New York Giants head coach Joe Judge was seen coaching Saquon Barkley hard during training camp on Tuesday.
The first year coach is reportedly bringing the intensity to training camp this year. Although the media cannot quote Judge, he was harshly and publicly criticizing players during practice, including RB Saquon Barkley.
Barkley, who is by far the best player on this Giants team, responded to Judge’s style well. Unlike other NFL superstars might have, Barkley didn’t let his ego get in the way. He picked up the pace, and even ran laps voluntarily.
The Giants are getting coached HARD, which Joe Judge conceded. And it doesn’t matter who you. Judge laid into Saquon Barkley at one point Tuesday. Barkley responded by picking up the pace on the next play. He later ran a lap after practice on his own accord and got in xtra work.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 19, 2020
The Joe Judge Method
“We coach everyone the same,” the former Patriots assistant coach said. “We’re trying to demand the best out of everybody and make them improve every day. We’re not letting details slip.”
“The thing I’m most impressed with is how coachable this team is. They come in every day they’re looking for coaching points they want to do better. They understand it’s about the message and not how the message is always delivered.”
Following an underwhelming 4-12 record, it was clear the Giants needed a change and it appears that Judge is the perfect man for the job.
He brings a certain severity and winning culture that New York was desperately missing. Judge won 3 Super Bowls in New England and 2 national championships with Alabama.
Criticism of Judge’s Approach
Although the players seem to be responding well to his style, Judge has earned himself a fair share of critics. Namely, former TE Shannon Sharpe took his concerns to twitter.
This isn’t going to end well https://t.co/aPB1uOKPtx
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) August 18, 2020
Another former TE, Ben Watson, who was actually coached by Judge thinks that he is trying to copy Bill Belichick. He said, “Be. Your. Self. There is only one [Belichick].’’
“Everything we do has a purpose and we’re very intent with our team explaining why we’re doing things were doing,’’ Judge said when asked about the criticism. “We’re not just blindly out there winging it trying to go ahead and enforce punishment.”
“This isn’t a punishment, it’s a reminder that we have to draw our attention and be more detailed in how we approach things.’’