Simms "Not Sure" Gettleman Moving Giants In Right Direction

Dave Gettleman may get the last laugh, but his NFL Draft decisions were not well-received this past weekend

Zach Gelb
April 29, 2019 - 1:35 pm
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After selecting Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft – and not knowing which conference Dwayne Haskins played in – Giants general manager Dave Gettleman received criticism.

A lot of it.

Is Gettleman moving the Giants in the right direction?

“I got to be honest: I’m not sure yet,” Simms said on The Zach Gelb Show. “This is going to be a very interesting year for the Giants. If they get off to a bad start, there is going to be tremendous uproar, there’s no question.”

The Giants have missed the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons and are 8-24 over the last two years.

“I think it’s a big year for the team,” Simms said. “Do they have to go to the playoffs? No. But they got to at least be respectable – more respectable with their record, but also the way they play on Sundays. Be exciting, win your share of games, and draft picks play well enough for you where you go, ‘We can see the direction of the team and where it’s going.’ It’s a big year for a lot of people with the New York Giants.”

As for Jones specifically, many Giants fans weren’t happy with the pick. Simms can relate, as he was not greeted with open arms by Giants fans when he was drafted out of Morehead State in 1979.

“No matter who you are, there’s always going to be a group that doesn’t think you deserve that, and no matter how you play, there’s always going to be a group that says you’re not playing well enough,” Simms said, offering advice to Jones. “I think Daniel Jones got in this position for lots of reasons, and one of those is he can handle a little adversity. What’s great about football is once you go inside the building, it’s a whole other world. You forget what’s going on on the outside, what people are talking about.

“I think some of the criticism that I saw by certain people on TV was a little too harsh,” Simms continued. “(The Giants) probably knew he wasn’t the sixth guy on their board – of course he wasn’t – but they needed a quarterback. They weren’t going to take a chance that somebody else would take him before 17, and they like all the traits. Physically big, I think he’s very mobile, a good arm – not great, but good – and they liked the way he handles himself. I think they see a future quarterback that can handle just being a quarterback and taking all the criticism and adversity that you get in the NFL.”

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