Gettleman Lays Out Philosophy in Opening Presser

Dave Gettleman spoke with clarity and a bit of brutal honesty, as the newly appointed New York Giants’ general manager was unveiled before the media on Friday.

It will be Gettleman’s job to rebuild a team that was expected to challenge for the Super Bowl this year. It’s a team that somehow managed to instead secure a top-five pick in next spring’s NFL Draft.

The first priority for Gettleman will be finding a head coach.

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Gettleman has a strong background with the Giants’ organization that includes over a dozen years working in their personnel department before becoming general manager of the Carolina Panthers in 2013. Now with the Giants, he will be looking for the team’s third head coach in what will be a span of four years.

“I really believe that the head coaching job is a CEO position. It really is. You look at the great head coaches and I’ll tell you right now, there ain’t a dumb one in the group,” Gettleman said Friday during his press conference.

“They’re all leaders. They all know how to lead men. And, that’s what you need. You need intelligence. You need leadership and on the assumption that you hire an intelligent guy, you’re going to have a guy with vision. Those are critical components you’re looking for. There are a million pieces to it because it is, you know, you think about a head coach. You think of all the things he’s got to juggle. I mean, there’s a ton of stuff going on. I’m sure that they all once a week probably say, ‘Gosh, I wish I could be the offensive coordinator.’ Whatever it is. Just pick the position he loves to coach. ‘Man, I’d just love to get with my linebackers. Just for a week.’ It’s a load. It’s a load. You got to be able to handle that load.”

It is a Giants organization that desperately needs some hope and a reason for belief. A year ago, the Giants were 11-5, riding the coattails of the league’s second-best scoring defense. A return to the playoffs was a foregone conclusion, but the season hasn’t exactly played out that way.

Some curious decisions by the former general manager have the Giants at 2-13 and eyeing this rebuild.

Gettleman won’t get into specifics of the process – he can’t yet without thoroughly evaluating the roster and the talent that initially will be at his disposal – but he’s simply promising to sit down and look at everything.

“First of all, you can’t make promises, right? Number one, there are some really good players on this roster,” Gettleman said.

“It’s funny. When I was in Carolina, I’m a first-time GM, the first three weeks were a blur. So finally Friday of my third week, I get my clicker in my hand, and I have the DTs, and I watched film for two weeks, my eyes were bleeding. They finished the season fairly strong and in my estimation, it wasn’t fool’s gold. So I have to look at this team, look at the players on this team with that same eye. I’ve got to figure it out. We’ve got to all sit down together, personnel department, and figure it out. And I know from watching, there are some quality players on this roster. We’ve got to fix the O-line, let’s be honest. Let’s not kid each other. I told you at the top, big men allow you to compete and that’s what we’ve got to fix.”

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