Dave Gettleman
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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman doesn’t pay too much attention to the people who have criticized him as of late.

Dave Gettleman has been in the news a lot this offseason, and unfortunately, a lot of criticism has come with it. The New York Giants general manager has made numerous decisions that have had fans scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows, to say the least.

Gettleman traded star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., decided to not franchise tag Landon Collins nor sign him to a longterm deal, and drafted Daniel Jones No. 6 overall. He claims the moves are in the best interest of the organization, but a lot of fans don’t buy into it.

The 68-year-old general manager knows the criticism he gets, but ultimately, decides not to pay too much attention to it.

“People make fun of me. If it makes them happy, let them have it. I don’t care,” Gettleman told Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated. “I just know I’m blessed. I’ve got the Lord and my family and I’ve got football.”

The Giants have won eight games in the past two seasons. It’s safe to say changes need to not only be made, but implemented on the field as well. Despite the fact that Gettleman has shaped a primarily-young group of players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, he’s confident he and his staff know what they’re doing.

“I’m not saying this from an arrogant place, I’m just saying that I’ve been around enough successful teams and I’ve seen the way they’re built,” Gettleman said. “And to a degree I know what it looks, smells and tastes like. I have confidence in myself. I have confidence in the organization, and Pat [Shurmur] and his staff, the scouting staffs. I have tremendous confidence in ownership.”

The Giants open up their preseason schedule this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET when they take on the New York Jets.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.