Former GM: Gettleman Doesn't Care About Criticism

Criticize Dave Gettleman all you want; he doesn't listen to the outside noise

Tiki and Tierney
April 29, 2019 - 7:46 pm

Dave Gettleman may have a problem.

The Giants general manager has been roundly criticized for many of his personnel decisions – before, during, and after the 2019 NFL Draft – but picks aside, he doesn’t come off as the most likable guy. In fact, he comes off as gruff, unapologetic and, well, kind of condescending.

That type of personality, Brandon Tierney says, has a quick expiration in the NFL. What should we make of Gettleman almost two years into his gig with the Giants?

“I actually like Dave a lot,” former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said on Tiki & Tierney. “He’s really well-respected by his peers. I think sometimes you have to compartmentalize who your audience is. His audience is his locker room, and it’s the people in this building. Dave really is one of these old-school guys that just doesn’t really care about how he’s perceived or what people think of him. He works really hard, and he’s dedicated to his craft.”

Gettleman, 68, helped the Giants win two Super Bowls as an executive and was Carolina’s GM when the Panthers reached the Super Bowl after the 2015 season. Gettleman has, in short, accomplished a lot.

So excuse him if he doesn’t listen to the outside noise.

“If he comes off as gruff or unapologetic, that’s just who he is,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s being his authentic self. But I’m telling you: if you had a chance to have a beer with him, you would really enjoy him. I think his feeling – and I don’t want to put words in his mouth – is ‘Hey, just judge me by my record. We feel great about Daniel Jones.’ I’m sure what he’s thinking is, ‘If we’re in the playoffs in two years and he’s starting and we’re winning, no one’s really going to care if he went sixth or 17th.’”

Click below to listen to Tannenbaum’s interview in its entirety.