The Giants respectfully declined on Wednesday a request for an interview with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to speak ahead of Sunday’s final against Washington at MetLife Stadium.
So there will be no further clarity on Joe Judge’s job status approaching the end of his second season until at least Sunday night or Black Monday morning.
Members of the organization and ownership have leaked their continued belief in Judge to both ESPN and the NFL Network in recent weeks. Still, Mara and Tisch have changed their minds before.
They publicly announced their “support” by coach Ben McAdoo after a loss in San Francisco on November 12, 2017, and then fired both McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese on December 4 with four games left.
Security Julian Love, however, backs the referee’s Sunday claim that Giants players used to check out in recent years under previous regimes, saying the same is not happening now.
“I have not heard too much about what happens in the low season,” Love said when asked if the players were already talking about holiday plans. “Someone told me, e.g. [Judge] mentioned that it was like that for years. I can confirm that I have been here for some years now.
“Fortunately, you do not see it,” Love added. “You don’t see guys lose focus. You see guys pay attention to this game and really give it your best. It’s a proud thing. You do not just want to fold. So that’s what we’re discussing.”
In defense of the referee, Leonard Williams also said that while the Giants (4-12) lose, “what works for the team is knowing that we have a lot of guys who are willing to fight all the way to the end, no matter whether it’s the end of the game, the end of the half, the end of the season.
“I think having a lot of guys like that creates a good culture around,” Williams said.
It is believed that Mara and Tisch still have confidence that Judge will guide this organization out of the dark through a continued rebuilding in year three.
But The referee’s 11-minute speech after the match last Sunday sounded like a coach who could feel the heat and it would be helpful at this point to find out if the feelings of ownership have changed in the wake.
This is after all the ownership group that brought GM Dave Gettleman back for a fourth season after last year’s week 17 win over Dallas that happened due to. Wayne Gallman recovered a fumble with his rear end.
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur responded to the referee’s allegations that players stopped him in New York by telling reporters on Wednesday: “It’s not an accurate assessment. But other than that, I have no comments.”
The referee was asked if he has spoken to Giants owners about Sunday’s comments.
“I talk a lot about ownership all the time,” the judge said. “As for any of the things I have said, no.”
Quarterback Jake Fromm, who is expected to start Sunday’s final against Washington, said he is not aware of the pressure of his coach’s job being at stake in this match.
“For me, the only pressure I feel will be pressure I put on myself to go out and perform,” Fromm said. “Obviously I want to go out and play the best I can for myself, for my family, my teammates in the locker room and for this organization. Yes, I have to go out and I will give everything I can. Believe me, I wants to win more than anyone else does. ”
Love went on to defend Judge’s claims about players stopping and checking out in previous years.
“It’s not all guys, but you see the guys from guys already the day after [would] take a trip to a resort and immediately get out of the facility and get out of New Jersey, ”Love said. “And I think it’s in part because Joe wanted us to be one with the community.
“I was a guy who a few days later shut everything out and went home,” security continued. “I’m hanging around Jersey a bit this year because I do not want to tackle the end of this season and my team. I can only confirm the DBs and what we’re doing. We plan to see each other soon after the season ends and not just everyone goes their separate ways. ”
Love concluded: “We are proud of things. Fortunately, many guys are taking that approach and trying to set the best footing for Joe, for the team, for the community.”