 minutes and doing everything you can to help those players win,” Judge said, “we will never do that as long as I’m the head coach of the New York Giants.”
Judge never said the word “Eagles” or named coach Doug Pederson, but it was clear where he stood on the decision to bench starting quarterback Jalen Hurts for bumbling third-stringer Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of a three-point game. If the Eagles upset Washington, the Giants would have won the division on a three-way tiebreaker and gone to the playoffs in this COVID-19 impacted season.
“One thing to keep in mind with this season is we had a lot of people opt-in to this season,” Judge said. “Coaches, players, family members, as well. To look at a group of men who I ask to give me effort on a day-in, day-out basis and empty the tank so that I can look them in the eye and assure them I’m always going to do everything I can to put them at a competitive advantage and play them in a position of strength, to me you don’t ever want to disrespect those players and their effort and disrespect the game.”
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