Sometimes NFL head coaches will put together a practice-playlist of songs themed around the team’s next opponent. Chip Kelly loved doing this during his time in charge of the Eagles. It’s kind of fun, and a way to get players’ attention ahead of what could otherwise be just another practice.
But on Thursday, New York Giants head coach Joe Judge lost his mind and did something very weird: he played the Eagles fight song at Giants practice.
I couldn’t believe it either the first time I saw it.
Here’s video evidence of Judge’s insanity:
This is so, so weird.
Judge is clearly trying to get his worn out, bad, 4-10 football team up for a division game. It also helps that Judge grew up in the Philadelphia area, so he knows the team’s fanbase pretty well.
I know what he’s doing here.
I get it.
But this is just the wrong move. This is the song that Eagles fans will be chanting when Darius Slay intercepts Jake Fromm on Sunday, the song they’ll be cheering for when Jalen Hurts jukes a Giants defender out of his cleats. Why in the world would you play that for your players during practice? It’s kind of like they’re preparing to lose.
It would be kind of sad if it weren’t so hilariously weird.