John Mara looking straight ahead at podium August 2021
The overwhelming consensus outside of the Giants organization was that they were going to have to look outside their organization to fix their problems. They were going to have to hire a general manager from outside their “family.” They needed to think outside their little box.
“They’re going to have to change all of their thinking,” a former NFL GM said late in the season. “But it’s a family business. They don’t want to do that.”
Maybe they don’t. But that’s still exactly what the Giants are doing now.
No matter how this search eventually turns out, give Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch credit for this: They are doing exactly what everyone thought they should do as they search for a new person to run their team. There were seven known candidates for their GM job within 24 hours after Dave Gettleman retired.
Every single one of them was from the outside.
That has to be uncomfortable, to say the least, especially for the Mara family that has owned the franchise for nearly 100 years and held either full control or lots of sway over football operations for much of that time. They have family members in powerful positions in the football operations department – a fact their critics seize upon often. The last true outsider to run the football side came when George Young was forced on them by the NFL back in 1979.
But this time they are not leaning on what or who they know. If nothing else, they have assembled a diverse field of candidates, from various teams and backgrounds and different levels of experience.
The group so far, according to sources, includes Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen, Tennessee Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort and VP of player personnel Ryan Cowden, Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, Arizona Cardinals VP of pro personnel Adrian Wilson, and San Francisco 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters and director of player personnel Ran…