We have spent some time talking about potential replacements if the New York Giants move on from coach Pat Shurmur. In a sense, though, that is putting he cart before the horse. If the Giants move on from Shurmur, the list of potential coaching candidates is going to be impacted by whether or not they chose to keep Dave Gettleman as GM.
I’m not getting into the keep/fire Getleman argument right now. Here, though, are some names to know if the Giants are in the market for a new GM once this season ends.
Kevin Abrams — Has to be considered a candidate simply because of ownership’s love for continuity. Abrams is in his 21st season with the Giants. He has been assistant GM for 18 years, and is the teams primary contract negotiator and salary cap guru. Perhaps the Giants are grooming Abrams for the job, but giving it to him now doesn’t seem like a great idea.
Louis Riddick — The ESPN analyst and former director of pro personnel for both the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles was the only candidate other than Gettleman to receive an interview two years ago. He would be an obvious candidate this time.
Nick Caserio — Has been with the New England Patriots for 19 years, 12 of which were spent as director of player personnel. Caserio’s contract is reportedly up, and with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick both perhaps nearing the end of their runs in New England, now might be the time for Caserio to move on. He’s always mentioned for jobs, but to this point has been reluctant to move on. Can he run his own ship as GM? He deserves an opportunity to find out.
Martin Mayhew — Was GM of the Detroit Lions from 2008-2015. He was hired to help then-Giants GM Jerry Reese is 2016, but left in 2017 and has been working in personnel for the San Francisco 49ers. It would be typical of the Giants to circle back to Mayhew.
Chris Polian — Was vice president and GM of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011. Has been director of pro personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars since 2013. With all of the upheaval in Jacksonville, might Polian be a candidate to join the Giants in a capacity similar to the one Mayhew had as an advisor/consultant for Reese?
Brian Gaine — Was fired after less than two years as GM of the Houston Texans. I’ve been told Gaine has a staunch ally in Bill Parcells and will likely get another shot as a GM at some point. Could that be with the Giants?
NOTE: Some information for this piece taken from Dan Hatman’s annual GM candidate study.