“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,” president John Mara and chairman Steve Tisch said in a release. “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.”
Who is Dave Gettleman? Gettleman spent 15 years with the Giants as the team’s director of pro personnel and senior pro personnel analyst. He was hired by the Panthers as their general manager prior to the 2013 season.
Gettleman’s roster went 15-1 and made it to the Super Bowl following the 2015 season but regressed mightily in 2016 and finished 6-10. Gettleman was fired by the Panthers in mid-July. But now he’s back in the saddle with the Giants, and he’s got very clear plans for his tenure.
Dave Gettleman on his long-term future plans: "My plan is to come here every day and kick ass, and I'm going to keep doing it until they take my key card or the Lord calls me home."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 29, 2017
What can the Giants expect from Gettleman? During his time in Carolina, Gettleman was rigid about the kind of player he wanted and wasn’t afraid to move on from ones who didn’t fit quite right. It’s a big reason why the Panthers were content to rescind the franchise tag from Josh Norman and allow the cornerback to leave in free agency.
The good news is that it means Gettleman will get straight to work on the team’s biggest holes:
Dave Gettleman loves his “hog mollies,” as he likes to call them. Expect him to go to work almost immediately on that offensive line.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 28, 2017
Why did the Giants fire Reese? Gettleman replaces Reese, who spent more than two decades with the team. Reese started out as a college scout for the Giants in 1994 and worked his way up to the director of player personnel. He took over as GM in 2007, and he inherited a solid roster built by Ernie Accorsi. The Giants went 10-6 that season and blazed through the playoffs, knocking off the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Reese got some draft picks right, but he whiffed on many of them. The Giants got back to the Super Bowl in 2011 and handed the Patriots another loss. But Reese’s misses started to catch up with the Giants.
The Giants went 6-10 in 2014 and 2015, and Tom Coughlin stepped down as the team’s head coach. The roster stayed pretty healthy in 2016, which covered up a lack of depth on defense and helped the Giants get to the postseason. But the Giants reverted back to the mean in 2017, and their 2-13 record is a reminder of Reese’s failure to bring in enough talent to keep the team competitive. Reese had to go.
Who were the other options? New York interviewed its vice president of player evaluation, Marc Ross, ESPN’s Louis Riddick, Giants interim GM Kevin Abrams, and Gettleman for the general manager position.
Abrams will reportedly remain with the team:
New Giants GM Dave Gettleman is expected to keep interim GM Kevin Abrams on board in his previous position, as assistant GM, according to sources.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 28, 2017
All of the candidates interviewed with team owners Mara and Tisch, as well as Accorsi, who is serving as a consultant on the search.