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Giants hire GM Gettleman, head coach Shurmur in wake of disaster ’17 season

The New York Giants hired Dave Gettleman as their new general manager on Dec. 28. Gettleman is an experienced general manager that served the Carolina Panthers, successfully accumulating a record of 40-23-1 the year they went to the Super Bowl.

One of the key strengths of Gettleman is his ability to evaluate talent and find veterans that can contribute to a game. He discovered undrafted free agents like cornerback Josh Norman and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, both premier talents at their positions.

Gettleman also signed cheap veterans that regained their star form for the Panthers, such as wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and defensive end Julius Peppers, who were heavy contributors to the team. Perhaps the strongest attribute for the new general manager was his previous history with the team as an assistant manager and personnel director.

The Giants love hiring from within and Gettleman fit the bill. He worked under legendary Giants manager Ernie Accorsi, and his familiarity with ownership and the organizational philosophy of the Giants made him a no-brainer for the position.

The only factor fans really worry about with this hiring is Gettleman’s notorious stinginess with contracts and extensions. In 2016, as general manger of the Panthers, he let go of superstar cornerback Josh Norman after a tumultuous negotiation with Norman’s agent, leading to that agent’s firing.

But even after Norman fired his agent and tried to accept Gettleman’s previous offer, he was sent away. Gettleman was furious with the way things were handled and let the best corner in the league leave because of stubbornness and spite.

Players around the league have a certain love-hate relationship with Gettleman as a manager. Some players praise his attitude and leadership, while others have negative feelings about his negotiation practices and overall stubbornness.

The most pressing concern with this is star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who is due for an extension soon and has already expressed his expectation to become the highest-paid player in the NFL. The problem is that Gettleman is known for negotiating and is not looking to make anyone the highest-paid player.

Gettleman’s first big hire and perhaps his most important was head coach Pat Shurmur. The former offensive coordinator for the Vikings is now the head coach of the Giants, in a move that at first seemed out of nowhere, but upon further review is clearly a great hiring. Shurmur is cut from the same cloth as Gettleman in that they both have the same philosophy. They have a strong no-nonsense approach to football and team management, and that is exactly what the Giants need now more then ever.

The Giants’ worst issues this year were on offense, and they just hired the coach that turned journeyman Case Keenum into a playoff-caliber quarterback. Beckham expressed his positivity on the hire, saying that he is “inspired” by this addition and that he cannot wait to meet Shurmer.

Hopefully, the Giants are heading in the right direction after what was without a doubt the worst season in the team’s history.

February 5, 2018

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