Information is the first step in making decisions, and for the New York Giants, Jon Berger was a big part of the information section of the front office. Berger held the role of senior director of football information, and had one of the longest running careers within the front office. While other figures were removed as the Giants entered a rebuilding phase, Berger held onto his job – until now. The breakup, however, has been described as amicable.
Berger had previously been the director of information technology for the Giants for 21 years before moving into his information director role. That, of course, placed him in football’s IT field before it was nearly as prominent as it is today.
While iPads and computers are common tools within a front office or coaching staff these days, the information department of an NFL team used to be far more obscure and Berger seems to be one of the first staff members to work in such a role for the Giants. In total, Berger was with the organization for 38 years.
The split between him and the organization comes some time after Dave Gettleman promised to involve analytics more in the running of the team back in 2019. Many didn’t believe Gettleman at the time, but the Giants moving on from their current name at director of football information may be a signal that they intend to bring in someone younger and more promising to aid in the analytics department.
After all, the organization has seemingly become more forward thinking over the past year or so with the hiring of Joe Judge and an overhaul of the coaching staff. It only makes sense that the front office may follow in the same direction.