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Dave Gettleman gets interview for Giants’ GM job

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Dave Gettleman, considered by many to be the front-runner for the New York Giants’ vacant general manager job, interviewed for the position on Wednesday.

Gettleman interviewed with team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch, and former general manager Ernie Accorsi, who is consulting with the franchise on the selection process.

Gettleman, 66, worked in the Giants’ personnel department from 1998-2012, and was the team’s pro personnel director from 1999-2011. He was GM of the Carolina Panthers from 2013-2016, and was let go last summer. The Panthers were 40-23-1 in his four seasons. Carolina is 10-4 this season with a roster that Gettleman built.

From our profile of Gettleman:

Why it would work

There is no candidate for the job who knows the Giants better than Gettleman. He was in the organization from 1998-2012, serving as pro personnel director from 1999-2011. There will also be no other candidate for the job that the Giants are as familiar with. Ownership knows Gettleman well. He worked alongside Ernie Accorsi, consulting in the current GM search, during all of Accorsi’s Giants tenure as GM, has worked alongside many of the team’s veteran scouts, as well as coaches like Steve Spagnuolo, Mike Sullivan and Dave Merritt.

Why it wouldn’t work

Gettleman’s long tenure and familiarity with the Giants can be viewed as a negative as well as a positive. Maybe co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, looking for “wholesale changes” after the departures of Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese, won’t see Gettleman as something new.Why it would work

There is no candidate for the job who knows the Giants better than Gettleman. He was in the organization from 1998-2012, serving as pro personnel director from 1999-2011. There will also be no other candidate for the job that the Giants are as familiar with. Ownership knows Gettleman well. He worked alongside Ernie Accorsi, consulting in the current GM search, during all of Accorsi’s Giants tenure as GM, has worked alongside many of the team’s veteran scouts, as well as coaches like Steve Spagnuolo, Mike Sullivan and Dave Merritt.

Gettleman is the second candidate to have interviewed. The Giants interviewed team VP of Player Evaluation Marc Ross earlier in the week. Kim Jones of NFL Network is reporting that Louis Riddick, currently working for ESPN, could be next.