Gettleman Believes In Plan, Makes No Apologies For It

Dave Gettleman has made some seemingly head-scratching moves, but he believes he's building a winner with the Giants

August 08, 2019 - 8:45 am
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Dave Gettleman is entering his second season as Giants general manager, and for some fans, he’s already worn out his welcome. He traded Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon, let Landon Collins walk in free agency, and took Daniel Jones sixth overall in this year’s NFL Draft, among other head-scratchers.

But Gettleman has a plan, and he’s proud of it. In fact, Sports Illustrated NFL writer Jonathan Jones believes Gettleman is the most interesting GM in football.

“I think he is – and that’s not always a good thing, right” Jones said on Ferrall on the Bench. “But he was great. He’s not going to sit here and tell me his plan. He’s not going to tell you his plan. He believes in his plan, though. He believes Daniel Jones is the quarterback of the future, and they’re building around Saquon Barkley. While this is not on paper a better team without Odell Beckham Jr., he believes that overall this will make them a better team in the future. Agree or disagree, this guy is very, very confident in his plan, and he makes no apologies about it.

“I understand why a lot of people believe Dave Gettleman is absolutely wrong and this could end in flames,” Jones continued. “I do understand it. But this is a very extremely confident man.”

Jones didn’t exactly light it up at Duke. In 2018, he completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Can he really be an NFL franchise quarterback?

“I need to see some of it before I can buy into it,” Jones said. “But when Dave Gettleman says, ‘Hey, I have a resume, and it’s a pretty good resume,’ he’s right. He’s absolutely right. But a lot of people with great resumes get fired every year in the NFL, so that alone can’t be the reason why this is going to work. Guys get ushered out the door every December with great resumes.”

The Giants open the season on the road against the Cowboys on Sept. 8 before returning home for a Week 2 game against Buffalo on Sept. 15.

Click below to listen to Jones’ interview in its entirety.