The Giants looked like the worst team in the NFL on Sunday in Philadelphia, and it increasingly seems like rebuilding this franchise isn’t going to be a quick fix.
The real question, though, is: Who’s going to be doing the fixing?
With GM Dave Gettleman widely expected to be forced into “retirement” at the end of the season, no one is sure who is on John Mara’s shortlist to replace him. The widely held assumption is that he prefers to keep the job in-house and will promote assistant GM Kevin Abrams to be Gettleman’s successor. But there still is likely to be some sort of search.
It’s hard to predict who’ll be part of it, since the Giants have never really considered outside candidates before. Ernie Accorsi was George Young’s pre-ordained successor when he was promoted to GM in 1998. When Jerry Reese took over for Accorsi in 2007, only one outside candidate was interviewed. And the same was true when Gettlemen succeeded Reese at the end of 2017.
And even if they do look outside the Giants “family” those candidates will have to be OK with keeping Joe Judge, who is expected to return as head coach in 2022, as SNY reported back on Dec. 13. They may have to be OK with keeping quarterback Daniel Jones, too.
So who would be OK with that, and would make Mara comfortable? Here’s a look at some of the names mentioned most often as possible candidates for the Giants, based on interviews with multiple sources around the NFL:
He remains everybody’s odds-on favorite, and he’s more qualified than many give him credit for being. Hired by the Giants in 1999 to help manage the salary cap, the 50-year-old’s football portfolio has steadily increased over the years. In fact, he’s also been the VP of football operations since Gettleman arrived and was being groomed as his successor. He wouldn’t be a popular hire, and that might work against him. But he wouldn’t necessarily be an extension of Gettleman, either.