The brouhaha last year that saw Judge and line coach Marc Columbo almost come to blows after Judge brought in Dave DeGuglielmo as a consultant is in the rearview mirror.
This offseason the Giants hired Rob Sale, most recently the offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette, has been coaching offensive lines at the college level, including stops at Alabama and Georgia (go figure).
“I’ve known Rob for some time now, I’ve worked with him, I’ve stayed in very close contact with Rob over the years,” said Judge in early March. “He’s someone who’s always impressed me as a very thorough teacher, as a very detailed and energetic on-the-field coach and he’s someone who has a very strong relationship with his players. I thought he was a good fit.
“We made sure to do our due diligence — I talked to probably over 25 coaches personally, our staff researched an additional probably 15-20, we had several interviews in person and countless interviews over Zoom. I would say that they all did a good job and there were a lot of qualified candidates. At the end of the day, the best move for the New York Giants was adding Rob and I’m excited to add him to our staff.”
Sale will be charged with making lemonade out of the lemons on the offensive line this year. His performance will naturally affect the Giants’ overall performance in 2021.
There’s a bit of a wrinkle to this as well. The Giants have hired former O-line coach Pat Flaherty as a consultant to advise Sale, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Judge as well as the defense, so that might give fans a bit more confidence that the line will improve.