Dave Gettleman Admits He Messed Up Trying To Rebuild And Win At The Same Time

Dave Gettleman is still the general manager of the Giants but he’s opening up about the mistakes he’s made during his two years in New York. 

Upon getting the job, Gettleman believed the Giants roster needed improvement but was capable of winning and Eli Manning was still capable of playing at an elite level.

“This is where I’m culpable, OK?” Gettleman said on The Michael Kay Show. “I came into it, and I thought that we could do both at the same time. And I was wrong . . . I made a miscalculation. I’m being very upfront about it. I thought we could do both at the same time. And it didn’t work out that way.”

Gettleman hired Pat Shurmur, kept Eli around, signed left tackle Nate Solder to a record contract, selected running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick, traded for lineback Alec Ogletree, and gave Odell Beckham Jr. a record contract extension.

All of it backfired as the Giants went 5-11 in 2018. Eli struggled, Solder didn’t live up to his contract, Ogletree had more downs than ups, and Beckham was traded in the offseason. Saquon Barkley won offensive rookie of the year but his play did not rejuvenate Eli’s career.

After a 4-12 season in 2019, Shurmur is now gone and Gettleman is looking for another coach.

If there’s one positive that has come out during Gettleman’s tenure, it’s quarterback Daniel Jones, who appears to be the real deal.

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