New York Giants: Dave Gettleman drops legendary line, more in press conference

General manager Dave Gettleman spoke with the media in a virtual press conference today to discuss his team, the New York Giants, or as he likes to call them, “The Fighting Joe Judges.” This is one of the highlight quotes from Gettleman’s press conference today.

The regular season kicks off in just under two weeks now. New York, along with the other NFL teams, has an important week of practices ahead of them as they trim down their rosters. Final rosters are due at the end of this week.

It has been a while since the media has met with Dave Gettleman, so they asked him questions on a variety of topics.

Dave Gettleman on Daniel Jones

Dave Gettleman’s defining draft pick of his career will be the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft: Daniel Jones. Gettleman had never been tasked with finding a team’s franchise quarterback until last year’s offseason. So far, Gettleman is “confident” in the decision he made, selecting Daniel Jones out of Duke.

Dave Gettleman said “I’m comfortable and confident with him right now,” referring to Jones. Gettleman thinks Jones is “Gonna be a fine NFL QB,” and showed real excitement when discussing his regular season. The general manager did mention Daniel’s fumbling issues in his rookie season, but Gettleman thinks the fumbles are “overshadowing” a season where Daniel Jones “did things no other rookie quarterback has ever done.”

Dave Gettleman on Aldrick Rosas and DeAndre Baker

The Giants had two key players get into serious legal trouble this offseason. Starting kicker Aldrick Rosas and starting cornerback DeAndre Baker were both arrested for different incidents. Gettleman was asked about these players today.

“There was nothing in Aldrick’s background, nothing in DeAndre’s background that would suggest these things would happen. It’s disappointing.” – Dave Gettleman on Aldrick Rosas and DeAndre Baker

For Gettleman to say there was nothing to suggest that these things would happen is a bit controversial. Aldrick Rosas was arrested in the past for driving under the influence, which seems like a good indicator that he could have problems driving again in the future. Gettleman responded to that, saying he “didn’t know [about Rosas’s previous arres] because I wasn’t here.”

DeAndre Baker is now on the NFL’s commissioner’s exempt list. This means he is on the Giants’ roster but he is not allowed to join their team activities. Gettleman said the Giants are “still in conversations” about whether or not they will cut DeAndre Baker.

Dave Gettleman on the Offensive Line

Since Dave Gettleman joined the New York Giants in 2018, he has made it a priority to rebuild the offensive line. When asked about his progress on that, Dave sounded pretty hopeful for the line’s future. Gettleman said this is the “closest we’ve ever been” to obtaining the offensive line that he envisioned for this team.

Dave Gettleman is confident that the Giants have “the right guys” on the offensive line. Gettleman said “they just gotta learn to play together,” but he is confident in his new offensive line.

Dave Gettleman on Logan Ryan

The New York Giants made a splash this week signing free agent cornerback Logan Ryan to a one-year deal worth $7.5 million. Ryan is a huge addition to the Giants’ secondary and will step in as one of the best players on the team instantly. When asked about his role in the Giants’ defense, Gettleman said he expects Ryan to play “well above 75-80 percent” of the team’s defensive snaps.

Dave Gettleman on the Future of the New York Giants

The Giants have lost a lot of games since Dave Gettleman took over in 2018. New York is 9-23 over the last two seasons. But Gettleman is now hopeful for the future and the direction of this team. He thinks they are headed in the right direction, thanks to three years of roster development. Gettleman also cited the team’s quarterback, “a heck of an RB,” and some pieces on both the offensive and defensive lines as reasons for optimism.

We’re getting there. – Dave Gettleman on the state of the 2020 New York Giants

New York Giants: Could Don “Wink” Martindale be the Answer?

New York Giants

The moment the New York Giants fired head coach Pat Shurmur, the process of finding a new head coach began. They have already interviewed Cowboys passing game coordinator/DB coach Kris Richard for the job, the first of many. Expect the Giants to do their research on nearly ten candidates over the course of the next few weeks. But there is one coach that could be the answer to a franchise that has made the playoffs just once since 2012. Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale is that guy. No, he’s not the most innovative of coaches, but he brings more than an abundance of potential. He should be the next head coach of the Giants, and here’s why:

Why Don “Wink” Martindale Should be the Next HC of the New York Giants

Baltimore’s successful defenses

For multiple years now the Giants have been towards the bottom of the league in almost every defensive category. They struggle to pressure the QB, rarely force turnovers, and are prone to giving up big plays. In other words, they need help across the board. The best place to start would be by bringing in a coach who has had success in recent years.

Martindale has been with the Ravens since 2012, where he started out as the linebackers coach. He was named the defensive coordinator in 2018 and has built the Ravens into one of the best defenses in the NFL. This past season, Martindale’s Ravens allowed the fourth-least yards of offense per game (300.6), forced the eighth-most turnovers (25), and surrendered just 17.6 points per game, the third-least in the league.

How the Giants’ youth could improve

No one should expect the Giants to instantly become one of the best defenses if Martindale comes. But they can expect one thing – improvement. The Giants have a number of young, talented players on the defensive side of the ball. Towards the end of the season, rookies Julian Love, DeAndre Baker, and Oshane Ximines started to show they have what it takes to play in the NFL. Add in Dexter Lawerence, who played well for almost all of 2019, the Giants have some pieces to work with.

On top of the players that are already there, the Giants have a great opportunity to add a game-changer on defense in the upcoming draft. Adding a player as talented as Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons and making some splashes in free agency could give Big Blue enough talent to compete in 2020. Having an experienced coach in Martindale leading all of those young players could put the Giants back on the map.

His plan to bring Joe Brady

While many casual football fans may not know who Joe Brady is, almost all of them know how potent the LSU Tiger’s offense has been this year. Brady is the mastermind behind that offense, and has not only led the Tiger’s to the national championship game but has set a number of records along the way as well. LSU set school records this year for points (621), points per game (47.8), and total yards (7,206). The offense was on full display this past weekend, during the semifinal game against Oklahoma where the Tiger’s rolled to a 63-28 victory.

Does LSU’s success mean the Giants will become the best offense in the NFL if Brady is hired? No, obviously not. But he will bring an offense that is unique and innovative. After watching the Giants call running plays up the middle on second down the past two seasons, perhaps it’s time Big Blue ventures into the land of college offenses. Arizona saw their offense improve greatly this season when they switched to Kilff Kingsbury’s air-raid offense.

Taking a chance on a coach who has never been the head coach of any team is risky, but it could pay great dividends for the Giants. Hiring Martindale and him bringing Brady along with him could bring Big Blue back to where they haven’t been since 2016 – the playoffs.