New York Giants head coach Joe Judge had made some questionable clock management decisions during the team’s 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football and according to Joe Judge, it’s not his fault.
Following the game, Judge was asked about why his team was burning through timeouts and essentially blamed the headsets.
“The headsets were going out,” Judge said after the game. “We are having headset issues. This has happened in every game so far. We deal with the league and they keep telling us there are different software updates or whatever it is, but we had to call two timeouts today because we were trying to send the deals in personnel wise and you got half of the headsets not getting reception. That is the issue right there. We are trying to make the right call.”
Judge’s clock management issues have been a problem throughout his career, having another questionable decision late in Monday’s loss to Kansas City. The Chiefs were in the red zone and the game tied at 17-17, but Judge decided to run the clock down to the two-minute warning rather than burn their final timeout and give the Giants more time on the clock when they would get the ball back. Judge didn’t say if headsets were an issue in that situation.
“There were a couple of scenarios. That was just how things were playing out based on situations,” Judge said. “There were two times today where the headsets were an issue. We will do hand signals or whatever we have to do. If we can’t rely on the equipment, we will figure something else out. At one point, we tried to go back to the old equipment, and they told us we were not allowed to do it for whatever reason. We didn’t have issues with it last year for the most part. Hopefully we will figure that out.”
Regardless of the headsets, Judge is 8-16 as head coach of the Giants. Only six teams in the league have fewer wins during that span — and all of them have first-year head coaches in 2021.