The Giants will begin interviewing general manager candidates this week. Dave Gettleman will be the one of the first they’ll meet with.
The New York Giants have begun their search for a new general manager after the firing of Jerry Reese. The team would like to get someone in place soon so that whoever gets the job has time to evaluate the team before the season ends.
NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported that the Giants will interview Dave Gettleman for the job this week, according to Dan Schneier of CBS Sports. Gettleman is thought to be a favorite for the job, and the Giants are wasting no time in finding out if he is the fit that the team needs.
Gettleman is most well known for helping to orchestrate the turnaround of the Carolina Panthers, who have become a perennial playoff contender. He was their general manager from Jan. 2013 to July 2017, leading the team to a Super Bowl appearance in 2015.
He has several connections to the region, including one big one with the Giants. He was the head coach of Spakenkill High School in Poughkeepsie from 1973-78, and again from 1980-81.
More importantly, he spent 15 years in the Giants organization as an employee in some capacity. He was hired as a scout in 1998, before being promoted to pro personnel director in 1999. He held that role until 2012, when he was again promoted to senior pro personnel analyst. He held that role for one season before leaving to take the general manager job with the Panthers.
As pro personnel director and analyst, Gettleman was in charge of advising the team on what free agents or trade targets could help the team. Gettleman was with the team when they signed players such as Antrel Rolle, who anchored the secondary during the 2011 Super Bowl run, Kerry Collins, who led the team to a Super Bowl appearance in 2000, Plaxico Burress, who caught the game-winning pass in Super Bowl XLII and Antonio Pierce, who anchored the Giants defense during the run to Super Bowl XLII.