The New York Giants hired a new general manager on Thursday.
The Giants announced that they decided to hire Dave Gettleman. He is a familiar face for the franchise. Gettleman worked in the Giants organization for 15 years.
Gettleman’s most recent position was general manager of the Carolina Panthers. He held that job from 2013 until he was relieved of his duties in July 2017. During that time he helped build a team that advanced to the Super Bowl in 2015 and has a chance at getting back there this season.
The Giants fired longtime general manager Jerry Reese in early December along with their coach, Ben McAdoo. Reese had held that job since 2007, and during his 11 years on the job the franchise won two Super Bowl championships.
Gettleman was first hired by the Giants as a scout in 1998. He worked his way up to senior pro personnel analyst by 2012.
As general manager of the Panthers, he drafted defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short in his first year. They have helped anchor a stout defense.
The Giants’ 2017 season was ravaged by injury, but they were 0-4 even before wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the season. Gettleman’s most important task early in New York will be to figure out what the franchise is going to do with quarterback Eli Manning.
Shortly before he was fired, McAdoo made the decision to give the other quarterbacks on the roster some time on the field. However, Manning has started every game since McAdoo was let go.