Appearing on The Zach Gelb Show this week, Simms called Judge’s harsh practice methods “team building” that brings chemistry to the team. While he acknowledged that practicing the way Judge prefers doesn’t always work, he thinks that people who are critical of it need to “shut up.”
“I have to watch a sports station go, ‘that’s old school football, you can’t do that to today’s modern players’,” Simms said. “Well, shut up, they’re wrong, you can. It’s team building. It really does bring chemistry to the team. When guys have to run, yeah it’s a punishment, but it’s kind of funny and it brings everybody together.
“Just like the fight did with the Giants, I didn’t look at that as a detriment. And practicing too hard? Oh, come on. Come on. You gotta practice and do things on the field, take a rest, get back on, like it’s a game. And when you do things like that, scientifically it’s been proven, that’s the way to do it. And that is the best way that you can help prevent your team from getting more injuries.
“Does it work out always like that? No. But to think he’s run the training camp too hard is absurd and for people who say it, be quiet. You’re wrong!”
Phil Simms says anyone who thinks Joe Judge’s practices are too hard should shut up.
— CBS Sports Radio (@CBSSportsRadio) August 10, 2021
Two weeks ago Joe Judge was reportedly furious that a brawl broke out during practice. He required his players to run sprints and spoke to them privately afterwards.
Following the incident, several Giants players retired. While there isn’t believed to be a direct link between those things occurring, a lot of people are wondering whether Judge has pushed his team too hard.
The Giants went 6-10 in Judge’s first season with the team last year. They narrowly missed the NFC East title despite starting the season with one of the worst records in the league.
Maybe this method of coaching will work for the Giants this coming year. But if it doesn’t, Judge will be held to account for how he prepared his team.