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Dave Gettleman’s fate as Giants’ GM up in the air as season ends

There are any number of things that could happen as the Giants figure out how to go forward

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No matter what happens on Sunday between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, then perhaps the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles, the most important thing might actually be what we learn about the future of general manager Dave Gettleman.

Will he be fired after a trio of double-digit loss seasons? Will the soon-to-be 70-year-old retire? Will the Giants kick him into some type of ceremonial consultant role? Bring in someone to “help” him? Keep Gettleman and formally give coach Joe Judge more authority over personnel? Keep things as they are and go forward with a Judge-Gettleman collaboration?

Everyone has an opinion.

I can see the “he should go” argument. There were missed opportunities and free agent mistakes in the first two offseasons of Gettleman’s tenure. There has been too much losing. Gettleman is going to be 70 in February and maybe it’s time for a new approach.

I can see the “he should stay” argument. As far as we can tell, Gettleman and Joe Judge work well together and share a vision for how the Giants should be built going forward. Last year’s free agency moves were outstanding. Despite the struggles on offense this season, the organization appears to believe in Gettleman’s decision to draft Daniel Jones in 2019. If Gettleman and Judge are on the same page, and ownership believes in the direction Judge has laid out, why mess with that?

Personally, I’m fine with either decision the Giants make.

If they believe they are — finally — set on the right path, fine. Stay the course. Gettleman is an easy punching bag for frustrated Giants fans, but the most important thing right now for whoever is Giants GM is the relationship and comfort with Judge. If it’s there, leave it be. If it’s not, move on.

There are, however, two things about the situation that concern me.

I sincerely hope that whatever happens on the field today has nothing to do with whatever co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch decide to do. NFC East champs or not when the dust settles today, Gettleman’s three-year record will — at best — be 15-33. The overall body of work and how ownership feels about the team’s direction, not a win or loss on Sunday, has to guide the decision.

The other is something that former Raiders CEO Amy Trask talks about. The “and do what?” part of the equation.

You can’t push Gettleman out the door and then ask yourself “now what?” You better already have a plan. You better have a short list of candidates you think can work with Judge, and you better already have a pretty good idea if the people on that short list are interested in the job.

Matching the right GM and coach is never easy. it’s going to be fascinating to see which way the Giants go here.

Poll

What should the Giants do at GM?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Fire Dave Gettleman?
    (398 votes)
  • 29%
    Allow Gettleman to retire
    (451 votes)
  • 22%
    Keep Gettleman as GM
    (340 votes)
  • 16%
    Make Gettleman an advisor/consultant
    (245 votes)
  • 5%
    Hire an assistant to help Gettleman
    (91 votes)
1525 votes total Vote Now