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Giants will benefit from ex-Patriot Judge's winning mentality - Solder

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge
New York Giants head coach Joe Judge
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Modified 21 Feb 2020, 16:45 IST
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Nate Solder knows all about the New England Patriots' winning culture and feels that will rub off on the New York Giants following Joe Judge's appointment as head coach.

The Giants last month hired former New England special teams coordinator Judge to succeed Pat Shurmur following a disappointing 4-12 campaign.

Judge was part of three Super Bowl-winning teams on Bill Belichick's staff, though his new role with the Giants is his first as a head coach.

Offensive lineman Solder, who won two Super Bowl rings in New England when Judge was there, believes his new head coach can bring 'The Patriot Way' to New York.

"He's a disciplined guy, he's a tough guy," left tackle Solder told Omnisport.

"He's got a winning model. He's won a lot of championships, been part of a championship games.

"I think those are all things that are going to benefit us hugely going forward."

The Giants are moving on without Eli Manning in 2020, the veteran quarterback having called time on his 16-season career after he lost his starting spot to rookie Daniel Jones in 2019.

Manning led the Giants to two Lombardi Trophies but his Hall of Fame candidacy remains a bone of contention, with his supporters highlighting his titles and longevity as his detractors point to average numbers.

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Solder, though, has nothing but praise for Manning's dedication to his craft.

"What an honour," he said of playing with Manning. "I got to play with Tom Brady, I got to play with Eli Manning. I'm truly blessed for that.

"I've learned so many great lessons from him in terms of competitiveness, preparation and Eli's steadfastness through so many ups and downs.

"He was so steadfast and he was just consistent every day. He was the same guy.

"That's not easy to do, especially in the isolating position of being a quarterback, with so many expectations. I thought he did an excellent, wonderful job."

First-rounder Jones certainly impressed after replacing Manning, though, finishing the season with 3,027 yards passing with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games.

"I think he's absolutely going to be better in his second year," Solder said of Jones.

"He did a lot of great things this year. It's tough to be a quarterback in this league, he's got a lot to learn, but he's very committed to getting better and I think that's going to pay off."

Published 21 Feb 2020, 16:45 IST
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