Tiki Barber encouraged by the Jason Garrett hire
At 38 years old, Joe Judge is one of the youngest head coaches in the National Football League. While he has spent the last decade on the coaching staff of both Alabama’s Nick Saban and New England’s Bill Belichick, this will be his first opportunity to serve as a head coach. Many people believed that because of this, it would be important for Judge to surround himself with experienced coaches, which is exactly what he did with the hire of Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator.
Bob Glauber of Newsday caught up with former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who expressed his support of Judge’s OC hire. As Glauber wrote, “Add Tiki Barber to the list of folks giving their stamp of approval to newly hired coach Joe Judge, especially when it comes to Judge’s hiring of Jason Garrett as his offensive coordinator.
‘One of the hardest things to do for young coaches is to find staff,’ Barber said of the 38-year-old Judge, who was hired earlier this month to replace Pat Shurmur. ‘I remember when coach [Jim] Fassel lost a couple of his coordinators – John Fox and Sean Payton – and replacing them was hard. It was one of the reasons that we started to falter. To have the ability to staff the way that [Judge] has done is encouraging.’
Barber said the hiring of Garrett, the former head coach of the Cowboys, is one of Judge’s best early moves. Barber and Garrett were Giants teammates when Barber was the team’s starting running back and Garrett was a backup to Kerry Collins.
‘I love Jason,’ Barber said. ‘He was the only other guy who lived in the city [during their Giants playing days]. I’m biased because he’s a friend of mine, but I think he’s going to do a good job.'”