Dave Gettleman may or may not lose his job in a week, but the embattled New York Giants general manager has recently received some heavyweight support. A pair of former NFL executives who are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Gil Brandt and Bill Polian — have thrown their support behind him.
Here is Brandt, talking recently with Steve Serby of the New York Post:
“I think he’s doing an outstanding job,’’ Brandt told The Post’s Steve Serby, when asked to evaluate Gettleman’s work with the Giants. “I don’t care what they say, I just know the players that they got, and how I graded those players. See, what Gettleman does is a lot like we used to do. He rolls the dice that they can be great players. They may be a bust, but they can be great players.”
Brandt, currently an analyst for SiriusXM NFL radio, believes the way Gettleman has augmented the Giants’ roster through the NFL draft is the way it must be done.
“They’ve done a great job of accumulating young players, and especially in the later rounds,’’ Brandt said. “Like the guy from Auburn [Darius Slayton], the wide receiver, he is gonna be, I think, a really good player. The left guard [Will Hernandez] I think is a good player, I think the guy they got from Clemson [Dexter Lawrence] is a good player. I think the Giants’ future is very bright.”
Polian said on WFAN that he can see Gettleman’s plan at work:
“It starts with solidifying the fronts on both sides of the ball,” Bill Polian told WFAN’s Maggie Gray and Bart Scott on Tuesday. “It’s obvious that there’s still work to do there.”
Polian said Gettleman has done a good job by putting “the two most key pieces in place”: Daniel Jones at quarterback and Saquon Barkley at running back.
”So that’s taken care of, and it’s a lot easier to move faster when you have those pieces in place,” said the six-time NFL Executive of the Year. “If you’re searching for them, it really takes a lot of the oxygen out of the room.”
That support isn’t likely to sway Giants’ co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch. It is, honestly, just an interesting footnote.