Joe Judge, Brian Flores and the Burden of Bill Belichick

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There is something about not having a lot of money, spending too much time in dark, cramped offices, eating fast food, sleeping on couches and waking up and putting on the same hoodie and sweater that you wore the day before, creating a bond. In some cases, it creates bags under the eyes, a round stomach and a deterrent stench.

This is the life Joe Judge lived in his formative days in the coaching world. It’s also the life Brian Flores lived in his formative days in the coaching world. This is the life that leads these two former Patriots assistants under Bill Belichick into their first meeting as head coaches as Judge takes the Giants to South Florida to face the Flores’ Dolphins on Sunday in a match that both teams see as a chance to continue to the right. some of the mistakes from the first half of the season.

Judge and Flores are the newest branches of the Belichick training tree, which is in part an offshoot of Bill Parcells’ lineage. Despite the roots of the tree, only two former Belichick assistants, Al Groh and Bill O’Brien, have won records as NFL head coaches. Groh won 9-7 in 2000 with the Jets, his first and only season as NFL head coach. O’Brien had 52-48 in seven seasons with the Houston Texans.


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