New York Giants: An open letter to Dave Gettleman, we aren’t sheep

Dave Gettleman, New York Giants. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman held a training camp press conference on Friday. EWB’s Co-Site Expert, Ed Stein, responds in an open letter.

Dear Dave,

I saw the highlights of your training camp press conference and very little has changed. You semi acknowledged the fans which is a step in the right direction. I also realize you have the job as the New York Giants general manager, and I don’t. However, you again come across as if you have earned something that you didn’t.

Once again, you ask those of us loyal to the New York Giants to believe that you know the game better than any of your peers. Let’s break it down a bit.

"“The amount of film that we watched on Daniel, the amount of background work we did on him. The interviewing of him, the personal contact time we had. All that in one spot, and what he did out here since his feet have hit the ground here, starting with the rookie minicamp … you look at all that stuff, and I look at the way he’s handled you guys [in the media], he’s dealt with the tough questions you’ve asked and the difficult things, the tough things he’s encountered since he got here, and I look at all that stuff, and I know he’s got the talent, there’s no doubt in my mind.”"

I understand that you and your staff watched tons of film on Daniel Jones and everyone loved what they saw. He impressed you in pre-draft interviews. Of course, Jones should have impressed you. They don’t give away basket weaving degrees at Duke and I’m sure he was well-rehearsed.

Every Big Blue fan will acknowledge what you said about Jones handling the New York media. The young quarterback is well-spoken and has said all the right things in his interviews. He will do his best to prove the organization’s faith in him, which is what we all want to hear.

None of that takes away from the fact that you got rooked into drafting Jones sixth overall. You told all of us that you had to take him because there were two other teams that would have drafted him before the New York Giants came back around at 17. That was debunked by the media almost as soon as you said it.

Oh, what could have been. Both Josh Allen and Devin Bush are going to become studs in the NFL for years, and one of them could have just as easily donned the Big Blue. And you still could have had Daniels Jones. Better yet, you could have had last year’s 10th overall pick Josh Rosen from Arizona for a song with all your accumulated draft picks, while still adding either Allen or Bush and Deandre Baker.

The only reason Rosen was dealt by Arizona was that a rookie coach had a different vision for how he wanted to run the Cardinals offense. Miami sent a 2019 second and 2020 fifth-round draft picks. At the most, you could have had Rosen for a 2020 second, 2019 fifth and seventh. Then the Giants would have landed a quarterback, top-shelf linebacker, a run-stuffing defensive tackle, and a potential starting cornerback. But I digress.