New York Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement Monday.
The 70-year-old Gettleman, according to a statement from the team, informed Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch of his intentions within the past few days and announced it this morning to the players and coaches in their final team meeting of the 2021 season.
“We would like to thank Dave for his commitment to this franchise,” Mara and Tisch said in a joint statement. “He has had a highly accomplished 35-year career in the National Football League. Dave was integral in building three of our Super Bowl teams, including two championship teams, and we wish Dave, his wife Joanne and their entire family all the best in his retirement.”
Mara and Tisch said the search for a general manager will begin immediately and will consist of a diverse pool of qualified candidates. Candidates will be announced after each interview is completed.
“This will be a comprehensive search for our next general manager,” said Mara. “We are looking for a person who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication abilities, somebody who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, college scouting and coaching.”
Added Tisch, “It is an understatement to say John and I are disappointed by the lack of success we have had on the field. We are united in our commitment to find a general manager who will provide the direction necessary for us to achieve the on-field performance and results we all expect.”
During Gettleman’s four seasons with the Giants, New York was 19-46, including four straight 10-plus loss seasons.
“It was a privilege to serve as the general manager of the New York Giants the last four years and to have spent so many years of my career with this franchise,” Gettleman said. “We obviously have not had the on-the-field success I expected, and that is disappointing. However, I have many fond memories here, including two Super Bowl victories, and I wish the team and organization only the best moving forward. There are many good people here who pour their souls into this organization. I am proud to have worked alongside them.”
Gettleman re-joined the Giants in 2018 after spending 2013-16 as general manager of the Carolina Panthers. In his four seasons, Carolina was 40-23-1 and won three consecutive NFC South titles. In 2015, Carolina finished an NFL-best 15-1 and advanced to Super Bowl 50. Gettleman has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners – the Denver Broncos in 1997, and the Giants in 2007 and 2011.
The 2021 season for the New York Giants has been a complete disaster, and the season continued to go downhill as they were blown out by the Bears 29-3 at Soldier Field Sunday.
The loss was the Giants’ fifth in a row and dropped their record to 4-12. They have been outscored during the losing streak, 141-49, and all five losses have been by double digits.
The Giants’ offense was completely inept against the Bears, and three points were the fewest scored by the Giants in Joe Judge’s two seasons as coach. In addition, the Giants did not score a touchdown for the third time this season and the third time in their last five games.
Giants quarterback Mike Glennon threw only 11 passes. He completed four for 24 yards with two interceptions. Glennon was sacked four times for losses totaling 34 yards, so the Giants finished with minus-10 net passing yards, which the Elias Sports Bureau said was the lowest in franchise history.
After the game, Judge was not very happy, but he defended the Giants’ organization; he believes the team is still headed in the right direction.
“This ain’t a team that’s having fistfights on the sidelines,” Judge said. “This ain’t some clown show organization or something else, OK? You talk about the foundation built; you talk about the things that — the toughest thing to change in a team, the toughest thing to change in a club, is the way people think. You understand that? That’s the toughest thing.
“You can get new players; you can have them in your damn locker room all you want. You have to change how people think. You change how they f—ing — pardon my language — believe in what you’re doing. And they gotta trust the process. And that’s a lot easier said than done when they’re looking up right now, and you got one game left, and the most games you’re going to win is five this season, OK? But I guarantee you this: Those men are going to walk in on Wednesday and be ready to roll. We’re going to practice hard on Wednesday; we’re going to practice hard on Thursday, we’re going to practice hard on Friday, OK? We’re going to play for each other on the field next week.”
New York has to be better, but it’s not all on Judge. However, as the coach, he will get a lot of the blame. Judge inherited QB Daniel Jones, and GM Dave Gettleman has not improved the offensive line. The front office will probably look different next season, which could mean the GM might want his own coach.
The offseason should be interesting for New York, but more than likely, Judge will probably get a third season to turn this franchise around.
New York will end their season at home next week against 6-10 Washington:
Watch below as Judge talks loss to Bears, and team:
The New York Giants have shut down quarterback Daniel Jones for the rest of the season after placing the quarterback on IR due to a neck injury.
Jones finished the season completing 232 of 361 passes (a career-high 64.3%) for 2,428 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions for a passer rating of 84.8. Jones also rushed for 298 yards and two touchdowns.
The third-year quarterback was decent this season, and at this point, New York has to decide about Jones’ future going forward. New York will have to determine if they will pick up his fifth-year option after the draft, which would guarantee him $21.3 million.
According to Giants head coach Joe Judge, Jones has done enough, but the front office has to decide what’s best in terms of the contract.
“Yeah, I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us that he’s a guy we want to go ahead and play with,” Judge said earlier this week. “In terms of the business aspect of it and different things, I’ll let different departments of this organization handle that stuff. I’ll coach the players.”
New York will lose 10 or more games for the fifth straight season, and Jones knows next season the Giants have to be better.
“Well, I think as we go forward and into next year, we’ve all got to do a better job,” Jones said. “Like I said, we didn’t win enough games… I’ve spoken to Joe, and we’ve had conversations about that, but like I said, I think there’s things that I need to improve on. There’s things he expects me to improve on going forward. I understand that and obviously take that very seriously. That’s kind of my approach.”
Injuries have been an issue for Jones. Plus, when healthy, his play has been up and down. In addition, the front office will probably look a little different next season as it is expected that Senior VP and GM Dave Gettleman will likely be replaced, so a new GM could mean a new direction at the quarterback position, which could make this situation very interesting.
If you pick up the fifth-year option, you guarantee Jones’s contract for the next two seasons, and that’s a gamble. Jones is 12-25 as a starter and has thrown 45 touchdowns with 29 interceptions and 20 lost fumbles, so that’s a lot of turnovers.
In fairness to Jones, New York has never fixed their offensive line issues, and they have struggled with injuries on the offensive side of the ball this season, so it’s not all his fault.
It might be in New York’s best interest not to pick up the fifth-year option and let Jones play out the rest of the contract and see where he stands after next season.
For the fifth straight season, the New York Giants(4-10) have lost 10 or more games as they fell to the Dallas Cowboys 21-6 at MetLife Stadium Sunday.
With the loss, the Giants have lost three straight and four out of their last five.
The Cowboys(10-4) forced four turnovers, which led to 15 points.
“You’re not going to win a lot of games in this league with four turnovers,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said after the game. “That’s obviously something we preach and work on consistently. We’ve got to make sure that we eliminate the turnovers. Too many penalties today. Obviously, a lot of things we have to improve on as a team. The focus and the goal is the same as it always is; make adjustments now, come back in and be a better team than we were today to have success this week.”
Giants QB Mike Glennon was not very good Sunday. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 99 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. Ultimately, he would get pulled in the fourth quarter.
Judge explained why he pulled Glennon and went with Jake Fromm.
“We got to a point in the game where I wanted to see what Jake(Fromm) could do, point blank,” Judge said. “We weren’t doing enough moving the ball otherwise, so I wanted to make sure I had the chance to see Jake, and that will obviously open up a conversation about what we’re going to do this week. We’ll talk about it as a staff, and we’ll make the best decision for the team.”
Fromm, who made his NFL debut Sunday, gave New York a spark, and if Jones is still out, the New York should probably go with Fromm.
The Giants got more bad news on the injury front as they lost wideout Sterling Shepard to a torn Achilles late in the fourth. Saquon Barkley, who finished with 50 yards rushing Sunday but lost a fumble, discussed Shepard’s injury.
“It’s definitely tough,” Barkley said. “He’s a spark to this team; he’s a leader of this team. Just the energy that he brings every single day on the field and off the field. Anytime you see a guy go down, it’s a sad thing. One thing I know about Shep, he’s a fighter, so it’s a setback, but I know he’s going to attack this rehab.”
Next week, New York heads to Philadelphia to battle the Eagles.
Last season, in Week 17, the New York Giants needed the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the Washington Football Team to win the NFC East, and after three quarters, the Eagles trailed 17-14.
However, early in the fourth quarter, then Eagles head coach Doug Pederson replaced quarterback Jalen Hurts with Nate Sudfeld, who was awful, and ultimately, Washington would defeat Philadelphia 20-14 to win the NFC East.
The following day, Giants head coach Joe Judge was livid and ripped the Eagles for what transpired in that game.
“There’s a number of sacrifices that have been made by all the players and coaches in this league,” Judge said back in January. “There’s a number of sacrifices that come along as well for the family members of the people connected to them. To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success for the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything you can to help those players win. We will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants.”
Philadelphia(5-6), who have won three of their last four games, will travel to MetLife Stadium to battle the Giants(3-7) on Sunday for the first time since last season. New York(3-7) has lost two of its last three.
On Friday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, who was not here last season, spoke about the situation from last year.
“That’s a good question, but that’s something I can’t speak on since I wasn’t here for it,” Sirianni said. “I wasn’t in the building for it. It’s a big rivalry that we are all blessed to be a part of. I am just honored that I can be a part of this rivalry. And it’s a rare thing in the NFL – I don’t want to say a rare thing, but it’s pretty cool to have the rivalries that we have in this division, so I am just honored to be a part of it.”
In reality, after Pederson’s firing, this whole issue is kind of nonexistent. Plus, the Giants are not very good this season and just fired their offensive coordinator, so they have more significant issues to worry about.
On Monday night in Kansas City(4-4), the New York Giants(2-6) battled hard and almost defeated the Chiefs, but they fell just short and would lose to Kansas City(4-4) 20-17.
The Giants are 0-6 under Joe Judge, and Daniel Jones is 0-8 in primetime. The Giants have one more scheduled night game on Monday, November 22, at Tampa Bay.
After trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, New York would have an eight-play, 57-yard drive, which Evan Engram finished off with a five-yard touchdown reception to take a 17-14 lead. Kansas City would tie the game with a field goal midway through the fourth.
Late in the fourth, the New York Giants appeared to have gotten a big turnover when corner Darnay Holmes intercepted Patrick Mahomes, but unfortunately for the Giants, LB Oshane Ximines jumped offsides. Kansas City would finish off the drive with a Harrison Butker 34-yard game-winning field goal.
“You just can’t have penalties like that. Point blank,” Judge said. “Or any penalties we had. That comes down to how we execute on the field and make sure we coach it better, so that doesn’t happen again. We have to do a better job all the way around. There were some situations that came up throughout the game that we have to make sure to eliminate to give ourselves a better chance of success.”
Ximines added: “I’m not making no excuses or anything, but I thought they had some movement on the offensive side of the ball, but my opinion doesn’t matter. It’s what the ref sees. I was offsides; I’m accountable for that. It’s never acceptable to do that. And it goes against everything we’re building as a team. We’re a team that doesn’t like to make mistakes. That’s something we really harp on. I’m looking to make up for that.””
The Giants had 10 penalties against the Chiefs, which marked their second-highest total of the season.
Unfortunately, the Giants did what many bad teams do, find ways to lose. This was a very winnable game for New York, but the Giants could not win a second straight game.
The Giants host the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday in the final game before their bye.