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Dave Gettleman to return as general manager of NY Giants

Art Stapleton
NFL writer

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman will be returning for a fourth season in that role despite speculation over his job security, a person with knowledge of the situation told NorthJersey.com and USA TODAY Network.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The New York Post first reported that Gettleman was staying as general manager.

The divide in the fan base regarding Gettleman's tenure at general manager is clear, at least on social media.

There are those who believe in Gettleman and his ability to scout talent, and his free agency class in 2020 was outstanding (James Bradberry, Blake Martinez and Logan Ryan, to name a few). But the complaints with Gettleman go deeper than that. His philosophical choices going back to Saquon Barkley's selection at No. 2 in 2018, and the notion that Gettleman outlasted the head coach he came in with (Pat Shurmur) and has had three seasons to rebuild a roster. Holes still remain, although the Giants believe they are heading in the right direction under Joe Judge despite a 6-10 record that left them in second place in a historically-underachieving NFC East.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman will return for a fourth season despite speculation over his job security.

It was always hard to imagine co-owner and team president John Mara announcing that the Giants were firing Gettleman, especially after he was kept as GM despite the organization parting ways with Shurmur. Gettleman did play a part in interviewing and ultimately hiring Judge last January.

There was speculation that the Giants could shift responsibilities and have Gettleman take on more of an advisory role. That remains a possibility down the line with the franchise having restructured its front office with Mara, Judge, director of football operations Kevin Abrams, director of player personnel Mark Koncz, assistant director of player personnel Tim McDonnell and director of college scouting Chris Pettit all working together.

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Gettleman, who turns 70 in February, has joked that he eventually hopes to retire to Cape Cod having delivered the Giants a franchise quarterback the way Ernie Accorsi, one of his mentors, did with Eli Manning. His selection of Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall two years ago was immediately panned, but Jones' play as a rookie silenced some doubters. His second season garnered internal praise from Judge and his coaches, and teammates, but Jones' inconsistency has put a lot on his development and production in 2021.

The Giants are 15-33 with three consecutive double-digit loss seasons since Gettleman took over as general manager.

Art Stapleton is the Giants beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Giants analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and sign up for our NFC East newsletter.  

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