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Big Blue is eyeing another change to shake the NY Giants from the slump they’ve been in since they won the Super Bowl in 2011.
The report claims, “General manager Dave Gettleman, who has run the team’s personnel department since 2018, is unlikely to return in 2022, sources with knowledge of the situation and those with deep knowledge of the league say.”
Rapoport also adds that the team could give their GM a chance to retire so they don’t have to fire him.
Though the team has continued to struggle, Gettleman’s efforts and drafting strategy in the last two offseasons have actually aligned with the general preferences of the fan base. Unfortunately, those moves have not paid off.
Before the 2020-21 season, Giants fans and reporters called on Gettleman to help shore up the offensive line to give prospective franchise quarterback Daniel Jones a chance to prove himself. So when free agent Nate Solder — brought on as a left tackle and ultimately moved to the right — proved to be an all-time flop, Gettleman selected Georgia’s Andrew Thomas with the No. 4 pick in 2020 to protect Jones. However, Jones has still been sacked 22 times this season.
Gettleman also signed the Detroit Lions’ No. 1 option Kenny Golladay during the latest free agency period to give the team another wideout option and drafted Kadarius Toney in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Golladay’s production this season is hardly present on the stat sheet, while Toney appears like the real deal when given opportunities.
But the greatest benchmark of Gettleman’s draft decisions is Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick selected over Eli Manning’s potential successor. Though still considered an elite running back, Barkley has struggled in his young career, both because of injury and a disastrous offensive line.
The Giants know that if they want to turn things around, they can’t be trepidatious about making structural changes anymore, which is why Gettleman’s seat has grown so warm. They fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett on Tuesday after a 30-10 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the team went on to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, improving Gettleman’s record as a Giants exec to 19-40 since 2018.
Kevin Abrams, VP of football operations for the G-Men, is being floated as the lead candidate to replace Gettleman if and when the two parties split.
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