Sunday morning became a wild and crazy day for football news with Lincoln Riley to USC and Billy Napier to Florida; but the day started with a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman would be out after the season.
Gettleman’s firing—whether it happens in-season or after the season—would be the first opening of its kind this off-season. It will not be the last, despite a recent trend in which general managers are given multiple hiring cycles and multiple attempts at identifying a quarterback before they are fired.
The turnaround of Jason Licht in Tampa Bay after seven years of struggles has more owners thinking that patience with the man in charge of selecting the players is a better strategy than a quick trigger. And that makes sense. A general manager is hired to build a culture and execute a vision for the roster. That includes evaluating the players already on-roster, trades, free agency and the NFL draft. To throw that philosophy away after a few seasons of work instead of allowing it to play out can be dangerous.
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But, as we’re seeing in New York, there will be teams that move on from their general manager and look to hire a replacement.
Today, instead of posting a generalized article that covers all openings, we’re taking a deeper dive and looking specifically at the Giants’ opening and candidates who could and should be considered.