Giants new GM Dave Gettleman said last week he plans to move forward with Eli Manning as the quarterback, but on Tuesday he left a little bit of doubt in the air.
When asked in an interview on WFAN if he could defend not taking a quarterback in the second pick of the draft, Gettleman said, “When I finish my film work that’s what’s going to tell me which way to go.”
“It’s all about what happens between the white lines,” he added. “You can talk about this guy, talk about that guy, it’s what’s going on between the white lines. It’s the film; it’s not pretty; it’s not a quick view… it takes time, have to be objective, can’t look at it with any emotion. It’s business. Every decision we make here is going to be in the best interest of the New York Football Giants.”
Gettleman said he’s spoken with Manning — who turns 37 on Wednesday — briefly and plans to sit down and have a conversation with him soon but also still spoke highly of Manning the way he did in his opening press conference.
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“I was only able to see a couple of Giant games front to back and one of them happened to be Philadelphia,” he said. “The guy I saw that day was the guy who put two rings on my fingers, so what I said at the presser I meant, so we’ll continue to evaluate, move forward and continue the process.”
Manning, also talking on WFAN, said he wants to remain a Giant but will need to speak with management to decide if that is the best thing for him.
“If I have the opportunity and they want me to be here and play then that’s what I’m going to do,” he said. “Whatever they choose for next year and the future, hey, I understand it. I’m 37 years old. How many years do I have? They have to have a plan but I hope to be part of the plan.”
Gettleman has already spoken to Odell Beckham Jr. He was peppered with questions about Beckham and his contract situation at his opening press conference and said he would have to talk to Beckham before going forward with any of that.
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He said that the two of them had a “nice” conversation on Saturday but he is not planning to publicly discuss any details about contract negotiations.
“I don’t discuss negotiations, I don’t discuss timelines. I don’t discuss contracts. It’s very personal,” he said. “He is a wonderful, very gifted player for his position. There’s no doubting the talent. He and I had a nice conversation Saturday and we’ll be moving forward.”
Beckham said prior to the 2017 season he wants to be the highest paid player in the league, but that was before he had to undergo season-ending ankle surgery after Week 5.
Gettleman was also asked about Eli Apple, but said he has not spoken to him yet.
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Before Gettleman makes any decisions regarding Manning, Beckham or Apple, he still has to find a new head coach.
ESPN reported on Tuesday the Giants requested to interview Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for head coach.
Shurmur joins Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Patriots offensive and defensive coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to be requested for interviews.
Shurmur has experience as a head coach, going 9-23 with the Browns from 2011-12 and winning a game while filling in for Chip Kelly as the Eagles interim coach in 2015.
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While it is believed the Giants want someone with head coaching experience, Gettleman said it is not a necessity.
“Is having previous head coaching experience helpful? Certainly,” he said. “You have a good understanding of the time commitment and what kind of things come at you. We all know no matter how long you’re in it something is going to happen. So is it helpful? Sure. Dealbreaker? No.”
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