The New York Giants have a new general manager. The team officially announced the hire of Dave Gettleman on Thursday afternoon.
Gettleman replaces Jerry Reese, who was fired along with head coach Ben McAdoo earlier this month.
The Giants are one of those organizations that rarely hires people with no connections to their organization. Gettleman made sense for them, then, since he worked for team from 1999-2012.
Gettleman left the Giants in 2013 to become general manager of the Panthers. Carolina went 40-23-1 and won three consecutive NFC South titles during his time there.
But despite his success, Gettleman was fired after a 6-10 season in 2016. There was talk that Gettleman didn’t have a job relationship with key players. One former Panthers player said there was a lot of “disconnect” with Gettleman in the building.
The Giants have been a dumpster fire this season so Gettleman clearly has his work cut out for him. We’ll see how he does as he tries to rebuild one of the Philadelphia’s NFC East rivals.
There was talk that Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas might draw interest from the Giants, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Seeing New York hire Douglas for GM and John DeFilippo as head coach would’ve been ... not ideal.
The Flip part is still possible. The Giants still need to hire a head coach to replace McAdoo. Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks has already been connected to the New York job, thanks to the Gettleman connection. We’ll see.