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Giants: Assessing Gettleman’s Time As GM

With a few seasons under his belt as Giants GM, Dave Gettleman has no postseason appearances, but his offseason moves give him an extra life.

Prior to the 2017 offseason, the New York Giants hired Dave Gettleman as their general manager to replace Jerry Reese. Gettleman came to the Giants and wasted no time gutting the roster that was given to him. He traded some big names away, the most prominent being Odell Beckham Jr. At the time, the trade was a question mark, but it’s safe to say that it has worked out in the Giants’ favor due to the high level of play from Jabrill Peppers and Dexter Lawrence.

That is an example of a move that has worked out for Gettleman. Now let’s take a look at some of his moves that have failed and some moves that are keeping his job.

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Gettleman’s Failed Moves

The worst move of Gettleman’s career has to be him handing Nate Solder a 4 year, $62 million dollar deal to play left tackle for the Giants. Granted, at the time the Giants desperately needed help for the offensive line, and Solder played well with the Patriots during his tenure there. However, he has not lived up to be what the Giants need, so much to the point that the team drafted Andrew Thomas this past draft to play the same position as Solder. With young and cheaper options at right tackle as well, it can be assumed that Solder will no longer be a Giant come the 2021 season.

Another miserable fail by Gettleman is the decision to trade into the first round and take cornerback Deandre Baker. Baker only lasted one year in Giants blue before getting involved in some off of the field trouble with law enforcement. Prior to this development, Baker had not performed as well as they would hope during the 2019 season. He looked lost at the beginning of the year, but he did start to elevate his play towards the end of the year. There were high hopes for him to be the number two corner for the 2020 season, but that went right out of the window. Even though he is back in the NFL after being proven innocent, he is no longer a member of the Giants and can be considered a huge bust for the organization.

Moves That Have Kept His Job

The offseason prior to the 2020 season was a slam dunk for Gettleman and the Giants. In all honesty, it’s what’s extending his job for one more year. His three most notable signings have turned into arguably the three most important defenders for the Giants. James Bradberry turned in a Pro Bowl season and made a case for being one of the top corners in the league. Blake Martinez continued his solid production from the middle linebacker position and could have easily been named a Pro Bowler himself. Lastly, Logan Ryan played free safety for the first time in his career and turned in a great season, and perhaps, more importantly, be brought a huge veteran presence to the relatively young Giants defense.

Another defensive move that was heavily criticized last season but has since worked out was trading for Leonard Williams. The Giants had to give up draft picks for a guy that was going to be a free agent, but trading for him gave them the chance to sign him first. Williams stepped up and played very well for the team in 2020, and seems to be deserving of a multi-year deal with the Giants.

This defense will only improve on their fantastic play as they have their 2020 free-agent additions as well their young guys locked up on the defensive side of the ball.

Biggest Question Mark Move

This last move is still very much in the air. It is the move that will either make or break his job for the Giants after the 2021 season, and that’s taking Daniel Jones 6th overall in the 2019 draft. At the time, many were confused as to why Jones was selected this high, especially when there was thought that he would be available when the Giants were on the clock again later in the first round.

So far, Jones hasn’t been bad, but he hasn’t been good either. He has shown flashes of talent with tight-window throws, an accurate deep ball, and his ability to run. But, he has struggled mightily to take care of the ball. It’s worth noting that Jones has had to deal with his weapons being hurt quite often, most significantly Saquon Barkley. The 2021 season will hopefully give Jones the chance to mature and thrive with his key weapons healthy.

It’s no secret that Gettleman needs to focus on the offense this offseason. The wide receiver position must be upgraded, and the team needs consistency at tight end and the offensive line. If Gettleman can’t deliver a playoff team in 2021, then he very well may be out of New York.

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