'Boomer And Gio': Giants' Dave Gettleman Is 'Totally Out Of Touch'

Pat Shurmur Has Been Fired, But The GM Kept His Job

Boomer and Gio
January 02, 2020 - 9:02 am

Pat Shurmur is gone, but David Gettleman remains as the general manager of the Giants.

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Gettleman kept his job despite facing quite a bit of criticism for some of the decisions he has made in his two years on the job. It’s up to Gettleman now to help the team find a new head coach, and to continue leading the rebuild.

On Thursday, Gregg Giannotti and Jerry Recco (who was filling in for the oversleeping Boomer Esiason) discussed Gettleman on the “Boomer and Gio” on WFAN. Giannotti pointed out that parts of Gettleman’s rebuild aren’t going poorly, but the GM still seems like he’s “out of touch.”

“Of course, there has been some horrendous free agent signings, especially in his first offseason,” said Giannotti. “But the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, that’s been a disaster for the Browns. I thought there was some stuff there where I said ‘okay he’s rebuilding and it doesn’t look that bad.’ But then, when he’s behind the podium … This guy is totally out of touch!”

Gettleman gave a press conference on Tuesday where he spoke about his desire to increase the Giants’ use of analytics, which has been a big criticism of Gettleman’s time in charge.

According to Gettleman, the Giants have hired four “computer folks” and have recently met with a “big analytics guy.”

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is seen before a game against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 23, 2018, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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Analytics or not, Giannotti also believes that Gettleman would have brought Shurmur back had the Giants beaten the Eagles in their last game of the season.

“You did say ‘if they had won the game against the Eagles that he would have stayed.’ I actually believe that too, because that game meant so much to Philadelphia … and then you’d be talking about a winning streak for the Giants to end the year … And if Daniel Jones plays well again, then you’ve got something to build off of there.”

Recco applauded Gettleman for at least trying to change his ways.

“I think you see an aging man, in a young man’s game, trying to figure it out and trying to change on the fly. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I thought he was humble the other day.”

Click the audio player above to listen to this full segment from the "Boomer and Gio" show.

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