The Dave Gettleman as New York Giants general manager train appears to be picking up steam, with a source telling Big Blue View that a deal with the former Giants executive and Carolina Panthers GM “could be wrapped up by mid-week.”
Earlier Sunday, reports indicated that the 66-year-old Gettleman was the front-runner and would get “significant consideration” to replace Jerry Reese.
Gettleman was in the Giants’ personnel department from 1999-2012, serving 12 of those years as pro personnel director.
Gettleman is among the few legitimate candidates who could be interviewed/hired now because he is not currently employed by another team. The Panthers fired him this summer after four seasons.
Who would Gettleman recommend for head coach?
That’s all speculation at this point. Guys with NFL head coaching experience who might be considered would include Mike Smith and Pat Shurmur. Smith, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, is defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shurmur, offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, was head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012. He compiled a 9-23 record. ESPN said Shurmur’s “name is generating a ton of buzz.”
Among first-time candidates, Panthers’ defensive coordinator Steve Wilks would likely be high on Gettleman’s list.