Who Should the New York Giants Hire as Head Coach for 2022?

Glenn Kaplan

Joe Judge is 0-3 this season after they went 6-10 last season. Judge supposedly laid down his foundation, but it is obvious that his foundation isn’t working. Joe Judge’s act is wearing thin within the organization. Judge may go at most 3-14 this season. They don’t even have three winnable games on the schedule and could very well be winless at the bye week in Week 10.

The New York Giants are going to be searching for a fourth head coach since the 2015 season. They had Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur after the departure of Tom Coughlin. Do you want to know something about the two previous head coaches New York has had? They were both better than Joe Judge. Judge is another Bill Belichick disciple who has no idea what he is doing. He could potentially be worse than Matt Patricia was with the Detroit Lions and Josh McDaniels with the Denver Broncos.

It appears as if coordinators aren’t the answer for the New York Giants head coaching job. Remember when New York hired Tom Coughlin as a head coach? He had previous head coaching experience and that is why the Giants were so successful and won two Super Bowls. Yes, owner John Mara may be out of touch with today’s NFL, but maybe they need to hire a head coach with head coaching experience either at the NFL or the collegiate level before they hire another coordinator with no coaching experience before.

It is never too early to talk about this, but who should the New York Giants head coach be in 2022 and beyond?

1. Doug Pederson, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach: Look, I know this isn’t going to be a good response from the New York Giants fanbase, but Doug Pederson did win a Super Bowl with Philadelphia. Yes, Pederson also intentionally lost a game against The Washington Football Team last season in Week 17 that also caused the New York Giants to miss the playoffs.

Also, do you remember when New York Giants head coach Joe Judge blamed them for missing the playoffs last year? Pepperidge Farms remembers.

Pederson wouldn’t take nonsense from anyone. Doug Pederson would be more respected by owner John Mara who would allow him to do his thing. Mara wouldn’t make Pederson his puppet-like what happened in Philadelphia with general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Doug Pederson also had to deal with Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and Jalen Hurts drama and did a pretty good job of handling it.

2. Lincoln Riley, current head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Riley has been rumored to come to the NFL for years now. If the New York Giants land the number one pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and decide to move off of Daniel Jones at the quarterback position, quarterback Spencer Rattler is projected to be the number one overall pick.

Rattler is erratic at times, but at least he would have chemistry with Lincoln Riley. A head coach-quarterback relationship matters in the NFL. Just look at Andy Reid-Patrick Mahomes with the Kansas City Chiefs, Matt LaFleur-Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers, and Sean McVay-Matthew Stafford with the Los Angeles Rams.

3. Mike Zimmer (current Minnesota Vikings) head coach: Mike Zimmer may be out as the Minnesota Vikings head coach after this season. He is 65 years old, but he has also been a proven head coach who has made it to the playoffs a few times and also won the NFC North a couple of times. Zimmer took them to the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum as the quarterback and also reached the playoffs with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback as well.

He would be a Tom Coughlin-like figure who would demand respect inside a locker room. Mike Zimmer is a smart football mind also who would do well with his actions not just his words.


Other options if they went the coordinator route: 4. Joe Brady (offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers) and 5. Eric Bieniemy (offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs).

I am very curious to see what direction they decide to go in after they fire Joe Judge once the season comes to an end. Judge is not the answer for the short term or the long term. I would not be surprised to see him be the first head coach fired during the 2022 regular season. He is going to lose the locker room sooner rather than later. The fans will not be supporting the team at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, when they fall to 0-5 and have their next home game on October 17th against the Los Angeles Rams (3-0).

But the next two games for the New York Giants (0-3) will both be on the road against the New Orleans Saints (2-1) and the Dallas Cowboys (1-1). New York will not recover from Joe Judge’s poor coaching decisions once again that cost them another potential win, a 17-14 loss on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons (1-2). Joe Judge and the New York Giants should be ashamed of themselves and he isn’t fit to be an NFL head coach moving forward.


Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor


Photo Credit: Twitter (@CoachDPederson)

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