Loyalty got the veterans into this mess. He will have to move out of the family to replace Dave Gettleman – The Mercury News

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch broke two years of silence on Monday with a stern statement in the wake of GM Dave Gettleman’s sacking.

“John is an understatement to say [Mara] And I am disappointed by the lack of success we have had on the field,” Tisch said in a statement issued by the team. “We are united in our commitment to finding a general manager who will provide us with the on-field performance and the direction we need to achieve the results we all expect.”

A Giants press release tried to sell Gettleman’s departure as a retirement, but it’s essentially firing him for four years of misconduct with a 19-46 record and .292 win percentage.

Mara said in a statement that Gettleman’s replacement will be “an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and communication abilities, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, college scouting and coaching.”

But what the Giants should do above all is to hire a GM from outside the ‘family’ – someone with fresh ideas and a modern approach to creating a lasting winner.

It is time for a modern-day version of Wellington Mara’s whisper to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1979, in which he asks George Young to recommend George Young as a neutral party GM solution, because Wellington and his nephew Tim Mara are a- Will not accept other’s candidates.

This is exactly what happened more than 40 years ago, and now it is going to be something that is drastic.

This franchise isn’t just damaged. it’s broken.

The Giants’ record of 22–59 over the past five years is tied with the Jets for the worst record in the league. Coaching is not the reason. Poor ownership decisions have turned them into irrelevance, misguided by prioritizing loyalty over any desire to grow.

On December 4, 2017, Mara and Tish inadvertently fired coach Ben McAdoo and two-time Super Bowl winning GM Jerry Reese after benching Eli Manning, which Mara had cleared.

The Giants then interviewed four GM candidates, three from within the ‘family’ at the time: longtime Giants employee Gettleman, assistant GM Kevin Abrams and VP of player evaluation Mark Ross. Only former Eagles personnel executed Louis Riddick was an outsider.

Gettleman, predictably, was hired. Ownership wanted him to play it back with Manning. GM obliged, and it backfired in spectacular fashion, burying the franchise in notoriety.

Bad drafting, bad free agent signing, and bad contracts have accumulated over the years to sink the Giants into the NFC East basement. And the kicker was in January 2020, when the Giants fired coach Pat Shurmur but kept Gettleman out of the loyalty, under the veil of the franchise’s dark recent past that turned another head coach into Judge.

Now the only way out is to solicit new ideas from the outside – even though the building houses something like Tim McDonnell, Mara’s nephew and co-director of player personnel, who is respected and promises to continue to be some kind of voice.

That’s why the ouster of Abrams as a candidate to replace Gettleman, as one source reported Monday, was a necessary starting point for this search.

got the giants Right to the first round of interview requests, according to a source, for Joe Shoen (Bills), and reportedly also for Ryan Poles (Chiefs), Ryan Cowden (Titans) and Monty Ossenfort (Titans).

It’s surprising that the Giants were so prepared with a list of candidates when the team claimed that ownership learned of Gettleman’s intention to retire “within the past few days,” right?

Mara and Tish would also be wise to check out Will McClay (Cowboys), Ed Dodds (Colts) and Dave Ziegler (Patriots).

They need to move quickly and efficiently, as they are now competing with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, who fired GM Ryan Pace and Rick Spielman, respectively.

Giants also need to complete it on time as there is no off-season time to waste. The Senior Bowl and Combine are on the way. Their new front office needs to scrutinize and finalize the appraisals. They will have to redeploy their existing coaching staff or hire a new one.

Gettleman, at least, will not be involved in any other personnel process. He leaves with a legacy of ignorant and poor asset management, and a lack of ability to assess his team, let alone the players he added to it.

He used the 2018 No. 2 overall pick when Saxon Barkley was repeatedly injured, refusing to take the call on a potential deal. They traded bad seeds to draft deandre baker In the first round of 2019.

He sent Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland in 2019, despite the face of it cutting off the nose of the Giants organization. And he promised to fine-tune the offensive line, leaving the Giants after only four years with only one capable starter for five places in 2022.

His only remaining hope of somehow setting the Giants up for the future lies in Daniel Jones’ health and ability to take the next step in becoming the franchise quarterback. Gettleman selected Jones No. 6 overall in 2019 and was ridiculed for reaching.

The jury remains out, but Jones is sidelined due to a neck injury entering the fourth year of his rookie contract. And it is doubtful whether the Giants should opt for their fifth year for 2023 this spring.

Even Gettleman described his results as “disappointing” in a Monday statement. But true to form, the Giants again let the loyalty get the best of them on Sunday.

He had the outgoing GM’s family and friends on the edge of MetLife Stadium for pre-game photos, oblivious of what it meant compared to Reese’s cold midseason firing in 2017 with four games to play.

Hopefully, this wasn’t a sign that the Giants are continuing to disregard any objective barometer in their own right.