Joe Judge Named New Head Coach of New York Giants

  The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in business from Tulane University, Geoffrey “Geoff” J. Block draws upon his extensive Wall Street experience to oversee investments through his holding company RLB Squared, LLC. Apart from his professional pursuits, Geoff Block is a fan of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).

After a second consecutive losing season under head coach Pat Shurmur, the Giants parted ways with the 54-year-old Ann Arbor, Michigan native on December 30. Eight days later, the team hired Joe Judge as its new head coach. He will be the team’s fifth head coach in six years and its 19th in franchise history.

Prior to signing Judge, the Giants were believed to be interested in Matt Rhule, but he was signed by the Carolina Panthers to a seven-year, $62 million contract before a supposed sit-down meeting with New York. However, according to a source in the New York Post, the Giants were “blown away” by their meeting with Judge.

Although the 38 year old has never served as a head coach in the NFL, he has been a part of some impressive coaching staffs. Judge most recently served as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator with the New England Patriots, where he worked alongside Bill Belichick and often met with the esteemed head coach in preparation for a larger role elsewhere. He won three Super Bowls in New England and was part of two championship-winning teams in his three seasons at the University of Alabama.

Giants Add Experienced Cornerback William Gay in Free Agency

 

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William Gay
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A graduate of Tulane University, Geoff Block formerly served as an executive with Wall Street’s Crown Growth Partners before founding the South Carolina-based investment firm RLB Squared LLC in 2013. When not working, Geoff Block enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the New York Giants.

The Giants overhauled its defensive backfield earlier this year by signing Michael Thomas, Curtis Riley, Teddy Williams, and B.W. Webb. In April, the team added durable cornerback William Gay to that list. A 5-foot-10, 183-pound native of Tallahassee, Florida, Gay played college football for the University of Louisville before being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Since debuting the following season, the 33-year-old has played in 176 games in 11 seasons and compiled 573 tackles, 13 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and seven quarterback sacks.

Gay spent all but one of those 11 seasons with the Steelers. During the 2012 season, he played for the Arizona Cardinals and recorded a career-high three forced fumbles. The former Super Bowl champion played primarily as a backup last season, but still managed two forced fumbles and an interception.

New York Giants Bolster Defensive Line with Addition of Josh Mauro

 

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Josh Mauro
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A former Wall Street executive with Crown Growth Partners, Geoff Block owns RLB Squared, LLC, in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he manages a portfolio comprised primarily of hedge funds and real estate investments. With a BS in business management from Tulane University, Mr. Block manages specific property holdings in Sharp Plaza, the American home of the British automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. An avid sports fan, Geoff Block enjoys attending football games and following the New York Giants of the National Football League.

The New York Giants reinforced their defensive line by signing free agent defensive end Josh Mauro on March 19. Rebuilding their defensive front seven, the New York Giants’ newest lineman is reunited with defensive coordinator James Bettcher from when both were with the Arizona Cardinals.

Standing at 6’6” and weighing 282 pounds, the fifth-year defensive end contributed 22 tackles, including 15 unassisted tackles and one sack, last season in Arizona. The undrafted Stanford alumnus started 26 times with the Cardinals, recording 92 tackles (including 65 unassisted tackles and two sacks), one fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles over a span of 47 games.

Moreover, Josh Mauro started two out of three post-season games with Arizona, contributing two tackles, including one unassisted tackle. During his collegiate career, the newly acquired defensive lineman made 81 tackles, one interception, and 11 sacks in 48 games.