The Giants today lost a valuable and popular member of their front office when Dave Gettleman was named the new general manager of the Carolina Panthers.
Gettleman has been with the Giants for 15 seasons, most recently as the team’s senior pro personnel analyst. He previously spent 13 years as the Giants’ director of pro personnel.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization,” Gettleman said. “It is similar to the Giants organization in which I have had the privilege of working the last 15 years and has a lot of pieces in place for success. I am excited about getting started.”
Gettleman was chosen over several candidates, including Marc Ross, the Giants’ director of college scouting.
“I have mixed emotions about this,” said John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer. “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.”
“Dave has done a tremendous job in our personnel department,” said Steve Tisch, the Giants’ chairman and executive vice president. “He has been a trusted, respected voice and contributed greatly to our success. He deserves this opportunity.”
Former Giants general Ernie Accorsi was an advisor to the Panthers as they searched for a new G.M.
“First and foremost, I'm very happy for Dave and his family,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. “Dave is extremely qualified to be the general manager of the Panthers and will do a terrific job. I'm thankful for all of his hard work and friendship while here with the Giants.
“The Panthers interviewed two of the top personnel executives in the NFL in Dave and Marc Ross, and couldn't go wrong either way, in my humble opinion.”
Coach Tom Coughlin also added: "Dave knows what a football player is. He knows how to evaluate talent. He has done a great job of assessing our talent and the talent around the league and helping to identify those players who fill our needs. He is more than qualified to be Carolina's general manager. He is gifted and talented and has worked for years behind the scenes to make sure we are the best we can be. I'm extremely happy for Dave and his family."
The Giants will play the Panthers in Charlotte in the 2013 regular season.
Gettleman joined the Giants in the spring of 1998 as then-director of pro personnel Tim Rooney’s assistant. He was promoted to pro personnel director in the spring of 1999 upon Rooney’s retirement.
Gettleman has been a part of six Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997 and the Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011. The Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants both won the championship. Gettleman has been associated with 13 playoff teams in his NFL career.
After the 2011 season, Gettleman stepped down as the pro personnel director to become the team’s senior personnel analyst. His primary responsibility was the study and evaluation of NFL personnel, particularly free agents. When Gettleman was at the head of the pro personnel department, the Giants were consistently competitive and productive in the veteran free agent market.
Gettleman has vast experience in personnel. He entered the NFL in 1986 as a scouting department intern for the Buffalo Bills. He became a full-time scout for Buffalo after the 1987 draft. Following a year as an area scout, Gettleman was assigned as the Bills’ representative to the BLESTO scouting combine and continued in that capacity through the 1992 draft as the Northeast area scout. From June 1992 through December 1993 Gettleman worked as a regional scout for BLESTO, concentrating in the East and Midwest regions. In January 1994, Gettleman joined the scouting department of the Broncos, for whom he spent more than four years scouting the East and Southeast.