Joe Judge finally addresses heated Marc Colombo firing
The Giants spent five long years trying to improve their offensive line — then fired the position coach just as it started to happen.
Weeks of feuding over strategy and teaching boiled over when Joe Judge fired offensive line coach Marc Colombo and hired replacement Dave DeGuglielmo from outside the organization. The unusual in-season move created immediate uneasiness at a position dependent on chemistry and disrupted by reduced practice time, in-game rotation of players and now a coaching change.
Because Judge and Colombo butted heads over technique, is DeGuglielmo going to force major changes on the linemen?
“We’re not going to do anything to turn the offense upside down,” Judge said in his first comments since the change. “There will be some adjustments here and there. With six weeks left in the season, there’s going to be a lot of continuity we’re looking to keep in place and keep improving.”
Judge informed Colombo of his intention to add DeGuglielmo as an offensive consultant last Tuesday. A curse-filled verbal confrontation ensued (during which Colombo used a particularly nasty term), both parties walked away and Colombo was fired at the facility Wednesday morning.
Colombo was stopped at the parking gate and a misunderstanding occurred during which he thought he was being escorted to meet with Judge but instead was fired inside by security, sources told The Post. Giants management reportedly wanted it handled that way to avoid another altercation.
Improving the line has been owner John Mara’s No. 1 on-field goal since the Tom Coughlin era ended. Rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas’ last three games were his best, and the rushing attack is averaging 4.9 yards per carry over the last five games.
“The decision we made was in the best interest of the New York Giants,” Judge said, “short and long term.”
Judge claimed there “has been a lot of misinformation out there” but did not refute specific details.
“I think there is some common sense that people … understand what does and doesn’t actually happen within a professional setting and office building,” Judge said. “This was a professional move.”
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