Giants head coach Joe Judge had another headset malfunction.
Judge had an explanation for his poor time management: headset malfunction. He blamed the headsets on clock management issues he’s had throughout the entire season.
“The headsets were going out,” Judge said via NJ.com. “This has been happening in every game so far. We deal with the league and they keep telling us about different software updates or whatever it is.”
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Judge then also blamed the hardware for the issues.
Judge said the Giants had to call those two timeouts because the headsets weren’t “getting reception” when they were trying to make substitutions.
“That’s the issue right there,” Judge said. “We are trying to make the right call. … We have to make sure the hardware is working. So whatever the issue with that is, the people involved better get it fixed fast.”
That seems like a pretty big problem, especially since Judge said “at every single stadium this year, home and away, I’ve had issues personally.”
Judge said that he wanted to go back to the headsets they used in 2020, but the NFL wouldn’t let them.
“If we can’t rely on the equipment then we’ll try to figure something else out,” Judge said via NJ.com. “We tried at one point to go back to the old equipment but they told us we weren’t allowed to do it for whatever reason. We didn’t have issues with it last year. Hopefully, we figure it out …
“Whoever is in charge of it, I don’t know if it’s through the league or us exactly, but they’ve gotta fix it fast. That’s it.”
“Again, look, I don’t want to make this about stupid headsets,” Judge said. “That wasn’t the factor in the game. We got to do other things on our own for us to be successful.’’
According to an article about NFL headsets in PC Mag, technicians get to the stadium four hours early to set up and test all the equipment for both teams.
Good coaches don’t make excuses or blame external factors.
They take the L and move on.
Judge needs to man up.
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