EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Judge is going to get his first win as coach of the New York Giants, and it’s probably going to be sooner than later.
It’s almost a guarantee with four of the next five games against mediocre NFC East teams, starting Sunday at MetLife Stadium against Washington.
For now, the reality is Judge is batting .000. Five games, no wins in his NFL head coaching career.
In four of the games, the Giants had chances, including their best on Sunday when they blew a three-point, fourth-quarter lead and dropped a heartbreaking 37-34 decision to the division-leading Cowboys (2-3) in Texas.
The Giants have no one to blame but themselves. They made too many mistakes, which has been the common thread this season.
The errors seem to change every week. Good performance by defense. Bad performance by the offense, or vice versa. Penalties, blown assignments, turnovers. Round up the usual suspects.
It all contributes to being winless and seemingly out of the playoff hunt for what will be the fourth straight year.
The bright side is this is one of the NFL’s youngest teams and they are going to win some games this season. They play hard, they have some talent — not enough yet to be a contender — and they seem to be learning.
On Monday, Judge said he was blunt talking to the team.
“To me, it’s about evidence on the tape, what we have to correct and what we’re doing well and what we can build on. I’m not a rainbow-and-sunshine type of guy. I’m also not a browbeat you and rub your nose in it type of guy either. This is what it is.
“Understand what we’re doing good that we can build on. Understand we have to do, what we have to correct and clean it up. For me, that’s the best thing for guys to respond.”
Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson said the team is getting better.
“I thought the biggest thing for us is we just want to focus on getting wins, and keep improving as a team and just keep growing,” he said. “We know the wins are right there around the corner.”