Giants GM Dave Gettleman displays ‘courage of his convictions’ says John Mara
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman’s offseason has brought critics far wide. From his bold (perhaps an understatement) moves that include trading fan-favorite Odell Beckham Jr., drafting Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall — to the dismay of his fanbase –, and not resigning former All-Pro Landon Collins to his adamant defense of his philosophy, it’s fair to say he’s brought a bit of heat onto his name.
While the Giants’ fanbase may not be pleased with his offseason, owner John Mara continues to support his general manager.
“I think the best thing for me about Dave is he makes decisions that he feels are in the best interest of the franchise and he doesn’t give a damn what people think about it, be it the media, or be it fans, or anybody. He has the courage of his convictions, and you have to have that,”said Mara on Tuesday via USA Today.
“He’s set about to try and rebuild this team and change the culture a bit in the locker room. I think, as I said before, our last two draft classes were pretty strong, and that’s what gives me confidence going forward. I think we’re moving in the right direction. Again, until we start winning games, it’s hard to sell people on that notion, but that’s what I believe.”
Mara noted that parting ways with star players isn’t easy, but he continues to support Gettleman.
I wouldn’t say I had any — there was never any doubt in Dave’s ability or in what his motivation was, or what his skill level was. You don’t like to see all that talent go out the door, but let’s face it, we had one winning season in ’16 and the other five or six years, nothing, not since we won the last Super Bowl, so we needed some drastic changes. Again, he had the courage of his convictions, he knew they would be unpopular moves, but he went and made them anyway.”
Of course, football is a business, and he wants to win games, as he said,
“We need to win some games. I want to feel like at the end of the season we’re moving in the right direction. I’m not going to say it has to be a minimum number of games that we have to win, or we have to make the playoffs.”
Whether or not his Giants win enough game for his liking want be known until 2019 wraps up.