I think Gettleman is sincere when he says he loves Saquon Barkley as much as Ernie Accorsi was head-over-heels in love with Eli Manning once.
Okay to all that.
But I also think Gettleman should have taken a quarterback instead of a running back, as gifted as this particular running back is; and that he just let a franchise quarterback go to the team that plays in his own building. Gettleman says he doesn’t care what the Jets do, or words to that effect. Well, he ought to. You think our baseball teams don’t watch what the other is doing? Come on.
Gettleman got a total star in Barkley, you bet he did, the way Jerry Reese got this kind of star with Odell Beckham Jr. But as great as Barkley is, and he was great at Penn State, you have to tell me which total star, high-draft-pick running back ever carried his team to a Super Bowl. Everybody thought Ezekiel Elliott was going to do that with the Cowboys. Let’s see when he plays in the big game if Dak Prescott doesn’t turn out to be a star quarterback (which, by the way, I’m not sure he is).
Not since Tom Coughlin’s departure has there been one person who could regularly step in front of the cameras and notebooks and speak with clarity and conviction — and personality — about the decisions being made by the organization. It was something general manager Jerry Reese never expressed much interest in handling, and he didn’t have to with Coughlin there. But it was something coach Ben McAdoo never quite mastered and it created a messaging vacuum.
A team needs someone who can speak for the organization, and for the past two years they lacked that drum major. The Giants learned that the hard way.
Now they have regained their voice.
It’s one that drops words like meshuggener and bupkes into conversations with a Boston accent and tells stories from the past like Grandpa Simpson. It’s one that is expressing sentiments that some fans and reporters may not agree with when it comes to the future of Eli Manning and the role of analytics in player analysis. But it’s a voice.
NFL Draft: NY Giants put stamp on their new era
GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur believe they leave the NFL Draft with a better football team. Co-owner Steve Tisch says 'we got the Giants back'
For Giants, the expectations of Saquon Barkley rise to role model | Newsday
“I think he’s going to be a role model for his generation,” says Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.
Dave Gettleman sticks by his old-school building blocks | Newsday
GM says “every decision will be made in the best interest of the New York Football Giants. ”
Giants Score Big In Draft With Barkley, Hernandez « CBS New York
After finishing his first draft as general manager of the New York Giants, Dave Gettleman got a laugh when asked his thoughts on his six picks.
Giants' 53 man roster projection: NFL Draft picks edition | Will Ereck Flowers make the team? | NJ.com
Giants are up to 82 players after NFL Draft. Only 53 will be on the team when the regular season begins. An early projection of who is in, who is out, including some veteran salary cap casualties.
Among all the Saquon Barkley superlatives, this may be biggest
The Giants gushed so much about him before and immediately after they selected Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft that it almost sounded as if...
"I'm going on year 20, and you've seen guys that have some of the things," Moorhead, now the head coach at Mississippi State told NJ Advance Media by phone Friday. "Maybe the speed, maybe the size, maybe the physicality, but not all of them packaged into one. That's what makes Saquon the most unique and gives him the highest ceiling.
"There's not one deficiency. To reiterate, you put on top of that his leadership, his lack of entitlement, the way he makes the people around him better. That's something that the Mara family, the city of New York, and the Giants are going to embrace."