The New York Giants have been criticized a lot over the past couple of years for not reaching outside of their own organization. It’s not hard to see the reason why. The hiring of Dave Gettleman proved again that experience within the organization doesn’t make someone the best candidate. Over the past years, it’s become clear that whatever is happening in the Giants front office isn’t working. The team hasn’t had a winning record at any point in the past five years, and many fans are worried that the failures will continue if the next GM is an in-house hire.
Luckily, it doesn’t seem like that will happen. Not only have the Giants lined up interviews with candidates from a number of better run organizations, but assistant GM Kevin Abrams has reportedly been ruled out of the search for the next general manager.
Kevin Abrams is reportedly “not a candidate” for GM job
My understanding on the Giants' search: Kevin Abrams is not a candidate to succeed Dave Gettleman as general manager with the Giants, per source.
Obviously things can change, but that's where things stand right now. https://t.co/aP0ynCQrgl
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 10, 2022
The news was reported by Art Stapleton, who claims that Abrams isn’t currently a candidate in the race. This report, of course, contradicts earlier ones that placed Abrams as a leading candidate.
Those earlier reports, though, may not have been wrong entirely. The Giants endured a rough end to the season, and it’s quite possible that the final games caused a shakeup in the plans. A bit earlier, it looked like Joe Judge was expected to return next season. Now, after a series of bad press conferences and bad losses for Judge, the head coach situation is a lot more precarious.
It’s possible the Giants were planning to consider Abrams, but after the last weeks, decided that an in-house hire just wasn’t going to work.
Either way, a major fear in the fanbase should be alleviated if this report does hold true. It’s hard to fix a sinking ship by handing over control to someone that helped get it there in the first place. Even if the realization is coming a bit late, it seems the Giants owners are starting to get this.