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Giants: Joe Judge sent an important message by firing OL coach Marc Colombo

After the sudden firing of offensive line coach Marc Colombo, Giants head coach Joe Judge sent a message: no selfishness allowed. 

First-year head coach Joe Judge has New York Giants fans excited about their football team again. 

While the Giants are just 3-7 through 10 games this season, they’re tied for first place with the Philadelphia Eagles in the win column  for first place in the NFC East after they defeated the Eagles 27-17 at MetLife Stadium last weekend to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Birds.

Five of the Giants’ seven losses were one-possession games, including a two-point loss to the 6-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an eight-point loss to the 6-3 Los Angeles Rams and a seven-point loss to the 5-5 Chicago Bears.

 While the time is off on a bye this week, they still made their way into national headlines. Despite an improving run-game and offensive line, the Giants suddenly fired first-year offensive line coach Marc Colombo.

Colombo joined Judge’s staff over the offseason after both playing and coaching under Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett with the Dallas Cowboys. Initially, his firing came as a surprise but then reports surfaced he got into a verbal altercation with Judge when he hired Dave DeGuglielmo as a consultant to assist Colombo with the offensive line.

Per reports, Colombo found Judge’s hire to “undermine” his position and with that he was shown the door.

While many may view this as a distraction, this is a move that Judge deserves praise for. Prior to his arrival, the Giants went a combined 12-36 from 2017-19, including a woeful 9-23 record under two-year head coach Pat Shurmur. Not only was this because of a lack of talent but a losing culture. 

There were multiple reports of players falling asleep in meetings, soft practices and even a player anonymously telling NJ.com they “didn’t like” Shurmur.

By firing Colombo, who felt hiring help was “undermining his position,” Judge sent a message: there will be no selfishness inside the New York Giants organization. That is a winning move and one that should be praised, not seen as a power-hungry distraction.  

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