'It's Inexcusable': Chris Russo Roasts New York Giants and John Mara After Matt Rhule Signs with Carolina Panthers

SiriusXM host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo has deemed the New York Giants' failure to land Matt Rhule as their new coach as "inexcusable."

On Tuesday, ESPN reported the former Baylor head coach signed a seven-year deal worth $60 million with the Carolina Panthers, which could rise up to $70 million when incentives are factored in.

Having missed out on Rhule, who guided Baylor to the Sugar Bowl following an 11-3 season this year, the Giants named New England Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receiver coach Joe Judge as their head coach.

According to The Athletic, Rhule gave the Giants the opportunity to match the Panthers' offer but the franchise declined, much to Russo's dismay.

Speaking on Tuesday, the radio host criticized the Giants for not being prepared to secure Rhule after paying former head coaches Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur—who was fired last month—a hefty salary to sit "on their asses"—the duo went a combined 22-38 over the last four years.

"They [the Giants] paid them [McAdoo and Shurmur] a fortune!" Russo ranted. "Now the Giants are going to say 'well hold on now, $62 million is too much money.' Screw that I don't want to hear it. They make a fortune as a team."

Rhule went 1-11 in his first season in charge of the Bears, before improving to 7-6 last season and winning the Texas Bowl. This year, Baylor went 11-2 in the regular season and narrowly lost the Big 12 Championship Game to Oklahoma, before falling 26-14 to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

ESPN reported the new Panthers coach was expected to interview with the Giants on Tuesday, but never made it to New Jersey, although he was informed by the franchise it still wanted to speak to him when he called them before accepting the job in Carolina.

The radio host added the Giants shouldn't have been surprised by facing competition for a highly-regarded college football coach such as Rhule, who transformed Baylor's fortunes during three years in Texas.

"It's the way it works. Somebody else wanted him," he said. "Your job is to make sure if you liked him, that you got him. You didn't even get to first base. Inexcusable! These are the New York Football Giants. Tim Mara's Giants."

The Giants have drifted in mediocrity for years, making a solitary appearance to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl XLVI in 2011 and have lost double-digit games for three consecutive years for the first time since the 1978-1980 seasons.

To Russo, the decision not to pursue Rhule was the latest in a string of wrong turns the franchise has taken under the ownership of the Mara family.

"And I'm going to worry about John Mara because he's gotta pay Matt Rhule $60 million because the guy in Carolina paid it," he explained. "Tough, if he [Rhule] is the guy, pay it. Well, that's not the way Giants do business."

Judge interviewed with the Giants on Monday and according to ESPN is the youngest of the seven candidates mentioned for the job, while The Athletic described him as the candidate with the least name recognition of those who interviewed for the vacancy.

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Matt Rhule, head coach of the Baylor Bears, looks on during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sean Gardner/Getty
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