The New York Giants announced Wednesday that they interviewed former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman for their GM vacancy.
This is the second candidate to be interviewed for the Giants’ GM job. Earlier in the week, New York met with current VP of player evaluation Marc Ross.
Reports have said for weeks that Gettleman could end up being the favorite for this job, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Gettleman previously worked for the Giants as their Pro Personnel Director and the Senior Pro Personnel Analyst before departing to become the Panthers GM in 2013. Rapoport points out that Giants owner John Mara and Steve Tisch typically hire candidates with ties to the organization, so Gettleman obviously checks that box.
Another positive for Gettleman is the fact that he’s friends with Ernie Accorsi, who is serving as the Giants’ consultant for the team’s GM search.
If the Giants do, in fact, settle on Gettleman, Panthers DC Steve Wilks could get a serious look for their head-coaching job because of his reputation and their history together.
The overall expectation is that the Giants will hire a GM first before turning their attention to finding their next head coach. Reports from earlier in the day mentioned that the Giants have already begun this process, so you can expect more names to surface in the coming days with interviews likely being set up in coming weeks.
Gettleman, 66, began his executive career with the Giants pro personnel director back in 1999. He eventually worked his way up to senior pro personnel analyst before departing to become the Panthers GM in 2013.Carolina surprisingly made the decision to fire Gettleman this summer, even though he did a pretty good job of not only getting them out of a terrible cap situation but so bringing some quality talent to build out their roster.
During his four years with the Panthers, the team posted a record of 40-23-1, which includes three playoff appearances and one trip to the Super Bowl.
We’ll have more regarding the Giants GM position as the news is available.