Allowing Dave Gettleman to stay a few more weeks so he could save face with his “retirement” was not the Giants’ mistake.
Letting the failing CEO stay in charge for two years too long was the mistake.
Giants co-owner John Mara explained on Wednesday why Gettleman was allowed to retire at the end of the season, even if it became inevitable mid-season that he would not be retained in 2022. The rules of the NFL prohibit executives employed by one team from interviewing during the regular season for another team. GM post vacant, so Giants could only have gotten a quick start with internal or independent candidates.
“Frankly, our best candidates are people who are all employed at the moment, so that really wouldn’t have given us any advantage,” said Mara. “I haven’t seen the need to do this before [Monday] when he announced his retirement.
Giants assistant general manager Kevin Abrams and former NFL executives Louis Riddick and Scott Pioli – both working as television analysts – did not list the nine scheduled interviews.
“All I can tell you is that, based on the number of inquiries I have received from potential candidates, we will not be able to interview even 20% of them,” Mara said. “It’s a very desirable job. “
Many NFL sources, in conversations with The Post, questioned the hypocrisy of allowing Gettleman to retire with a 19-46 record after sacking Super Bowl-winning GM Jerry Reese and two head coaches whose terms were marred by Gettleman’s personal incidents.
Unlike the others, Gettleman, 70, was on his last stop in the NFL. Additionally, Gettleman was part of a golden age as the Giants’ professional personnel manager from 1999 to 2011, although the same can be said of Reese, who was fired with coach Ben McAdoo in the aftermath of Eli Manning’s botched failure in 2017. Only Gettleman took pictures with his family on the pitch on a final match day.
The Giants retained Gettleman while sacking Pat Shurmur after the 2019 season and again in 2020, despite Mara’s admission that the miscalculations made in 2018 under Gettleman had created a multi-year setback. When asked if he regrets not making a change in CEO earlier in Gettleman’s tenure, Mara dodged the question in a final show of respect.
“I thought at the end of last season – we finished 5-3 – the arrow was pointing up,” Mara said of the strong end of eight games against a 6-10 season. “I thought we were going in the right direction. I thought the communication at this end of the building was good. And, for some reason, things have gone wrong this year. We’ve reached a point where I just think we need to hit the reset button and make a fresh start. “
Now the Giants must hire a successor with a job offer that reads: shortage of offensive linemen and passer, uncertainty in the quarterback and the need to plug those costly holes during salary cap hell. ($ 2 million above the limit for 2022, according to spotrac.com). The Giants’ biggest selling point is the second-best NFL draft capital in 2022, including the No.5 and No.7 picks in the first round.
“I think this is an organization that people want to work for, so I was encouraged that so many people have expressed an interest, including some very talented people who have a legitimate chance of getting the job. post, ”says Mara. “We haven’t been turned down by anyone yet.”