Dave Gettleman replaces Jerry Reese as the new general manager of the New York Giants, the team announced on Thursday.
The statement from Giants chairman Steve Tisch and president John Mara emphasized the organization’s need for an experienced GM. They went on to say that Gettleman is “unparalleled” as far as the experience and track record they were looking for.
“He did an outstanding job as general manager in Carolina, and he was vital to our success during his tenure here,” the statement read. “Dave is going to bring his own approach to our organization in how we draft and acquire players through free agency.”
The 66-year-old was part of three Super Bowl winners like the Denver Broncos in 1997 and twice with the Giants in 2007 and 2011. Prior to taking the job of general manager for the Giants, he was also the GM for the Carolina Panthers from 2013-2016. During his tenure there, he won consecutive NFC South titles for three seasons and finished with 40-23-1. He was the NFL Executive of the Year in 2015 when he was responsible for the Panthers’ 15-1 finish.
Reportedly, three other people interviewed for the position before Tisch, Mara and Ernie Accorsi, who was tapped to help in choosing the GM, settled on Gettleman. The Giants’ website identified the three men as Louis Riddick, now analyst for ESPN; Marc Ross, the VP of player evaluation for the Giants; and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams.
Reese was fired after 11 seasons as the Giants struggled this season winning only two games in 15 matches. He won a Super Bowl in 2007 with the Giants and another one in 2011. But he was criticized for failing to build a strong team. There was also the bad PR move that ended the consecutive start for quarterback Eli Manning but still failed to secure some wins.