The Giants announced Monday that Dave Gettleman has retired as General Manager of the New York Giants. But, after a disappointing season finish which included some mind-boggling play calls (two QB sneaks from inside their own five-yard line) in Sunday’s game versus the Washington Football Team, Joe Judge remains the head coach.

Co-Owners John Mara and Steve Tisch spent the better part of Monday in the Giants facility setting in motion the GM search and having a long afternoon discussion with Coach Judge. The owners issued a joint statement on the GM situation. For now, it appears Joe Judge will keep his job…at least until the team finds its next GM. Gettleman addressed the team during its end-of-season final meeting. GM Dave was part of three Giants Super Bowl teams and was the GM for the Carolina Panthers during their 2015 Super Bowl season. His immediate legacy will be tied to Judge and be measured by how many players remain on the current roster from the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

The Giants began the GM search in earnest today, seeking permission from multiple playoff teams to interview rising personnel people that have contributed to those teams’ success. The list has a decided focus on young talent outside of the Giants immediate organization:

  • Joe Schoen, Assistant GM for Buffalo Bills, Age 42
  • Ryan Cowden, VP of Player Personnel for Tennessee Titans, Age 43
  • Monti Ossenfort, Director of Player Personnel for Tennessee Titans, Age 43
  • Ryan Poles, Executive Director of Player Personnel for Kansas City Chiefs, Age 36
  • Adrian Wilson, VP of Pro Personnel for Arizona Cardinals, Age 42
  • Adam Peters, Assistant GM for the San Francisco 49ers, Age 38
  • Ran Carthon, Director of Player Personnel for San Francisco 49ers, Age 40 (Son of former Giant RB/FB Maurice Carthon)

There could be other candidates, not currently affiliated with any team, that surface during the search. Scott Pioli has expressed interest in returning to an organization as a GM. He has had significant success in multiple team front offices. He is also Bill Parcells’ son-in-law. However, one perceived in-house GM candidate appears to have removed himself from consideration. Current Giants Assistant GM, Kevin Abrams, has asked the owners not to consider him for the promotion. There was a rumor that Judge wanted Abrams and stumped for him to the owners.  

In the meantime, the Giants fan base continues to blow up social media demanding that Judge be fired after limping through the final six games without QB1 Daniel Jones, losing all six games while scoring an average of just over nine points per game. The final straw was Judge’s WTF moment against WFT where he called QB sneaks on second and third down from the Giants’ own 2 and 4-yard lines in the second quarter. If that isn’t the ultimate indictment of your own offense’s ability to gain any yards…wow!

Whoever is offered the GM job will inherit 5 of the first 80 2022 draft picks including two top 10 picks. He will also inherit a salary cap-strapped budget with nearly no flexibility for the next two seasons. And, they inherit Joe Judge. If John Mara is to be taken at his word, the new GM will have the final say on the coaching staff. So, it appears any decision on Joe Judge’s future will wait until a new GM is in place.

Welcome to the Giants offseason. Welcome to another episode of “As the Giants Turn Things Over”.

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