New York Giants: 3 major takeaways from Joe Judge, Dave Gettleman press-conference

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman, Joe Judge

The New York Giants have a ton of moves to make in the near future, especially with the franchise tag deadline on March 9 at 4 PM and free agency starting on March 17.

With plenty of action to come over the next two weeks, head coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman hosted a press conference to answer questions. The Giants have already made several moves, including the release of Golden Tate and David Mayo. The Giants have also restructured the contract of Levine Toilolo and are preparing to tag Leonard Williams.

Three major takeaways for the New York Giants:

1.) Gettleman tips cap on tackle situation

With veteran RT Cam Fleming hitting free agency, the only serviceable player on the roster they can start at the position is Matt Peart, former 3rd round pick from the 2020 NFL draft. Gettleman affirmed that he would feel comfortable with Andrew Thomas and Peart starting at both tackle spots in 2021. He mentioned that the former UConn product showed enough and that he had some good reps last season before being diagnosed with COVID-19.

This could be a tip of the cap from Gettleman, but I am under the impression the Giants will roll with an extremely young offensive line 2021.

2.) Evan Engram isn’t going anywhere

The Giants seem to be enamored with TE Evan Engram, who was a direct result of multiple turnovers in 2020 and dropped a multitude of passes. Head coach Joe Judge remained positive and confident arhat EE can bounce back in a big way moving forward. He detailed his work ethic and discipline to improvement, which is something that Judge loves to see in his players. If EE can alleviate those drops, there’s no question he can be one of the best receiving TEs in the NFL.

3.) Building through the draft

Successful teams don’t build through free agency, they need to consistently draft well. That is something that Judge understands greatly and is focused on putting together a strong scouting department and phenomenal coaching staff to maximize their selections. With only a minimal amount of money this season, the Giants will undoubtedly have to rely on the 2021 NFL draft to solve some of their problems.

 

New York Giants: What are the odds the Giants get Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford?

Deshaun Watson, New York Giants

Will the New York Giants be trading for a quarterback this offseason? It’s highly unlikely after head coach Joe Judge firmly committed to Daniel Jones, but not impossible. General Manager Dave Gettleman can be unpredictable at times.

Gettelman traded away the face of the Giants’ franchise just a few seasons ago. It is not crazy to think Gettleman makes a move to acquire a player like Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford.

On Monday, BetOnline released odds on the potential destinations for both Watson and Stafford. The Giants were a 28/1 for Watson and 35/1 for Stafford. Vegas oddsmakers are not sold the G-Men will sit this one out.

The Giants are not the favorites to acquire one of these two quarterbacks. New York would have to give up valuable assets to acquire one of these quarterbacks, especially Watson.

What are the favorites?

The New York Jets are considered favorites to land Watson at 15/4, while the Indianapolis Colts are considered favorites to land Stafford at 3/1.

Watson came out publicly saying his preferred landing spot would be the New York Jets. Why not go to a team that has a more built-up roster, and there are still in New York, the Giants?

Ultimately, do not expect the Giants to be serious players for either Watson or Stafford. However, it would be foolish if Gettleman didn’t at least put a call in to see what the asking price is on both.

New York Giants predicted to select Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle in mock draft

New York Giants, Jaylen Waddle

The 2021 NFL Draft is a few short months away. But as this offseason begins to ramp up in intensity, the New York Giants will begin looking for ways to improve their offense. Uprgading the offense, more specifically, upgrading the offensive playmakers, is a major point of emphasis for the Giants this offseason. Co-owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman vowed to improve the offense this offseason.

Giants fans have quickly turned their attention to the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency periods. Both free agency and the draft will feature rich wide receiver classes filled with talent for the Giants to acquire. At the top of the NFL Draft, there are a few intriguing options for the Giants at wide receiver.

Ja’Marr Chase and Devonta Smith are two exciting wide receiver options that might not make it to pick number eleven in April. So many Giants fans and analysts have turned their attention towards the draft’s consensus third-best wide receiver, Jaylen Waddle.

Jaylen Waddle is the less talked about wide receiver out of Alabama in this year’s draft class. Devonta Smith, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, has gotten most of the media attention. There is a good chance, though, that Smith is selected inside the top ten picks of the 2021 NFL Draft. Same goes for the electric Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU. This leaves Jaylen Waddle as the likely next-best option for the Giants in round one.

Jaylen Waddle stats and highlights

Jaylen Waddle has been mocked to the New York Giants in countless mock drafts recently. It seems like a perfect situation where elite talent meets extreme need. The assumption is that the Giants will draft the best receiver on the board in April. This is contingent on what happens in free agency, though.

If the Giants are able to sign a big-name wide receiver in free agency, they could go another direction in the draft. But one of the Giants’ biggest current needs is at wide receiver, so Jaylen Waddle at eleven overall makes sense.

Jaylen Waddle has game-changing speed combined with crafty route running and impressive receiving skills. It is entirely possible that Waddle runs a sub-4.3s forty-yard dash at his 2021 Pro Day. Waddle’s speed makes him a killer deep threat and also makes him highly efficient on shallow or deep crossers. Waddle is able to create plenty of separation through solid route running combined with his elite speed.

Waddle averaged 11.2 yards after the catch per reception over the past two years at Alabama, per PFF. He also averaged a shocking 21.1 yards per reception in 2020. Jaylen posted 28 receptions, 591 yards, and 4 touchdowns in only six games this year at Alabama. Waddle dealt with an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for most of the year, but showed great heart and competitive nature by recovering from that injury and returning for the National Championship Game in 2021.

Throughout the course of Jaylen Waddle’s collegiate career, he played alongside extremely talented offensive teammates. Alabama has been producing first-round wide receiver talents for years, along with NFL quarterbacks and superior offensive linemen. Despite playing in this loaded offense, Jaylen still put up impressive numbers, totaling 1999 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns since 2018, averaging 18.9 yards per receptions over the course of his collegiate career.

Jaylen Waddle is the definition of a playmaker. He is a reliable receiver with the ability to create huge game-changing plays. If the Giants draft Waddle, they will have the choice of moving him inside to slot receiver or playing him off the line of scrimmage in the outside “Z” receiver position. Either way, Waddle dominated at both of those positions in college. If Jaylen Waddle is on the board for the Giants with the eleventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it will be hard for them to pass upon his elite speed and talent.

The Giants should consider tagging and trading Leonard Williams

New York Giants, Leonard Williams

The New York Giants have a lot of key decisions to make this offseason, and one of them is what to do with their star defensive linemen Leonard Williams.

After acquiring Williams from the Jets via trade midway through the 2019 season, which was largely seen as a controversial move amongst Giants fans, general manager Dave Gettleman ended up using the franchise tag on Williams for 1-year and $16 million dollars after failing to come to terms on a long-term contract.

Looking back on it now, the Giants probably regret not locking up Williams long-term, as he went on to have a monster year this season. Williams was a Pro Bowl snub after racking up 57 total tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Giants and is sure to command a massive contract on the open market as a free agent.

There is no doubt that the Giants want to keep Williams in blue, but it might be difficult for them to do so. As good as Williams was this season, it was the first season in his career where he’s had more than 7 sacks, and that was back in 2016. In the three seasons between his 2016 season and this season, Williams only manages to put up 7.5 sacks total.

The questions surrounding whether Williams can maintain this elite level of play going forward could and probably should cause the Giants to have some reservations about how much they would be willing to pay him. If they can sign him for around $17-$18 million dollars per year, then they should bring him back. But, even with the shortened salary cap this offseason, it’s entirely possible Williams will command $20 million dollars per year, or maybe even more.

If the number goes that high, it would make more sense for Giants to let go of Williams. However, an alternative to simply letting him walk away for nothing is to tag and trade Williams, which is something that hasn’t been talked about much but would make a lot of sense for the Giants.

It remains unclear what the franchise tag salaries are going to look like this offseason and whether or not Williams would get tagged as a defensive end or a defensive tackle. A year ago, Williams got tagged as a defensive tackle, but that could change this season. Either way, the franchise tag salary isn’t likely to increase from last season and might even decrease due to the limited salary cap. Even if does increase, it likely won’t reach $20 million, so it would be worth it for the Giants.

Another huge bonus in tagging and trading Williams is the ability to get a potentially great draft pick in return, one that’s better than the third-round compensatory pick they would receive by letting him walk, which is basically a fourth-round pick in disguise. Williams will definitely draw interest around the league after the season he had, and if a team is willing to offer a second-round pick or even a first-round pick, it’s a no-brainer for the Giants.

This is probably an unlikely scenario for the Giants, even though there’s no reason for them not to do it if the opportunity presents itself. They would likely either pay up for Williams to keep him long term or let him walk for a compensatory pick.

But, tagging and trading Williams would be a creative and smart route the Giants could potentially take in order to add another early draft pick and spread out their cap space across multiple players rather than tying most of it to one player.

Leonard Williams had a phenomenal year and has earned himself a massive payday, whether that’s from the Giants or someone else. We shall see what the Giants choose to do in the coming months, but they would be wise to consider going in the direction of tagging and trading Williams if his price tags exceed what they’re willing to pay.

New York Giants: 3 wide receivers Dave Gettleman could target during the 2021 offseason

New York Giants, Kenny Golladay

The New York Giants were the second-worst team in the league in passing. The Giants averaged only 189.1 yards per game through the air. Quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Colt McCoy combined only threw for 12 touchdowns. The G-Men need to get another weapon or two on the offensive side of the ball.

The injuries with Jones this season a lot to do with the Giants’ lack of air attack combined with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s short passing scheme, which did not fit with Jones’ skill set.

Big Blue has some talented skill players on offense in Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, and Evan Engram, but the Giants need to get another weapon. The Giants need to get Jones an No.1 receiver if the Giants want to see Jones’ full potential.

Here are three wide receivers the New York Giants need to consider in free agency:

Allen Robinson:

The 28-year-old wide receiver Allen Robinson will be the most highly looked receiver on the open market in March, that’s if the Chicago Bears let Robinson walk.

Robinson has been one of the most reliable receivers over the past two seasons with the Bears. Robinson has caught nearly 200 passes for 2,400 yards over the last two seasons. Robinson also racked up 13 total touchdowns with the Bears.

Robinson would come in and instantly become the New York Giants No.1 receiver and will instantly make Jones a better quarterback. This signing could be one of the biggest reasons why the Giants find themselves in the playoffs in 2021.

Kenny Golladay:

The same issue with Robinson is with Kenny Golladay. Golladay will be one of the most highly looked at receivers on the open market in March, that’s if the Detriot Lions let me walk.

The 6-foot-4 receiver has been hurt all season long, and with the NFL cap space decreasing by $20 million, it will be very difficult for the Lions to retain Golladay long term. If Lions could franchise tag him, but if not, Golladay will hit the open market.

Golladay has the sort of size and athleticism the New York Giants will want to give Jones. He will provide Jones with a big red zone and end zone target.

If Golladay hits the open market, he will not be cheap.

Curtis Samuel:

The Carolina Panthers have a surplus of wide receivers, there is no need for them to retain Samuel long term. Samuel and Dave Gettleman both have ties with each other as well.

Gettleman drafted Samuel in his last draft in Carolina. Gettleman signed James Bradberry last offseason, and Gettleman drafted him as well. Maybe, we could see Gettleman re-unite with another former draft selection.

Samuel will be a little cheaper than Robinson and Golladay but is not a true No.1. But getting Samuel and maybe drafting a receiver will significantly help this offense.

Samuel is coming off his best year as a pro with 851 receiving yards and over 200 yards on the ground. He is a playmaker, which the Giants need on this offense.

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman to remain general manager, according to reports

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The New York Giants are continuing with Dave Gettleman as the team’s general manager, according to Paul Schwartz of the NY Post. Schwartz notes that the decision came from ownership, as they believe the Giants are “heading in the right direction.” Paul Schwartz also says that ownership also believes “Gettleman is the right man to continue the building process alongside head coach Joe Judge.”

This will undoubtedly be a controversial decision amongst Giants fans. The New York Giants hired Dave Gettleman in 2018 and the team has not seen much success over the past three seasons. With Dave Gettleman as the general manager of the Giants, the team has gone 15-33 in three years. They have also seen two head coaches hired during the Gettleman era.

Prior to the 2020 offseason, Giants’ co-owner John Mara made it clear that Dave Gettleman was on thin ice. Mara mentioned that Gettleman’s “batting average” needed to go up. Certainly, it did, with great signings in the 2020 free agency period like Blake Martinez and James Bradberry having a huge impact on the Giants this season.

The Giants also saw improvements week-to-week by Gettleman and company’s 2020 draft class. And, most importantly, second-year quarterback Daniel Jones showed tremendous progression through this season. Jones was Gettleman’s most important selection as general manager of the Giants and his success largely determines the success of Dave Gettleman as a general manager.

Granted, while the Giants fought for a playoff spot until the final game of the 2020 season, they still finished the year below .500 with a 6-10 record. The team is improving and this is the best record they have posted during the Gettleman era. After this season of improvements, Dave Gettleman now officially bought himself at least another year as the general manager of the New York Giants.

John Mara and Dave Gettleman will meet with the media this week to discuss the state of the New York Giants and “the factors that went into retaining Gettleman.” Schwartz’s post indicates that this was largely a John Mara decision and that Mara feels “the arrow is pointing up” towards success in the Giants’ future with Dave Gettleman.

New York Giants Rumors: Dave Gettleman will determine his own fate within organization

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

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.

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 can’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 he’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 it’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.

There’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 Mara’s are to him, I would be surprised if he’s not with the Giants in some capacity next season.

There’s only one way the New York Giants draft another quarterback in 2021

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The New York Giants have a long journey ahead of them to competency, but they have taken several steps forward this season with new head coach Joe Judge taking over the reins. However, moves from the past have limited their potential this season, and that is thanks to general manager Dave Gettleman.

When Gettleman originally took over in 2018, he made several poor decisions, including drafting Saquon Barkley second overall before committing to a rebuild and trading back for more assets. While Barkley is a fan favorite and a dynamic playmaker, he will have missed 17 games in two years and spent the majority of his career injured. In hindsight, this was a devastating move for the Giants’ future and one that will loom over Gettleman’s head in the decision to let him go or retain him at the end of the 2020 season.

In addition to his 2018 decisions, Gettleman didn’t do much better in 2019, as quarterback Daniel Jones is still trying to cement himself as a franchise quarterback and the team’s depth is thin. However, it is fair to mention the positives if we are going to harp on the negatives. The 2020 draft class for Big Blue has been phenomenal, as left tackle Andrew Thomas has developed nicely, and the third day picks have been influential in their rookie seasons. Players like cornerback Darnay Holmes and linebacker Tae Crowder have stood out the most when called upon.

Nonetheless, we could go back-and-forth regarding Gettleman’s decisions for days, and a video listing his actions since he took over in 2018 might be more appropriate.

Co-owner John Mara was very open about his expectations for the team after a disappointing 2019 season, ensuring the fan-base that Gettleman needed to do a better job.

“We need to win more games, and Dave knows that, and that’s going to be the challenge going forward.” – Mara, Dec. 30, 2019

“I want to feel like when we walk off the field after the last game that we play, whenever that is, that we’re moving in the right direction.” – Mara, Sept. 3, 2020

“We just need to feel like we’re building something that’s going to compete for a championship. If we’re able to play meaningful games in December, that would obviously be a sign that we are doing that.”

The New York Giants are headed down an interesting path and it starts with ownership:

There are very important points to extract from Mara’s comments, notably that he wants to see positive progress with the team. You could make the argument that the Giants are on an upward trend because of Judge and the coaching staff, not because of Gettleman’s decisions. He has simply acted as a scout and working piece to help add correct personnel for the coaches (free agency/draft). If Judge feels as though he wants a different general manager to fit his mold more appropriately, he should have the autonomy to do so.

That brings me to my question, what are the chances the Giants move on from Daniel Jones, or at least add competition to the algorithm?

The Giants feel as though Jones has the skill set to be a fantastic quarterback in the NFL, given his ability to run and solid arm talent. He’s not a gunslinger by any means, but he can put balls in the right spot and utilize his legs to move out of the pocket— what modern-day NFL quarterbacks are expected to do. The problem is, he’s not mentally able to progress through his reads at an efficient rate, and play-caller Jason Garrett has held him back with poor route concepts and schematics.

With Jones entering the third year of his rookie deal in 2021, the Giants could elect to draft another quarterback, but this would only occur if they move on from Gettleman. Players like BYU quarterback Zack Wilson have risen across draft boards, and we’ve seen teams in the past select quarterbacks back-to-back, and this would actually provide the Giants a one-year cushion, where they selected Andrew Thomas to fill a major gap at left tackle.

If a new general manager comes in and spots a quarterback that he feels can be an elite talent in the future, the Giants shouldn’t be afraid to pull the trigger, even if Jones still has the potential to reach a different level of play. Building around a quarterback on a rookie contract is essential, and with Jones quickly progressing through his rookie deal with minimal growth, things could get tougher sooner rather than later.

These final two games will decide a lot about the Giants going forward

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

With Christmas behind us and the new year just days away, the NFL regular season is winding down very quickly. There are two weeks left to go, and the New York Giants find themselves in a unique position.

Despite having a 5-9 record and suffering through their seventh losing season out of the last eight seasons, they are still in the race for the division title due to the futility of the 2020 NFC East.

However, with two difficult games coming up against the Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys, who both have caught fire the past couple of weeks, it’s very possible that the Giants could lose out and finish 5-11, finding themselves with yet another top 10 pick in the draft.

These next two weeks will say a lot about the state of the franchise both in the short-term and potentially the long-term as well. The fate of general manager Dave Gettleman will most certainly hang in the balance, and possibly quarterback Daniel Jones as well.

Head coach Joe Judge seemed to suggest that Daniel Jones is not going anywhere in 2021 during an exchange with NFL Network’s Kim Jones on Wednesday. Judge mentioned how Daniel Jones has earned his respect throughout the course of the season, especially with all the challenges the team was faced with. Judge even went as far as to say, “Daniel Jones is our quarterback,” when asked a follow-up question about him.

Now, of course, we need to take everything with a grain of salt because what Judge said was expected, but it seems to be a safe bet that Jones will at least will be the starting quarterback at the beginning of next season, especially if Gettleman sticks around.

If Gettleman gets fired and a new general manager is brought in, however, the quarterback question definitely gets more interesting. Judge will, without a doubt, have a big say in who the next general manager is, and then the two of them will have to decide where to go at the position. It’s possible that the new general manager would want to bring in his own quarterback, and he’ll be able to convince Judge to get on board, but it’s also just as likely they’ll stick with Jones.

If Jones is healthy enough to play these final two games, his performance can help his chances of staying if he plays well and finishes the season on a high note. If he remains out, there’s also the chance that could hurt his standing a little bit. The best availability is availability, as Giants fans have been harshly reminded of.

There’s no doubt Jones is talented and had a promising rookie season, but there’s also no doubt he’s regressed badly in his second season. Now, a lot of that is due to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and his horrible scheme that does not play to Jones’ strengths, but Jones certainly isn’t blameless. Garrett’s fate is probably already decided, and he’s the most likely person to be gone after the season, but Jones still needs to play better and prove that he’s taken the next step in his development, which he has yet to do regardless of the other factors that may play into it.

At the very least, the Giants would be wise to get themselves a backup who can give Jones some legitimate competition and give the team a better chance of winning games when he’s in. No disrespect to Colt McCoy, who’s solid and well-respected around the league, but he’s not going to cut it.

When it comes to Gettleman, he’s on much thinner ice than Jones, and the rest of the season could singlehandedly decide whether he keeps his job or not. Despite having a 14-32 record over his close to three seasons as general manager, if the Giants win the division and even go on to win a playoff game, John Mara could see that as enough evidence that the team is going in the right direction and keep Gettleman.

If the Giants go 1-1 or 0-2 and finish no better than 6-10, then it becomes more likely that Gettleman will go, and Judge will bring in his own guy. This past offseason was a successful one for the Giants in both free agency and the draft, with several key role players being added to the roster, but a lot of that is due to the coaching staff getting the most out of the players.

The fact of the matter is that this roster still lacks a lot of talent in critical areas, talent that even the best of coaching staffs need to achieve success. That’s on Gettleman, who’s had more than enough time to solve that problem by now, but his misses have just greatly overweighed his hits. Other teams that were in similar situations to us when Gettleman took over, such as Cleveland, Buffalo, and Arizona, have turned it around while the Giants have been stuck in a cycle of losing. I know that each team’s situation is different, but it should show you that rebuilds don’t have to take as long as they have for the Giants.

The point is that these final two games carry a lot of weight for the Giants. They are both very important and will have lasting implications one way or another, no matter where the team finishes. They could define what the offseason looks like for the Giants while also providing answers to some critical questions surrounding the team.

New York Giants: What role is Dave Gettleman playing and how much credit does he deserve?

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

Isn’t it interesting how winning solves a lot of problems? New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has been on the hot seat for quite some time, particularly regarding his 2018 draft class and the decision to select Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick. However, the Giants remained loyal, authorizing him to move ahead with the 2019 draft and follow his rebuilding plan.

Gettleman publicly stated after the 2018 season that the decision to rebuild and win at the same time was wrong, and the Giants subsequently shredded the roster and started over. But what we didn’t realize at the time was that the coaching staff was incapable of utilizing the players to their strengths.

“I thought we could do both at the same time and I was wrong.”

Former head coach Pat Shurmur and defensive coordinator James Bettcher seem like a distant nightmare at this point, as Joe Judge and Patrick Graham have revitalized this team in ways inconceivable through 13 weeks.

Facing COVID-19, no preseason, new schematics, and players across the board, the Giants entered the season as one of the worst teams in the NFL. They started 1-7, but things started to take shape after losing three consecutive games by a combined six points.

Since then, the New York Giants have won four games straight, dethroning the Seattle Seahawks, who entered the game as 10.5 favorites at home. Without starting quarterback Daniel Jones, Big Blue managed to run the football with ease against the 3rd best run defense in the NFL. The Giants totaled 190 yards on the ground when Seattle was allowing an average of 89.3 per game.

It is interesting, though, as the calls to fire Gettleman have quickly faded into the abyss as the Giants have racked up wins. However, it remains possible that Gettleman could be fired, or he can retire at the end of the season. Nonetheless, his past mistakes are turning into interesting successes, but not because of his decisions, but because of the coaching and their ability to extract value where there wasn’t any before. That is something Shurmur and his coaching staff struggled to accomplish, but Judge has managed to discipline his team and keep them focused despite falling to a 1-7 record earlier this year.

There are many that still harp on Gettleman’s past judgments, and justifiably so. We have to think of things in context, like the Leonard Williams trade. Williams might have 8.5 sacks this year, but that is because of the coaching staff, which some could argue that Gettleman helped put together. Nonetheless, he mismanaged assets last year by trading away a third and fifth-round pick for Williams during a lost season with a bad head coach. They did not anticipate Judge taking over and suddenly turning these mistakes into massive wins. Predicting this turnaround was simply impossible, and it has undoubtedly cast a cloak of redemption over Gettleman’s mistakes.

The New York Giants have improved and it’s time to give credit where it’s due:

There is a positive spin, as the personnel decisions this past off-season were phenomenal. The free agency signings and latest draft class have been impeccable and integral to the Giants’ success this season. Gettleman deserves some credit for that, and we mustn’t forget.

Now, as the 2020 campaign inevitably winds down, the reality is that Dave will likely stay with the Giants next season. However, things are different than they were before as Gettleman was the focal point in personnel decisions. Now, it is more collaborative, with the coaching staff helping to piece together this team.

The only way I see Gettleman sticking around is if Judge wants him in a supportive role. Personally, I think Dave offers great value when piecing together the offensive line and finding hidden talent. Leaving Judge to handle the day-to-day operations and current roster, Gettleman can go off and begin scouting players for the draft.

Instead of being a hands-on general manager, I believe Gettleman is taking more of a head scout role, gathering information for Judge to make the everyday calls. This would support my thesis that Judge has a superabundance of power within the organization, considering the job he has done turning around the culture and putting a winning team on the field.

That is more his doing than Gettleman’s, and we must comprehend that. He took the players on the roster, signed several free agents and a bevy of rookies, and turned them into contributing players. It is exceedingly challenging to do that for any coach, let alone a first-year head coach. Dave deserves some credit, but it is Judge that is running the show, and Gettleman is simply a supportive piece.