Joe Judge Returns To Patriots As Assistant Following Departure From Giants

Joe Judge returns to Patriots as assistant following departure from Giants

Joe Judge returns to Patriots as assistant following departure from Giants

Joe Judge is making a return to New England.

The Patriots announced on Tuesday that they are bringing back Judge as an offensive assistant less than a month after he was fired as head coach of the New York Giants.

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New York Giants' Joe Judge yells during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec.  26, 2021, in Philadelphia.

New York Giants’ Joe Judge yells during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Philadelphia.
(AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

Judge, who finished with a 10-23 record in two years with the Giants, previously served as an assistant in New England for eight seasons. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been notorious for bringing back former assistants. Most recently, Matt Patricia – who served as the head coach of the Detroit Lions for three seasons – was rehired by the Patriots as a senior football adviser this past year.

Judge was hired by the Patriots in 2012 as an assistant special teams coach. Three years later, he was promoted to special teams coordinator, and in his final season in New England, Judge was the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach.

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge signals his team during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan.  2, 2022, in Chicago.

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge signals his team during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Chicago.
(AP Photo / David Banks)

The Patriots are reloading their coaching staff following a wild-card loss to the Buffalo Bills this past season. Former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, and former Patriots director of player personnel Dave Ziegler became the Raiders’ new general manager. Former quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree joined McDaniels staff in a similar role.

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge is seen of the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Nov.  1, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge is seen of the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.
(AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

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The judge came to the Patriots after working under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. He served as a football analyst and special teams assistant for the Crimson Tide. Judge was a part of two national championship teams in 2009 and 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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