Dave Gettleman just finished his second season as general manager of the New York Giants. Unlike head coach Pat Shurmur, who was fired Monday morning, Gettleman will return for the 2020 season.
He joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on the first day of their show in the new afternoon drive (2-6pm) time slot to discuss the Giants' 2019 season, rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, the firing of head coach Pat Shurmur, etc.
Roberts started off the interview with a very simple and direct question: "Did you think at any point in the last few days, week, months that you were going to lose your job as the general manager of the New York Giants?"
"Of course," Gettleman said. "Just the other day [he knew he was safe>. This is a bottom line business and it's about winning. We haven't won enough. And I'd been a part of it... how would I grade myself. Not good enough. We all have high standards. We all expect to be the best. That's what we shoot for. I, obviously, haven't met that standard and I'm dissapointed."
As for the next head coach, according to Gettleman, he along with owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, as well as vice president of football operations Kevin Abrams, will make that decision. Gettleman also put a bow on the Shurmur era in New York.
"Pat is as fine and kind a man as I've ever worked with. We didn't win enough. I'm not going to say anything negative about anybody."
Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, the team's sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had a promising rookie season in New York. Gettleman recalls watching him at the Senior Bowl and knowing he could be a professional quarterback at the next level.
"We're very excited about it. He's a terrific young man, very talented. It takes a special type of person to flourish in this market. Eli set the standard, let's be honest. We all knew we needed a quarterback. Eli's time was coming to an end and everyone in the free world knew that it was really important to us to not just have the physical skills but also the mental skills to negotiate metropolitan New York."
"We feel very comfortable saying he has those skills physically. He has the ability to do everything ... he's a much better athlete than people realize. He led us to a come-from-behind win. He led us to a win in overtime. He can make all the throws. He did some really impressive stuff."
The Giants were 9-23 in two seasons with Shurmur at the helm. Gettleman described the attributes he believes the next head coach must possess to be successful.
"I really believe the head coach position is a CEO position. He's gotta be CEO smart, intelligent, focused and a leader. One of the things that makes football unique is the number of people involved to get something right... we've got a fully complete plate. It's not about who gets it right first, it's about getting it right."
Roberts even threw out the hypothetical of whether Gettleman might be willing to step down a little to allow the next head coach to have more control in football decisions, if the opportunity for that presented itself.
"I'm gonna do whatever it takes to help the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl. Anything it takes. I learned a long time ago is as men we're about control and credit. Let's be a team and win the prize."
Benigno offered to buy Gettleman dinner for trading for defensive end Leonard Williams, who had an up and down tenure during his five seasons with the Jets before being traded to the Giants back in October.
"We made the trade. We are trying to improve our front. We felt he fit. Versatile player, still young, healthy and of course we are going to try and sign him. He told me he wants to be here."
Click the audio player above to hear Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts with Giants general manager Dave Gettleman.