New York Giants head coach Joe Judge disciplined his players on Tuesday because a full-team brawl broke out during practice. His coaching methods might seem a bit old-fashioned, but wide receiver Sterling Shepard doesn’t mind them.
When asked about Judge’s methods potentially rubbing players the wrong way, Shepard said “If you don’t like it, you’re welcome to leave.”
This isn’t the first time that Shepard has defended Judge’s coaching style. Earlier this offseason, Shepard said that Judge is the type of coach the Giants need.
“He’s a tough coach, man,” Shepard said during an appearance on ‘The Oklahoma Breakdown,’ via Sports Illustrated. “He’s tough coach, but that’s what we needed. For the previous two coaches, we didn’t do any conditioning or anything like that. But I will say last year was my first year of really having a conditioning – it kind of felt like Oklahoma all over again.”
Sterling Shepard on Joe Judge's methods rubbing players the wrong way: "If you don't like it, you're welcome to leave."
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Sometimes tough love is necessary for a team to mature in the NFL. That being said, whether or not Judge’s methods will work in New York is uncertain.
Shepard, 28, is entering his sixth season with the Giants. In his first year under Judge, he had 66 receptions for 656 yards and three touchdowns.
Unfortunately for Shepard, he’s been a member of some very disappointing teams in New York. On the bright side, he seems very optimistic about this year’s team.
New York did an excellent job of retaining key free agents on defense this offseason, like Leonard Williams, while also adding new weapons to the offense, such as Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney.