Giants hire Dave Gettleman as General Manager

AP

Former Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman is the new G.M. of the Giants.

The Giants moved quickly to hire Gettleman after firing Jerry Reese on December 4, signaling that they’re eager to begin anew after the disaster that was the 2017 season.

“Given where we are as a team, we thought it was important to bring in someone with experience as a General Manager and a proven track record,” Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a statement. “Dave’s experience is unparalleled. He did an outstanding job as general manager in Carolina, and he was vital to our success during his tenure here. Dave is going to bring his own approach to our organization in how we draft and acquire players through free agency.”

The Giants also interviewed Marc Ross, Louis Riddick and Kevin Abrams for the job. Abrams has been serving as interim G.M. since Reese was fired.

Gettleman will now get to work on the next tasks, namely hiring a new head coach and deciding whether to stick with Eli Manning or go looking for a new franchise quarterback.

54 responses to “Giants hire Dave Gettleman as General Manager

  1. The same guy who walked in your office and said he was too old for the pro personnel director position because it involved too much travel for a man his age? This was a complete sham from the start
    —Giants Fan

  2. Wow….big surprise. He’s 66….we’ll be searching for a new GM in 5 years. Why didnt the Giants wait until after the season to interview some younger guys who are currently employed by successful teams?

  3. Buh-bye, Eli (off to Jacksonville, most likely). I am sure the Giants will pass on getting Heisman winner Baker Mayfield who bested Patrick Mahomes (scouts never seem to pay attention to this stuff lol). Did Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold assist their team in reaching a major College Bowl berth this season? Hell-to-the-nah, man!

  4. Is there some type of rule I don’t know about that says you can’t hire someone new to be a GM? It seems like there’s a set number of these guys and they just keep getting recycled through different teams.

  5. Gettleman was a lock once his name was in the ring.
    No way the Mara’s weren’t going to hire him.
    The real story starts now with who Gettleman wants for HC.
    It is impossible to believe he didn’t tell Mara/Tisch his plans in the interview.
    That choice is already made but we just don’t know it publicly.

  6. Not a bad hire, but not an inspiring one, either. Not exactly risky, but then the Giants are always risk averse. Maybe that is not the way to go this time.

  7. Handwriting was on the wall for day one. The Giants are playing this safe. Now get a coach who can turn this mess around and draft some real players.

  8. I can’t imagine Giants fans are too thrilled with this hire. If the Maras truly thought he was the best man available that’s one thing but if they’re just playing it safe with a known name, that’s the opposite of what that franchise needs right now.

  9. I would be very underwhelmed if I were a Giants fan. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong, but when it looks like the Browns made a better hire… doesn’t inspire confidence.

  10. bringbackkosar says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    where’s the usual Rooney Rule hysteria?

    ================

    Unless I’m missing something, both Marc Ross and Louis Riddick are black………….

  11. So much for the “complete overhaul” Mara promised. NFC East opponents are thrilled. Same old – same old for Giants – especially when we’re talking a “new” GM who’s an AARP member. This organization lives in the past, while the quality teams construct for the future.

  12. The Giants interviewed Marc Ross and Louis Riddick….the Rooney rule was more than satisfied (not to mention that Jerry Reese was their GM since 2007).

  13. I’m sure the “spirit” of the Rooney rule was being followed by bringing in Riddick, right?
    He had a REAL shot, right?
    What a joke. If I was a minority candidate and I had read all the reports that the interviewing team already had their guy I would decline the offer to interview. No way you’d use me to check the box. That way we can expose the scam that is the Rooney rule. It’s an antiquated farce.
    Get rid of it and put everyone on a level playing field. No more crutches and no more lying by teams.

  14. Quintessiantial example of the recycle mode in the GOB system! He will get rid of your favorite players and draft some good ones along with some stiffs. His dialect fits better in NY than it did in NC. Good luck all in 2018 LOL

  15. Terrible hire. Mara went conservative and hired a 67 year old out of touch GM
    that has a terrible reputation with players. Good luck in free agency. While the league moves to skill players and speed, DG likes size. There are many resaons the Panthers sacked this clown.

  16. “Given where we are as a team, we thought it was important to bring in someone with experience as a General Manager and a proven track record,”

    Riddick was just brought in to comply with the rooney rule, SMH. The rooney rule needs to, I’d be insulted if I were one of the minority candidates, the rule is stupid.

  17. chefninerapologist says:
    December 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    I’m sure the “spirit” of the Rooney rule was being followed by bringing in Riddick, right?
    He had a REAL shot, right?
    What a joke. If I was a minority candidate and I had read all the reports that the interviewing team already had their guy I would decline the offer to interview. No way you’d use me to check the box. That way we can expose the scam that is the Rooney rule. It’s an antiquated farce.
    Get rid of it and put everyone on a level playing field. No more crutches and no more lying by teams.

    =============

    Great points except for the fact that Marc Ross was interviewed before Gettleman.

  18. wallabear says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Buh-bye, Eli (off to Jacksonville, most likely). I am sure the Giants will pass on getting Heisman winner Baker Mayfield who bested Patrick Mahomes (scouts never seem to pay attention to this stuff lol). Did Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold assist their team in reaching a major College Bowl berth this season? Hell-to-the-nah, man!
    ———-

    Anyone who thinks that pinball spread garbage from the Big 12 will translate to the NFL should not have their opinions respected in a public forum.

  19. Can someone tell me why Louis Riddick keeps getting interviews for GM jobs? In his 2 front office jobs wasn’t he a low to mid level person, scout etc ? I’ve got nothing against someone trying to move up the ladder to better jobs after doing the time to get the big job. But regardless of his ESPN stuff, he’s been out of the NFL for about 4, 5 years. Hasn’t worked for a team in any capacity for some time right? I understand he’s around the game, watches film etc. Doesn’t a NFL owner want someone with very current, hands on experience? ESPN pays well I’d bet. Don’t tell me it’s the same experience as being currently or very recently employed by a NFL team in a job similar to being a GM.

  20. Old vs. new. I’m really curious about how Lynch works out in Santa Clara because I’d like to see the 49er Hawk rivelry reborn. Then you get this story about a multiple retread in NY. We’ll see soon which is a better bet.

  21. So, the Giants hire a “football guy” who’s philosophy is to build the team through the front offensive and defensive lines, yet it seems a lot of those who post/comment/approve here don’t like it. I’m sure if they picked an outside the box, analytical guy, everyone here wouldn’t like that either. It appears the Giants were in a no-win situation with their vocal fans here. They really need to get over the fact that a dream GM candidate like Caserio just isn’t going to leave the Patriots.

    Gettleman is a great hire for them. They need to build the O-line and get tougher on Defense. Determining what to do with Manning will be important too, but he won’t succumb to sentimental notions of what Manning has done in the past (this is why he got fired in Carolina; because he wouldn’t give in to the team’s “stars” during contract negotiations). Yeah, he’s 66, but he isn’t on the field. Actually, he’ be able to attract good, young scouts, because they know he isn’t likely to be there 10-20 years.

  22. This was predictable. The Giants don’t like to shake the boat, which is good and bad. Good because it gives them continuity and a constant organizational identity. Bad because this also means that most of the front office that got you the bad roster will be coming back too, and we’ll see how much of it was Reese then, which I still contend wasn’t as much as people want to make it out to be.

  23. But what we all want to know is was the spirit of the Rooney rule followed? Or did they intend to hire Gettleman all along? Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  24. Eli to Buffalo is a rumor, I’m starting it. Gettleman and Bills GM are former co workers. Only hang up is of Eli’s dad will allow it.

  25. What is this garbage about being old at 67? This is called EXPERIENCE. There used to be this thing called earning your place. Since when does it mean you need to be ‘young to be a good GM? Have not really seen a good one yet.
    Example:
    1)Dave Caldwell….. WAYYYY too young…. look who is bailing him out .. the “OLD” man Coughlan!!! You don’t even see David, except on payday.
    2)Doug Whaley…..
    3)Chris Polian….totally trashed the Colts
    4)Ryan Grigson
    5)Ryan Pace
    6)Sashi Brown plus he is not a football guy.
    7) Actually even Tommy Dimitroff is on the young side, he has now brought in a bunch of older guys to help him out, or he would be sinking.

    There is just a ton of football guys who are being passed over because of politics and basically are being reversed discriminated against, just from age alone.
    Just because your dad was a GM doesn’t mean your name should be brought up at age 38ish (Eliot).

    So these 40 year old need to take a step back and get more “GETTLEMEN” experience under their belt.

  26. As a Panther fan, I’d say overall he was above average here but his moves had started to trend downward. I would think at a minimum his brusque manner will play better there than about anywhere else on the planet.

  27. He did do a good job in Carolina. The area where he did not do well was how he treated veteran players. I don’t mean handing out contracts to everybody, sometimes you walk away or cut someone if they’re not worth it, but he was still much more callous than he needed to be, and that did him in more than his actual on field product. He’s capable, but be prepared to draft a DT in the 1st or 2nd round every year regardless of need. With a good coach, Gettleman can be very good for a team, so before you start complaining, consider your other options at this point.

  28. Gettleman will have the Giants in the playoffs in one or two years. It’s not that difficult anymore because most GM’s around the league are clueless, and you can take advantage of that on draft day.

  29. ak185 says:
    December 29, 2017 at 3:05 am
    He did do a good job in Carolina. The area where he did not do well was how he treated veteran players. I don’t mean handing out contracts to everybody, sometimes you walk away or cut someone if they’re not worth it, but he was still much more callous than he needed to be, and that did him in more than his actual on field product. He’s capable, but be prepared to draft a DT in the 1st or 2nd round every year regardless of need. With a good coach, Gettleman can be very good for a team, so before you start complaining, consider your other options at this point.
    ———–

    Okay, we considered.

    Louis Riddick.

    We are complaining.

    And rightfully so.

    Gettleman’s mosaic is outdated. But because Mara knows him and didn’t have to venture outside of his circle of trust, we pass on a guy who could be here for the long haul.

    Gettleman won’t be here five years before he wears out his welcome… AGAIN.

  30. BuffaloSportsTown says:
    December 28, 2017 at 9:52 pm
    Eli to Buffalo is a rumor, I’m starting it. Gettleman and Bills GM are former co workers. Only hang up is of Eli’s dad will allow it.
    —————

    Eli has a full no trade clause. Eli has to allow anything. Never mind Archie.

    Nice try, though.

  31. titimium says:
    December 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    Can someone tell me why Louis Riddick keeps getting interviews for GM jobs? In his 2 front office jobs wasn’t he a low to mid level person, scout etc ? I’ve got nothing against someone trying to move up the ladder to better jobs after doing the time to get the big job. But regardless of his ESPN stuff, he’s been out of the NFL for about 4, 5 years. Hasn’t worked for a team in any capacity for some time right? I understand he’s around the game, watches film etc. Doesn’t a NFL owner want someone with very current, hands on experience? ESPN pays well I’d bet. Don’t tell me it’s the same experience as being currently or very recently employed by a NFL team in a job similar to being a GM.
    ————–

    Because he knows how to construct a team in order to succeed in TODAY’S NFL. Gettleman is another George Young.

  32. Gettleman’s hiring signals that it’s time for a total rebuild. Don’t be surprised if Gettleman sends OBJ to Cleveland for the Texan’s 1st round pick and a promise that the Browns won’t take Rosen with the number 1 pick (or will swap him for the Giant’s # 2). That clears the way for Rosen to opt for the NFL draft. The Giants get their QB of the future and the best WR in the draft to replace OBJ. They send Manning to the Jaguars (or Broncos) for some big uglies or draft picks while others players who are getting long of tooth are moved for draft picks. If the Giants lose, Gettleman is the man who gets all the blame for deconstructing the team insulating Mara who reluctantly accepts Gettleman’s retirement or, if the plan works quickly, elevates Gettleman to a ceremonial position. Mara wins; the team divorces itself from selfish players and those who are on the back 9 while getting their future QB. The NY media will go nuts claiming OBJ is a transcendent talent (forgetting he is a selfish head case); Giant fans will either love Gettleman if he succeeds or hate him from jettisoning older players if the team loses. Brilliant move by Mara who has again insulated himself.

  33. TOO OLD! C’mon folks. Age brings wisdom. We have a President who is over 70! Uh, yeah, maybe age doesn’t always bring wisdom but at least Gettleman knows something about the job.

  34. deneb1973 says:
    December 29, 2017 at 8:47 am
    Gettleman’s hiring signals that it’s time for a total rebuild. Don’t be surprised if Gettleman sends OBJ to Cleveland for the Texan’s 1st round pick and a promise that the Browns won’t take Rosen with the number 1 pick (or will swap him for the Giant’s # 2). That clears the way for Rosen to opt for the NFL draft. The Giants get their QB of the future and the best WR in the draft to replace OBJ. They send Manning to the Jaguars (or Broncos) for some big uglies or draft picks while others players who are getting long of tooth are moved for draft picks. If the Giants lose, Gettleman is the man who gets all the blame for deconstructing the team insulating Mara who reluctantly accepts Gettleman’s retirement or, if the plan works quickly, elevates Gettleman to a ceremonial position. Mara wins; the team divorces itself from selfish players and those who are on the back 9 while getting their future QB. The NY media will go nuts claiming OBJ is a transcendent talent (forgetting he is a selfish head case); Giant fans will either love Gettleman if he succeeds or hate him from jettisoning older players if the team loses. Brilliant move by Mara who has again insulated himself.
    ————-

    I actually thought this myself. I’m surprised someone else online actually had the gall to type it.

  35. deneb1973 says:
    December 29, 2017 at 8:47 am
    Gettleman’s hiring signals that it’s time for a total rebuild. Don’t be surprised if Gettleman sends OBJ to Cleveland for the Texan’s 1st round pick and a promise that the Browns won’t take Rosen with the number 1 pick (or will swap him for the Giant’s # 2). That clears the way for Rosen to opt for the NFL draft. The Giants get their QB of the future and the best WR in the draft to replace OBJ. They send Manning to the Jaguars (or Broncos) for some big uglies or draft picks while others players who are getting long of tooth are moved for draft picks. If the Giants lose, Gettleman is the man who gets all the blame for deconstructing the team insulating Mara who reluctantly accepts Gettleman’s retirement or, if the plan works quickly, elevates Gettleman to a ceremonial position. Mara wins; the team divorces itself from selfish players and those who are on the back 9 while getting their future QB. The NY media will go nuts claiming OBJ is a transcendent talent (forgetting he is a selfish head case); Giant fans will either love Gettleman if he succeeds or hate him from jettisoning older players if the team loses. Brilliant move by Mara who has again insulated himself.
    —————

    Mara is that kind of coward. He set McAdoo up to take the fall over the Eli debacle. The rhetoric last offseason indicated that they were going to be looking for any way possible to get out from under future obligations to Eli. Then they realized how fans reacted to it, and had to go close to the vest again. They know Eli is threadbare and working on his final bit of tread before he starts throwing up wounded quails like Tom Brady does now. If this scheme works, they’ll promote Gettleman and have a for-life emeritus role. If it doesn’t, hey, GMs get thrown out on their wallets every day, B. You tough, right?

  36. Safe hire. Why should his age of 66 matter?…he’s not required to run laps and sprints is he? 66 is really not that old for a GM. Probably has another 8-9 years in him.

  37. You guys with all your ADA citations are cute.

    Mara said:

    1) A bold transition and decision-making would take place.
    Neither occurred.

    2) He wants continuity and to realistically not have to hire another GM in the near future.
    Riddick would have assuaged the concerns on both these points. Gettleman was as “safe” as Rickey Henderson taking off for 2nd base in his prime, and the decision itself was as bold as a latte with 4 creams and 10 sugars.

    Mara didn’t want change, he wanted to pacify the fans who reacted much stronger than he anticipated to how they had made it clear (for those who were paying attention last offseason) that they were trying to find the slightest opening to get out from under Eli’s contract and move forward, as these things never end well with “franchise QBs.” He set up McAdoo, who was an easy fall guy, and Gettleman, who would be, as well. Reese inherited Eli, and instead of keeping him (which hiring Gettleman is effectively tantamount to having done), they are pushing more of the same, with a “Refurbished” sticker on the box and shiny new wrapping. That is all.

    Unless Riddick fell, hit his head and lost all his acumen regarding proper evaluation of players, they wouldn’t have needed to hire another GM for well over a decade.

    Instead, they’ll be looking again in five years and Riddick likely won’t be available or willing to come.

  38. What’s up with all the negative comments, especially about his age? He, after all, built a team that went to the Super Bowl two years ago. He’s good with the salary cap and that’s a strength for a rebuilding team. Safe, yes. Hardly terrible.

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