Giants’ John Mara says Dave Gettleman is great because he doesn’t care what people think of him
No decision-maker in the NFL has received more flak over the past year than Dave Gettleman. Fortunately for the New York Giants’ oft-criticized general manager, though, the one person who actually decides his fate seems pleased with job he’s done – and almost seems to relish his unflinching penchant for drumming up scrutiny.
In a sweeping story by Tom Rock of Newsday, Giants owner John Mara lauded Gettleman for sticking to his guns when it comes to personnel decisions, despite widespread criticism of New York’s offseason.
“I think the best thing for me about Dave is he makes decisions that he feels are in the best interest of the franchise,” Mara said. “He doesn’t give a damn what people think about it, be it media or be it fans or anybody. He has the courage of his convictions, and you have to have that. He set about to try to rebuild this team, change the culture in the locker room.”
Gettleman was re-hired by the Giants in late December of 2017. He’d spent the previous five seasons as general manager of the Carolina Panthers, who poached him from New York after Gettleman had served as the team’s pro personnel director for 14 years.
The 68-year-old made several controversial decisions this offseason following another disappointing Giants campaign. Gettleman ushered in a new era for New York by parting ways with Landon Collins and Odell Beckham Jr. despite both superstars being right in the thick of their prime, and finally began a changing of the guard at quarterback by drafting Duke’s Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall – the most disputed pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.