New York Giants: Dave Gettleman Would Be Ideal Fit for GM Job
Dave Gettleman could be a name that comes up as part of the rebuild of the New York Giants this winter.
Before he was the Carolina Panthers general manager, Dave Gettleman was one of the more well-respected executives for the Giants. He was a scout with the Giants in 1998 before becoming the team’s Director of Player Personnel from 1999 through 2011 and then served as the team’s Senior Pro Per Analyst.
When the Carolina Panthers were looking for a general manager to take the reigns of the team in 2013, Gettleman became their guy after a major recommendation from former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who is currently serving as a consultant to help John Mara find the team’s next general manager to replace Jerry Reese. The Giants fired Reese along with Ben McAdoo as part of the Monday’s house cleaning.
While Gettleman is not exactly a spring chicken, he’s 66 years old, which was also the same age that Accorsi was when he retired as an active general manager with the Giants in 2007. So it would be hard to imagine Gettleman being in this for the long haul.
But for the immediate future, Gettleman is the ideal candidate the Giants could use to take over as the team’s general manager.
Some fans are hoping for Scott Pioli or Elliot Wolf. But knowing John Mara, he might want to turn to someone who knows how the Giants operate things and who better to bring in than one of their former own who has previous experience in running a franchise.
Under Gettleman, the Panthers went 40-23-1 and were a playoff team in three of the four seasons he ran the team. Their best season was back in 2015 when they went 15-1 and were the NFC Champions. They did fall short in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos. However, Gettleman’s hard work in building up the Panthers started to show.
His dismissal came in July 2017 months after he decided to rescind the franchise tag on Josh Norman and let him sign elsewhere. The Panthers fan base and local media questioned the move. This was due to each group considering Norman as the team’s best cornerback.
But in hindsight, letting Norman go helped Carolina spend money in other areas. They are right back in playoff contention in 2017 after a 6-10 season in 2016. Norman, meanwhile, hasn’t been to the playoffs yet with the Washington Redskins. He also barely looks like the player he was in Carolina.
His ability to rescind that tag on a popular but expendable player in Norman showed the no-nonsense style that Dave Gettleman possesses. He knows what is best for his team. When he was part of the Giants’ talent evaluations, he was very good at his job.
Gettleman was a big part of why they landed Shaun O’Hara, Plaxico Burress and Antonio Pierce; all key members of the Super Bowl XLII team that won in 2007. He also gave key players long-term deals to set up the team’s success; Cam Netwon and Luke Kuechly come to mind.
If the Giants are serious about hiring their next general manager before the end of the season, then Mara and Accorsi may not have to search very far. Gettleman is currently not with an NFL team, so getting him wouldn’t be as complicated as a process if he were with another squad.
His age may be a factor for some since he’s pushing towards 70. However, the Giants are currently set up to win if they make the right moves this off-season and get the key players back from injury; Odell Beckham Jr. is one in particular.
The Giants’ best general manager candidate heading into the offseason may be Gettleman. As a result, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him named the next general manager.