For the last 15 years, Dave Gettleman has worked behind the scenes to help build the Giants into two-time Super Bowl champions. Now he’s stepping out of the shadows to help build another team.
Gettleman, who most recently was the Giants’ senior pro personnel analyst, was hired on Wednesday to be the new general manager of the Carolina Panthers, beating out – among others – Giants scouting director Marc Ross for the job. The 61-year-old had never been a GM before, but he was a trusted aid of former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who was consultant to Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on the search.“I have mixedemotions about this,” said Giants co-owner John Mara. “Dave certainly deserves to be a general manager, but I am very sorry to lose him. He has been instrumental to the success we have had and we are certainly going to miss him. He will do a great job for the Carolina Panthers.”
The Giants will lose one of the brightest minds in the front office and they could lose scouting director Marc Ross, who is up for a few GM jobs. If the Giants can keep Ross for another season, which it looks like they might, it would be a big coup. Although the Giants will feel the loss of Gettleman, the Giants trust the system they run and should have no problem replacing the long time executive who has help build the Giants into a first-class organization.