Giants ownership faces mounting calls to fire GM Dave Gettleman

After the NFL Giants' 4-13 season, President & CEO John Mara and Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch have "an epic cleanup job on their hands," which "almost certainly will begin" with Senior VP & GM Dave Gettleman’s ouster, according to Bob Glauber of NEWSDAY. Gettleman took pictures with family members on the field before yesterday's regular-season finale, the "latest indication that he will leave the team" after a 19-46 record over four seasons. Coach Joe Judge spoke after the game as if he will "be back" and already is "looking to find answers for next season and beyond." But the owners "must think seriously about whether Judge -- who had never been a head coach at any level when he was named to lead the Giants exactly two years to the day before his team flopped on Sunday -- is the answer." Bringing back Judge is a "deeply unpopular idea for many fans," and if they do keep him on, Mara and Tisch "must have supreme conviction about him." It is a chance they "may risk taking," but one that will "backfire in colossal fashion if there is another season like this 4-13 nightmare" (NEWSDAY, 1/10).

STARTS AT THE TOP: In N.Y., Pat Leonard writes the reality is Mara and the Giants have "never really embraced full-on change in Judge’s program." The Giants have been "terrible for a long time now." And while Gettleman "failed," Mara and Tisch "do not get to use their GM as a shield." Leonard: "Ownership’s decision-making is what has turned the Giants into a laughingstock" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/10). Also in N.Y., Mike Vaccaro writes "now, more than ever," Mara must "look at this team through his fans’ eyes." He must "see what they’ve endured these last five years." There were tickets available to Sunday’s "grotesque season finale," a 22-7 loss to the WFT, for $6. The best owners are "supposed to be sober, clear-eyed arbiters of their team’s fortunes, unmoved by the whims and whimperings of the moment." It is "rarely a good thing when owners are moved by public consensus." But "this is different," and the Giants "are different." Mara has "always called his family’s stewardship a 'public trust.'" But Sunday, from "start to finish," was an example of "just how lost this franchise is, just how detached it is from its fans" (N.Y. POST, 1/10).

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE: Also in N.Y., Steve Serby writes the empty seats should have "screamed from the top of their lungs to Giants ownership about the sorry state of the franchise." The boobirds "aren’t the barometer for ownership as much as apathy is" for a team that lost its last six games in "inexcusable fashion." Serby: "The fan base for the most part is mad as hell and can’t take it anymore. And who can blame them?" (N.Y. POST, 1/10). WFAN’s Boomer Esiason: "You’ve got to sell tickets, you’ve got to keep people engaged, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got sponsors. ... That's the problem the Giants are running into. The business side of the building is telling the owner, like, ‘Hey, man, we can't sell this’” (“Boomer & Gio,” WFAN, 1/10).

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