After days of speculation, New York Giants owner John Mara confirmed Wednesday that there will be no change in general manager Dave Gettleman’s job status.
“He is coming back,” Mara said during a video conference.
The Giants have gone 15-33 during Gettleman’s three seasons as GM. This year they went 6-10 but nearly won the NFC East. New York failed to qualify for the postseason when the Washington Football Team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night and finished 7-9.
Mara admitted there was “no defending the record” during Gettleman’s tenure, but the owner emphasized that he likes the relationship Gettleman has with coach Joe Judge and other positive things around the organization.
“I think we’ve established a basis for a foundation for success going forward,” Mara said. “There’s a different feeling in the building now than there has been in a number of years. That’s why I’m optimistic.”
Gettleman copped to some mistakes during his tenure, especially during his first season in 2018. But like Mara, he’s also filled with optimism.
“We’re on the right track right now,” he said during his video conference Wednesday. “We’ve done some very good stuff the last two years. We’re going to fix this. We’re going to fix this.”
There had been speculation that Gettleman, who turns 70 next month, might be contemplating retirement. He quickly shot that down when asked Wednesday.
“I feel fine, I feel good, I’m excited. You know I just want to keep going,” Gettleman said. “I don’t know where this retirement stuff came from, I have no idea what that’s all about. But at the end of the day, I feel great, so let’s keep going.”
Mara made no commitment, however, to Gettleman staying on beyond 2021.
“Everything in this business is year to year. I’m not going to speculate on that,” Mara said.