NFL Giants GM Gettleman Shares Surprise Over Retaining Position
NFL Giants Senior VP & GM Dave Gettleman said that he "thought he would be fired this week, conceded he was wrong in believing the team could win and rebuild at the same time in 2019, and accepted what could become a diminished role in organizational decisions based on the next head coach," according to Tom Rock of NEWSDAY. Appearing Thursday on WFAN and ESPN Radio 98.7 N.Y., Gettleman said that he had a "number of conversations" with Giants President & CEO John Mara and Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch in the final weeks of the season, but had "no idea he would keep his job until earlier this week." Later on ESPN Radio, Gettleman said that his plan to rebuild the roster while trying to win at the same time was a "miscalculation." Gettleman: "I came into it and I thought that we could do both at the same time. And I was wrong." Rock notes on Gettleman's role moving forward, the Giants have been "about as blunt as they can be regarding their willingness to listen to ideas from head-coaching candidates when it comes to restructuring their power dynamic." For decades, they have had a GM "in charge of the roster" and a coach "in charge of on-field decisions" (NEWSDAY, 1/3).
HEADHUNTING: In N.Y., Ryan Dunleavy notes the now-fired Pat Shurmur was the "first head coach" Gettleman ever hired, as Ron Rivera was already with the Panthers when Gettleman first was hired there. Dunleavy: "It sounds like Gettleman wanted to give more time to his handpicked choice, but ownership disagreed." Gettleman said the decision "came from above" (N.Y. POST, 1/3). In Newark, Darryl Slater writes Mara "must at least call" Cowboys coach Jason Garrett "immediately" if Garrett is removed. This is "not to say Mara has to hire Garrett," but sitting down with him "makes a lot of sense for Mara and Co. He should get an interview." The value of Garrett to Mara "depends a lot on how much the Giants' brass values NFL head coaching experience" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/3).