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It wasn’t the Giants ’fault to allow Dave Getlmann to stay a few more weeks to maintain his reputation by“ retiring ”.

It was a mistake to allow a failed general manager to lead for too long for two years.

Giants co-author John Mara explained to Gettleman on Wednesday why he was allowed to resign at the end of the season, although in the middle of the season his retention in 2022 was inevitable. NFL rules prohibit managers working on one team from being interviewed during another team’s normal season. CEO vacancies, so the Giants could only start jumping with internal or independent candidates.

“Frankly, our best candidates are people who are busy right now, so that wouldn’t give us any advantage,” Mara said. “I have never seen the need to do that before [Monday] when he announced his retirement. “

Giants Assistant Director General Kevin Abrams and former NFL executives Louis Riddick and Scott Pioli – both of whom worked as television analysts – were not included in the list of nine scheduled interviews.

John Mara and Dave Getlman

“I can tell you that based on my inquiries from prospective candidates, we can’t even interview 20 percent of them,” Mara said. “It’s a much-desired job.”

Many NFL sources, in an interview with The Post, questioned the hypocrisy of allowing Gettleman to retire with a record of 19-46 after the dismissal of Super Bowl winner general manager Jerry Reese and two coaches who worked due to Gettleman’s staff misfortune.

Unlike the others, the 70-year-old Getlman was at his last stop in the NFL. In addition, Gettleman was part of the Golden Age as the Giants ’professional director from 1999-2011, but the same could be said for Ri, who was fired along with coach Ben McAdue after Eli Manning’s bench. 2017. Only Gettleman was photographed on the field with his family on the last day of the game.

Although Mara admitted that the miscalculations made under Gettleman in 2018 led to many years of failure, the giants kept Gettleman after the 2019 season and again in 2020 when Pat Shurmur was sacked. Asked if he regretted not changing GM during the Gettleman era, Mara avoided the question in a final tribute.

“I thought at the end of last season – we finished 5-3 – the bullet was looking up,” Mara said of the end of a strong eight games until season 6-10. “I thought we were going in the right direction. I thought the connection at this end of the building was good. And, for some reason, everything has gotten worse this year. We’ve reached a point where I think we need to hit the reset button and start over. ”

Now the giants have to hire a replacement, which says: Lack of offensive and transition players, uncertainty in the defender and the need to close these precious holes when the salary is in hell (beyond the 2022 limit). $ 2 million, according to spotrac.com). The Giants ’biggest selling point is the NFL’s second-best investment of 2022, including the No. 5 and No. 7 picks in the first round.

“I think it’s an organization where people want to work, so I’m very happy that a lot of people, including people who are very talented and have a legitimate opportunity to get a job, are interested,” Mara said. “No one has rejected us yet.”

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