The perception of the Giants' new front office regime has been all good. But former Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams wants the Giants to heed his warning about their new GM, Dave Gettleman.
"I did not like him. Well, correction...I do not like him," Williams said on WFAN's Boomer & Gio radio show on Tuesday.
There were reported rifts with players and Gettleman during his time with the Panthers, and it eventually led to Carolina firing him before the 2017 season began. His style of managing didn't bode well with many players, including Williams.
He described Gettleman has a GM who was too business-like with his players.
"I've said this before: As coaches and players, you spend most of your time with each other and the people upstairs don't have that same connection that everybody in the locker room has," Williams said. "So, when you go upstairs, it's the business aspect of the office. There's a lot of GMs that come down i.e. Marty Hurney [Panthers interim GM], I had a great relationship with him. He'd come down, you know more about Marty Hurney's family, he knows about your family. And they handle things in a family-oriented way."
When it came to letting players go, Gettleman's way didn't sit well with Williams, who was released after the 2014 season.
"If I'm friends with you or I'm a family member of yours, when i call you in the office to release you, I handle it in a family member-type way. Like 'Hey, I really appreciate everything you've done for this organization. We really loved everything you was doin..." Williams said. "Well, when you come into the office with somebody that handling business, 'Hey man, you're gone.'
"You give everything that you possibly can for an organization and the way that they let you go is like 'Hey man, you outta here.'"
Williams recalled how Panthers star WR Steve Smith, who spent 13 years in a Panthers uniform, was told of his release through a text message from Gettleman. Williams, himself, spent nine years in Carolina.
So, when asked what advice Williams would give to Giants players now that Gettleman sits in the big chair, he was blunt.
"He is your problem now. That's exactly what I would tell them," he said.
"For the guys that are there now, for the vet players that are there now, be very cautious. Because he's one of those guys once he gets his guys in there, then he develops that relationship with them. He's not trying to develop a relationship with the guys that are already there because he doesn't know them."