In April, embattled Giants general manager Dave Gettleman did one of the most selfless things we’ve seen of a ropes football executive: He traded (for the first time in his career as a decision maker) for a pick that it may not even do so in 2022 if the team decides to move in another direction, which, based on the Giants’ uneven track record of late, is not impossible.
General managers do crazy things when they feel uncertainty coming. They write the quarterbacks for the project. They trade for unique talents they hope will reverse their fortunes. All the nonsense they throw about pragmatism floats down the drain in the name of self-preservation, which is why Gettleman, sensing that thirst in another similarly troubled GM at Ryan Pace, allowed him to sell the farm to Justin Fields and reap the long haul. -term benefits. He remained calm.
This may be a tough question for Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, but if they’re hell-bent on retaining their entire coaching staff after their club was contested by the 38-11 Rams on Sunday, they should ask him. Gettleman to do something selfless again before the trade deadline. This is a team that undoubtedly has injury issues beyond their control that could mislead them into believing that life should be different. On Sunday, with Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay gone, the team saw budding star left tackle Andrew Thomas and first-round pick Kadarius Toney injured in the first series.
But this is also a team adrift from a cultural point of view. If Joe Judge’s promise were real, the Giants would not lose consecutive games by 24 and 27 points, respectively. Judge built his platform on courage and determination. He earned the favor a year ago because he played closer teams than he probably should have. At halftime against the Rams on Sunday, he inferred that spots on the player list weren’t guaranteed. It should be subject to that reality. If you can really conjure up the team’s toughness from the dust, see if you can when some of your best players are dealt.
If Jason Garrett’s promise were real, this team would be relevant in any statistical category that doesn’t revolve around the individual enhancements of Daniel Jones, who, along with Thomas, are the only bright spots amid this sad 1-5 season. . Garrett gained favor as an offensive play qualifier more than a decade ago, when he could hide any inefficiencies behind a generational offensive line and throw the ball down the throats of defenses.
While selling the rest of the team for parts would largely be an admission of guilt on the part of Gettleman and the Giants scouting staff and a vote of confidence in Judge, it is clear that they will not use the talent they have now and it is possible. they don’t get any. come back for them in the future. If Barkley is cleared to play before the November 2 trade deadline, they should get what they can, which may still amount to more than a compensatory pick. Evan Engram is also ending his rookie contract, and should be considered a player on the block now that Zach Ertz has been traded, leaving the tight ends market wide open. There were several teams interested in Ertz prior to the season, some of which could theoretically still be looking for a secondary weapon.
Barkley, of course, would be the last indictment. The Giants chose Barkley over Sam Darnold, Denzel Ward, Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, Josh Allen, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Vita Vea, Lamar Jackson and Mike McGlinchey, all of whom would be better off having on the roster than a running back who can’t. . unlock within the confines of your offense anyway. Gettleman became a symbol of football’s old-fashioned decision-making, when in reality, he may simply have suffered from a public speaking perspective. The importance of the running game has been articulate and understood better in recent years. There’s a reason the Browns made a mistake hiring Bill Callahan as their offensive line coach. There’s a reason offensive line coaches are winning coordinator titles.
When you can’t run despite all your best efforts to do so (making an offensive lineman the highest paid in the NFL, using a second-round pick, a No. 4 overall pick), there’s a point where you can still take advantage. ripcord and there’s a point where he can still come out with a reputation as a general manager that wasn’t too stuck in his ways.
The latter of which seems to best suit Gettleman. He bet heavily on big, powerful players at a time when NFL defenses were vulnerable and undersized. But the failures of the coaching staff alongside him made any potential advantage unattainable. If Tisch and Mara are not interested in making changes there, They should at least recognize the opportunity to provide a better future for whoever makes the decisions.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.