As the famous holiday song goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone is in the holiday spirit with Hanukkah and Christmas having just passed, but that will be short-lived for those in the NFL.
Just a week after Christmas has concluded, the dark clouds will begin to approach and then, as the new year is ushered in, many officials across the NFL will likely be ushered out. That is, of course, because Black Monday is right around the corner and as the name indicates, it’s one of the most difficult days on the league calendar.
Here is a quick look at five general managers and head coaches who could be given a pink slip on Black Monday.
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has become somewhat of a punching bag among the online community. On Thursday, he did something that earned him plenty of ridicule online, though he had a good explanation for it.
Gettleman was at home for the NFL Draft and his home setup was shown on TV by ESPN. As he was shown on TV, Gettleman put on a mask, which looked bizarre since he was sitting by himself.
Many instantly wondered why Gettleman would be wearing a mask indoors and seemingly alone.
If you mocked Gettleman for his precaution, get ready to feel like a jerk.
Gettleman told reporters that he was wearing the mask because an IT worker was also in the room with him. The Giants general manager is trying to be extra careful because he is a cancer survivor who has undergone chemotherapy.
Is New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman fooling the media? One of his former assistants sure thinks so.
Gettleman was recently photographed working from his home office ahead of the NFL Draft, and many found the blandness and sterility of his workspace hilarious and odd.
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, who spent two years as Gettleman’s assistant GM in Carolina, thinks the Giants GM is fooling everyone.
“Can’t trust him. Dave’s smart, man. He’s throwing all the curve balls out there,” Beane told “Pardon My Take,” via Dan Benton of GiantsWire. “He’s actually pretty tech savvy. Don’t let him fool you in all seriousness.”
Is Gettleman playing three-dimensional chess with everyone? Well, maybe, or maybe not. Beane seems convinced, though he may be a biased observer here. Whatever the case, Gettleman definitely has his share of critics, so if he wants to come off looking inept, he’s succeeding with some people.
The New York Giants collapsed on Monday night in the type of performance that can cost a head coach his job, and the team could be planning to clean house at the conclusion of the season.
After the Giants jumped out to a 17-3 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles only to lose in overtime, the seat underneath head coach Pat Shurmur is as hot as it has been all year. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, there is a feeling around the NFL that both Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman could be fired.
Shurmur is in only his second season as the head coach of the Giants, but he has a worse winning percentage than former coach Ben McAdoo had when the team parted ways with him during his second year on the job. While New York’s brass has reportedly been pleased with the way Shurmur has developed rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, they expected more than seven victories in 29 games.
Gettleman has been on the job the same amount of time as Shurmur, but general managers are typically given more time to make their mark on an organization than head coaches. Gettleman is largely responsible for drafting Saquon Barkley and Jones, which should work to his advantage. However, he probably is not feeling that great about his job security given the recent comments Giants owner John Mara made.
Turnover is never easy for an NFL team, and the Giants have had plenty of it in recent years. If they decide to stick with Shurmur and/or Gettleman, stability will be their primary motivation.
It’s been a very disappointing season for the New York Giants, and the seat is getting hot for both coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman.
If that wasn’t clear already, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch made it pretty obvious on Tuesday. When asked by WNBC’s Bruce Beck if he still had confidence in Shurmur and Gettleman, Tisch passed on the question, stating that he would sit down with co-owner John Mara after the season and discuss their futures.
In other words, that’s the opposite of a ringing vote of confidence. Shurmur is now 7-21 in two seasons as the team’s coach, which coincides with Gettleman’s tenure as GM. General managers tend to get more time, especially since Gettleman invested in young quarterback Daniel Jones, but Shurmur’s days definitely seem numbered. There’s even speculation on who might succeed him. Tisch knows what people will make of his words — the easy thing to do would have been to say yes. Instead, he turned the heat up on his staff as the 2-10 team limps toward the finish line.
It’s fair to say that Landon Collins is not a fan of New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman.
The safety, who left the Giants for the Washington Redskins this past offseason, said that if he caught a glimpse of Gettleman on the New York sideline while playing them, he’d try to get an excuse to swoop in and knock him off his feet.
“I would try to tell one of my defensive back coaches to throw the ball in that direction and give a nice little thud, a little run-over, a quick little ‘uhh,’ something like that,” Collins said. “I’m going to make it real subtle, you know? I don’t think he’s got the skill level to stay on his feet.”
Collins seems to be joking here, but it’s not exactly a great look either way. The veteran safety didn’t seem to get a competitive offer to stay in New York, and ultimately opted to join a division rival in Washington. Collins has publicly called Gettleman a liar over matters that didn’t even have anything to do with him. It’s quite obvious there’s no love lost here, and with Collins poised to face the Giants twice a season, those could be some serious revenge games.
The New York Giants made a decision to move on from Odell Beckham Jr when they traded him back in March, and general manager Dave Gettleman wants to media to allow them to follow through with that.
Beckham has spoken about his time with the Giants on numerous occasions this offseason, which has naturally led to people in New York being asked about it. During his media availability on Friday, Gettleman tried to put a stop to that when a reporter brought up the recent comments Beckham made in a GQ interview.
“How I would respond is Odell plays for the Cleveland Browns now, and we’re moving on,” Gettleman said. “We wish him the best. It’s over.”
When the follow-up also pertained to Beckham, Gettleman simply said, “no more Odell questions.”
Gettleman has brought some of this on himself by subtly calling out Beckham for creating problems in New York, but you can’t blame him for wanting to move forward. Beckham was critical of the Giants in his GQ interview for the way they handled the trade, and even Eli Manning could not resist when given an opportunity to respond. However, Gettleman needs to help his team prepare for 2019, and Beckham is no longer part of the team.
Dave Gettleman tried to justify the New York Giants using the sixth overall pick on Daniel Jones, when they also had pick No. 17, by saying that at least two other teams would have taken Jones if he were available before the Giants picked again. Washington, at pick No. 15, was reportedly one of those teams. By process of elimination, if such teams existed (a dubious proposition), it would have had to have been either Miami or Denver, since pretty much no one else was in the market for a quarterback that early.
Appearing on NFL Total Access Tuesday night, Washington team president Bruce Allen shot down that line of thinking.
“We picked the player we wanted to pick,” Allen said. “I’m almost positive Dave has no clue what our draft board would be. I don’t know which draft boards he knows, but he doesn’t know ours.”
Washington, of course, selected Dwayne Haskins with their pick, and Allen confirmed that they had explored moving up for Haskins but ultimately thought he would make it to them as the draft unfolded.
Washington and New York have been longtime rivals, and now the two will be intertwined over their choices at quarterback. It’s the first time both have selected a quarterback in the first round of the same draft since 1959, when, as I am sure you remember, Don Allard and Lee Grosscup were the choices and started a combined four games in the NFL.
The New York Giants’ decision to select Daniel Jones sixth overall in the NFL Draft seems to have come together quickly, at least by the standards of the NFL offseason.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman admitted Monday night that he didn’t even see Jones play in person until the Senior Bowl, where the Duke quarterback claimed the title of game MVP.
That probably won’t win a lot of people over. There’s plenty of skepticism about Jones in New York, and maybe Gettleman correctly sees something that a lot of people are missing, but this makes it look a lot like something that came together quickly — arguably too quickly.
It’s becoming quite clear that a fair few New York Giants fans really, really don’t like general manager Dave Gettleman.
Gettleman made the controversial decision to select quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. It came as a surprise to some and sparked anger in others, including some Giants fans who decided to make some edits to Gettleman’s Wikipedia page.
Amazingly, this is the second time in the last month and a half that Giants fans have vandalized Gettleman’s page. It was a bit more harsh the last time, whereas the most recent editor seems downright devoid of hope at this point. The draft pick could still prove to be a good one, but the initial reviews appear to be pretty terrible.