If you haven’t listened to the latest episode of “Flying Coach” with Peter Schrager and Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay, have no fears. I’m here to fill you in on some of the highlights.
Last week, McVay and Schrager hosted New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge. The usually laid back Judge was as informative as he was entertaining. He covered a wide range of topics from learning under two of the greatest coaches of all time in Nick Saban and Bill Belichick, to his usual work week with Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, and his first time seeing the difference between Tom Brady and everyone else.
Judge briefly touched on one of the biggest differences between he and McVay, noting that Rams coach is more involved with the offense, due to the fact that he is actively calling plays during the game while Judge is more “working to manage the game,” letting his coordinators call the plays.
One of the more interesting nuggets of that portion of the conversation is the combined number of plays that he has heard his two mentors called on game day.
“I worked 11 years combined for the two of them and never heard them call a single play,” said Judge.
He emphasized that the majority of conversations about a particular play call was never the call itself, but the why behind the call.
The Giants head coach later said he has carried that lesson, among many others, to working with third-year QB Daniel Jones. The Belichick disciple stated one of his favorite things to do is to start game week by picking his signal caller’s brain on the upcoming opponent.
“I want to see through that quarterback’s lens,” explained Judge. “What does he see as something he thinks he can make a play on?”
Of course, no interview of someone who spent eight years in Foxborough would be complete without a story about Super Bowl 55 champion, Tom Brady. The former Mississippi State Bulldog recollected a time when Brady felt like his ball placement was off on one particular throw.
“I remember watching him throw about another 12-15 in cuts while he was waiting for the next period to get going. I remember watching him like, ‘ok that’s the difference,’” recalled Judge.
McVay, Schrager, and Judge talked for about an hour or so. The two coaches wrapped up with offers of good luck for the season. However, McVay had a caveat.
“Good luck to you except when we play each other,” said McVay.
Damn right, coach.
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