Broncos’ Pat Shurmur: Joe Judge “not accurate” in saying Shurmur’s 2019 New York Giants team quit – The Denver Post

During an epic, 11-minute rant after his team’s 29-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, New York Giants coach Joe Judge defended the culture he has established in two seasons and took a shot at Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur in the process.

“A few years ago, when I came here (in January 2020), I sat down with all the players,” Judge told reporters after the Giants fell to 4-12. “I wanted to know what it was like in here, what we had to change from their mouths.

“To a man, every player looked me in the eye and said, ‘Joe, it’s not a team. They don’t play hard. We’re out of the playoffs, everybody quit, everybody tapped (out), they stopped showing up to captains’ meetings.’”

Judge didn’t say Shurmur by the name, but the implication was clear.

Asked before practice if he was disappointed by Judge’s comment and if he had any reaction, Shurmur said: “I, obviously … that’s not an accurate assessment. But beyond that, I have no comment.”

The Broncos opened the season with a 27-13 win over the Giants in Shurmur’s return to MetLife Stadium. In that game, Judge was penalized for delay of game when he threw the red flag to challenge a Broncos touchdown even though all scoring plays are reviewed by the replay booth.

Judge is feeling the heat in New York and Shurmur is feeling the heat in Denver after another lackluster offensive season.

Asked about his status, Shurmur said: “I don’t think about it, I really don’t worry about it. We as coaches, we are where are feet are and we’re getting ready to play this game and do everything in our power to put a winning performance on the field.”

Twelve players activated. Before Wednesday’s practice, the Broncos activated 12 players from the COVID-19/reserve list and placed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (concussion), safety Kareem Jackson (shoulder/back) and left guard Dalton Risner (elbow) on injured reserve.

Back on the active roster are defensive linemen McTelvin Agim and Mike Purcell, cornerbacks Bryce Callahan and Mike Ford, receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick, outside linebackers Bradley Chubb, Stephen Weatherly and Jonathon Cooper, right tackle Bobby Massie, safety Caden Sterns and inside linebacker Baron Browning.

Sterns could be in line to start for Jackson, whose 88 tackles lead the Broncos. Bridgewater had not practiced since being injured in Week 15 against Cincinnati and Risner was injured on the fourth offensive play of Sunday’s loss at the Los Angeles Chargers. Netane Muti is expected to start for Risner.

This story will be updated.

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