Dave Gettleman and Eli Manning

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Gettleman’s Grand Plan

I’ll be honest, it’s a weird strategy. It’s bold. It’s aggressive. And it borderline idiotic.

March 19, 2019 - 10:41 am

While everyone is thinking about the NCAA tournament, the New York Giants would like you to not forget about them. I’ll be honest, it’s a weird strategy. It’s bold. It’s aggressive. And it borderline idiotic.

Given how things have gone lately, if I were the Giants, I’d stay down right now. Lay low, and hope people lose interest just forget about that dumpster fire that’s blazing outside the facility. You know, kind of how the New England Patriots are doing things this offseason. Last thing I’d do is try to get anyone to look at me. But that’s exactly what the Giants are doing.

Fresh off blasting a few toes off their foot with the Odell Beckham contract and trade, they are back at it again. This time, it’s Dave Gettleman talking about Eli Manning. Okay, that makes sense. People can disagree about whether drafting a running back where they did last year was a good idea or not. And they can disagree about whether it’s a smart move to sign the best receiver in team history to a big deal in August and then trade him in March, but if ever there was a topic that you’d think would be a layup, it’s Eli Manning and his future.

And if you think that, Gettleman agrees with you. It is a total layup. Take it away, David: “This narrative that Eli’s overpaid and can’t play is a crock.”

I’m sorry, wait, what? Huh? That was not the layup I was expecting. Dave Gettleman just took all your takes on Eli Manning, dunked them into the wrong basket, and then pointed at the crowd.

You think Eli is overpaid? You think he can’t play? That’s a “crock!” First off, incredible word selection. Crock, particularly in this context as a shortened version of “crock of bleep” is amazing.

Using the word “crock” is almost as amazing as saying that the “narrative that Eli’s overpaid and can’t play is a crock.”

First off, I want to make one thing perfectly clear. Eli Manning is a very easy target.

No, seriously. Eli Manning is a very easy target. He’s gotten absolutely pummeled on the field and off it the last few years. And people have made him into a complete punching bag and blamed everything about the Giants on Eli. And he has handled it with complete class. When there have been numerous members of the team and organization who haven’t handled things professionally, he has done that time and time again.

So this isn’t about bashing Eli. The truth is, while he’s struggled lately, he’s not as bad as everyone’s made him out to be. But at the same time, saying “This narrative that Eli’s overpaid and can’t play is a crock” is the real crock.

And Gettleman wasn’t done. When talking about whether or not the team was going to bring back Eli Manning in 2019, Gettleman said: "With the way we ended the season, and what he's making, there really wasn't a decision to make."

The way you ended the season? You ended the season with three straight losses. One of them was a shutout.

Eli had as many picks as he had touchdowns over that stretch. So what about it meant there wasn’t a decision to make? The only reason why there wasn’t a decision to make is because you didn't look for a better option. And that’s on you.

You won five games last year. You started the year 1-7. The only reason why the ending of the season didn’t look as horrible as the beginning of the season is because it couldn’t have been any worse than the beginning of the season. And those four wins in the back half of the season came against: San Francisco, Tampa, Chicago, and Washington. Not exactly a murderer’s row. 

But to hear Gettleman talk about it, he was this close to signing Eli to another extension. 

The team has gone 8-24 in the last two years. They have a quarterback who’s aging out, an offensive line with issues, and a defense with holes. You would think now would be the time to start rebuilding. Just put some C-4 next to the supports, hit the detonator and go to work.

But not Dave Gettleman: “The object of this is to win as many games as possible every year … You can win when you’re building.”

And it’s at this point that the head of every New York Giants fan exploded.

I mean, I guess there’s a universe in which Dave Gettleman is right. Maybe. In theory. Probably not in this reality, though. Because the Giants have been trying to win and build for the last two years and they’ve done nether. They’ve won eight games and they aren’t better for it.

It seemed like trading Beckham was a sign that they finally realized that they are rebuilding, that they aren’t close to winning, and that they had to start again. But it wasn’t. It was just Gettleman trying to do both and succeeding at neither.

Apparently, according to Gettleman, when they traded Odell Beckham and Olivier Vernon, and allowed Landon Collins to walk, they weren’t rebuilding. That wasn’t about blowing up the team to get better in the future that was about getting better for this year.

You know, that classic move where you take a 5-win team, get rid of multiple Pro Bowlers and become a better team.

Step 1: Win five games

Step 2: Get rid of good players

Step 3: Keep not good players

Step 4: Win more games

It sounds like Gettleman doesn’t really have a plan. Or he has multiple plans. But you better not ask him about those plans: “It’s not my responsibility to tell you guys what I’m doing, just like it’s not my job to respond to every rumor that comes down the pike.”

Okay, I get that. You don’t have to tell the media what you’re doing, but your actions tell everyone you have no idea what you’re doing.  Giants fan, are you clear on Gettleman’s plan?  Because I’m not.  And I’d sure as hell rather be the Jets than the Giants right now.  And in what lifetime did you think you’d ever hear that.