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Accorsi said he didn’t play favorites with Gettleman


When former Giants G.M. Ernie Accorsi was hired to help the Panthers find a new G.M., the first name that popped up in league circles as the prime candidate was Giants executive Dave Gettleman, given his relationship and friendship with Accorsi.  And even though Gettleman wasn’t even interviewed for any of the other G.M. openings in the current hiring cycle, he won the dog-and-pony show in Charlotte.

Accorsi says that the decision to hire Gettleman wasn’t the latest example of NFL cronyism.

I wasn’t going to sell anyone,” Accorsi tells Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.  “First of all, that wasn’t going to work with Jerry Richardson.  Secondly, I have a lot of pride in my own integrity and I wasn’t going to do something like that.”

The five candidates for the job were Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, Montreal Alouettes G.M, Jim Popp, and Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton.  Four were interviewed (it’s unclear who wasn’t), and Gettleman got the job not long after his session with owner Jerry Richardson concluded.

“He was positive about the first three. They all went well,” Accorsi said of Richardson.  “But I really thought it clicked with Dave.”

Still, in an industry driven by relationships (family or otherwise), it’s no surprise that Accorsi’s and Gettleman’s mutual experiences and interactions allowed Gettleman to “click” with the guy with whom Accorsi has been working to turn the Panthers around.

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11 Responses to “Accorsi said he didn’t play favorites with Gettleman”
  1. wattsrmyline says: Jan 26, 2013 11:06 PM

    do you believe this guy? he went there and knew who he was gonna hire!

  2. green41563 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:07 PM

    Has anyone figured out what’s on top of Accorsi’s head?

  3. wattsrmyline says: Jan 26, 2013 11:11 PM

    After giving it more thought I just bet he voted for Obama!

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 26, 2013 11:16 PM

    “C’mon”, expostulated Ernie, “the guy isn’t even paysan…”.

  5. nukaten says: Jan 26, 2013 11:22 PM

    Richardson has resigned himself to the fact that the Steelers give no team in the nfl any hope at all. Any fiber of greatness that is present in the nfl belongs to the black and gold. We shall show no mercy.

  6. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:22 PM

    How do they expect to get better, if they only hire friends. Look at Singletary, he vouches for Raye and it blows up on him. Its a craps shoot sometimes

  7. joebone says: Jan 26, 2013 11:37 PM

    Who’s he kidding?

  8. bamj6 says: Jan 27, 2013 12:45 AM

    “do you believe this guy? he went there and knew who he was gonna hire!”

    I knew he was gonna hire one of the two Giants guys.

    And the last two GM’s Ernie Accorsi championed were homeruns. Dimitroff up in Atlanta, and his own successor Jerry Reese.

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 27, 2013 7:17 AM

    I think cronyism refers to the good ol’ boy network in place in the NFL and the business world in general for that matter. There is little doubt that’s what happened in Charlotte.

  10. ronlpitts says: Jan 27, 2013 7:29 AM

    Then Ernie woke up.

  11. uhnoreally says: Jan 27, 2013 8:40 AM

    he put no threats in that process to get his man hired.

    He brought in a Canadian football GM.

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