John Mara 'didn't ponder' moving on from Dave Gettleman, explains why Giants GM is returning

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John Mara speaks during a Zoom call in January 2021
John Mara speaks during a Zoom call in January 2021

Giants owner John Mara went into detail on Wednesday regarding why he retained GM Dave Gettleman, citing progress made in 2020, strong personnel moves during the offseason, and a good working relationship with head coach Joe Judge.

The return of Gettleman, which was reported by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano but not formally announced, did not come as a surprise. But given where things seemed to be heading with Gettleman before the season, it wasn't something that was even close to set in stone until recently.

"I think that the way Dave and Joe worked together, I thought our personnel decisions were really sound this year," Mara told reporters via Zoom. "I feel better about our roster than I have in years, and I think the two of them working together have started the building process of something that can have sustained success going forward. I just didn't think making a change at this point was something that was beneficial. 

"They worked really well together, and I'm really please with the players that they've brought in here. I think that gives us a chance going forward."

Noting that Gettleman and Judge didn't agree on things 100 percent of the time, Mara said he never had to intercede as the two made decisions, adding that he feels the roster "made enough progress to warrant staying the course with the people we have in the building."

Asked whether he contemplated moving on from Gettleman, Mara said he "didn't really ponder" it.

"We made some miscalculations in 2018 and I think we -- to a certain extent -- paid for that this year by not having some of those players available," Mara explained. "There was no question about it. I thought in 2019, things got a little bit better. Certainly this past offseason I thought the personnel decisions that we made, both in the draft and in free agency, were significantly better.

"So I like the combination that we have here right now, and I didn't see any reason to break that up."

Among the players Gettleman and the Giants brought in over the last year and change were Leonard Williams (via trade), James Bradberry, Blake Martinez, and Logan Ryan (via free agency), and Andrew Thomas and Xavier McKinney (via the draft).

Mara also touched on the team's improvement in the second half of the 2020 season and the positive feeling in the locker room as part of the reason why Gettleman will be back.

"We haven’t won enough games," Mara said. "But we’ve made some miscalculations in 2018 with some of our personnel decisions, but I think the last two years, particularly this past year, we’ve seen significant improvement.

"And I just felt like to break that up now and bring in someone new from the outside was not going to be very beneficial. Dave and Joe worked very well together. Our personnel decisions I think were very sound and I have no reason that won’t be the case going forward.”