Add another to the list of former NFL players who think Giants head coach Joe Judge’s old-school coaching style is bananas.
Appearing on Fox Sports on Tuesday, former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho blasted the way Judge has been running Giants practices since training camps began last month. Calling his tactics “dumb” and “imbecilic,” Acho said Judge’s way is usually used on kids.
“Giants fans, on behalf of everyone intelligent everywhere, I apologize for your 2-14 record this season,” said Acho, who was on the Giants’ practice squad in 2013. “I have to go ahead and apologize. And it’s not your fault, Giants fans. It’s not your fault that you have dedicated yourself to an organization that has hired a coach that is instilling imbecilic practices.
“I’m not sure if imbecilic is a word, but the practices that Joe Judge is instilling are so dumb that imbecilic is the only word that will fit. That is the only word that will fit the crime.”
Acho went on to claim that most professional athletes are “intrinsically motivated,” but that if they’re not then they’re extrinsically motivated for “money, fame, females.”
“All of those things work,” he said. “What doesn’t work is fear-based motivation: ‘Hey, if y’all mess up, y’all have to bear crawl. If y’all mess up, y’all running wind sprints.’ Those are tactics to use on kids.”
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Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe, a three-time Super Bowl winner, took to Twitter Monday to voice his opinion on the matter after reports that Judge was making his players run laps for making mistakes ran rampant.
“This isn’t going to end well,” he wrote.
“Never does,” said former Patriots tight end Ben Watson, who played under Judge in New England last season before announcing his second retirement in March. “Be. Your. Self. There is only one [Bill Belichick].”
The Giants had their second in-pads practice Tuesday and Judge not only coached star running back Saquon Barkley hard in front of everyone, he also held a head-on, goal-line tackling drill in which cornerback Corey Ballentine was roughed up. Ballentine ended up finishing practice and Judge stood by his coaching style and use of that drill.