The New York Giants have a long road ahead of them this off-season, but first things first, what will they do with general manager Dave Gettleman? As one of the more interesting enigmas of the off-season, new head coach Joe Judge has to make a decision regarding the general manager spot, but some reports have indicated that Gettleman will determine his own fate.
#Giants GM Dave Gettleman is staying in the organization, per sources. Rumblings circulating that he could be reassigned to a senior advising role, but nothing solidified. Here to stay.
— Unnamed NFL Source (@nfl_unnamed) January 4, 2021
With any source, take it with a grain of salt. This suggests that Gettleman will stay within the organization, and he will have a decision to make regarding his future as a GM or taking a step down as a senior advisor.
Ultimately, with his connections around the NFL, it is always beneficial to have him around. Nonetheless, allowing him to continue developing this team and selecting personnel might not be in the best interest of the club.
While his 2020 free agent signings and draft selections were much better, we canâ€™t assume he is responsible for 100% of it. The new coaching staff, including Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, were heavily involved in the evaluation process, hoping to inject specific talent into their units.
All signs point to the New York Giants keeping Gettleman despite poor performance:
After two consecutive disappointing seasons in 2018 and 2019, this year produced just one additional win at six. That is not enough to justify Dave retaining his job, considering heâ€™s won a total of 15 games in three seasons and has lost 33 in the same time span. Of course, the decision to draft Saquon Barkley two years ago is one that is heavily debated, and itâ€™s proving to be a mistake given his injury history and the fact that hindsight is 20/20.
Moving forward, Judge could have the opportunity to select the perfect GM to suit his needs. I believe a change of culture was witnessed this past season, showing discipline within the organization, especially with players and veterans. Judge also disciplined a coach, former offensive line coach Marc Colombo. It seems that nobody had the upper hand over Judge, who is monitoring things closely and wanted everybody to be on the same playing field.
Thereâ€™s a lot left to iron out, especially on offense with coordinator Jason Garrett failing to produce much schematically. Most believe Gettleman is a detriment to the team, but considering how loyal the Maraâ€™s are to him, I would be surprised if heâ€™s not with the Giants in some capacity next season.