Gettleman On Criticism Of Jones Pick: ‘In 3 Years, We’ll Find Out How Crazy I Am’

Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
April 29, 2019 - 3:07 pm
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By WFAN.com

Dave Gettleman isn’t regretting the decision to trust his gut and draft quarterback Daniel Jones at sixth overall.

"In three years, we'll find out how crazy I am," Gettleman told NBC's Peter King.

Gettleman wasn’t willing to risk the possibility of Jones falling to another franchise had he drafted another player in the sixth spot.

“I agonized over that,” Gettleman said. “I agonized. Before the draft, we discussed that thoroughly as a group—first last Friday, then again Wednesday. Obviously, we had great regard for Josh Allen. But the one thing I have learned is you don’t fool around with a quarterback. If he’s your guy, you take him. If you put 32 general managers in a room and gave ‘em sodium pentathol, every single one of them would tell you a story of how they got cute in a draft and it cost them a player they wanted. So, you don’t get cute there. You don’t get cute with a quarterback.”

Gettleman’s selection has divided opinion among Big Blue diehards. Though many have criticized the pick, one fan at his Gettleman’s local bagel shop gave him a thumbs up.

“I was at my bagel shop this morning,” Gettleman said. “Guy said to me, ‘Dave, great pick.’”

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King stated during Monday’s appearance on CMB that he would have selected Kentucky defensive end Josh Allen over Jones had he been in Gettleman’s shoes.

“In my opinion, I would have taken my chances on taking the pass rusher at no. 6,” King said. “Then obviously, trying to get my quarterback after that. If it cost me my quarterback, well, this is one of those sciences that is totally inexact. I’m probably like the rest of everybody who analyzes this, I don’t see how in this particular case, at this time and place that you can be positive about Daniel Jones.”

In 11 games for the Blue Devils in 2018, Jones completed 60.5% of his passes while amassing 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In his three seasons starting for Duke, the 6-foot-5 quarterback passed for at least 2,670 yards while running for at least 315 yards and three touchdowns every year.

Gettleman pointed to his track record of being involved with organizations

“The bottom line is, I have confidence in what I do and who I am,” Gettleman said. “I’ve been a part of organizations that had pretty good quarterbacks — Jim Kelly, John Elway, Kerry Collins, Eli Manning, Cam Newton. I’ve led a charmed life with the quarterbacks on the teams I’ve worked for. I know what good ones look like. The other thing is, resumes matter. Every once in a while, I wish the people taking the shots would take a minute to look at my resume. I’ve been a part of teams that went to seven Super Bowls. I had a hand in some of them. But today, there’s no patience. And there’s no room for civil discourse in our society, which I find sad.”