New Giants GM Dave Gettleman is confident he can get the team to rebound from a 3-13 season and become playoff contenders again.
"I just believe in the Giant Way," Gettleman told the New York Post's Steve Serby. "I just want it back where it belongs. ... We're gonna fix this."
In a wide-ranging interview that included topics like the future of quarterback Eli Manning and what New York will do with the No. 2 pick in the draft to the importance of his family, Gettleman said he wants to lead the Giants to their fifth Super Bowl trophy. He recounted when he helped the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl XXXII, and saying the Super Bowl title "doesn't validate you as a person. [Rather] it validates you as a professional."
Gettleman's first duty is to hire a head coach, and he said he's looking for someone that has a "toughness about him.
"There's a number of ways to be tough," said Gettleman, whose team will interview several candidates, including Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo. I've seen quiet tough guys, and the players know he's nobody to fool with. He says, 'Jump,' we're jumping. It's like I tell people -- you have a message? It's about your delivery. Some people just deliver messages differently."
Gettleman said the ability to develop a young quarterback is "really important," but when asked for his reaction regarding USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen declaring for the NFL Draft, he said it "just deepens the pool.
"You draft a quarterback high, and you're wrong? It sets you back," Gettleman said, "because then what happens, there are teams that I call, they're in quarterback hell. They got solid defense, they've got a pretty good offensive line, they got some skill players. They … just … can't … find the trigger guy. And what happens is they go 7-9, 8-8, 9-7, and they never get high enough to get a real guy, and they're afraid to trade up and trade the farm to get a guy ..."
The Giants went from being an 11-5 team that made the wild-card round to a 3-13 team with the second-worst record in the NFL. Since winning Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants have missed the playoffs five of the last six years, and Gettleman wants the franchise to return to its winning ways.
"Winning drives me," he said. "Putting together an organization that can have sustained success. Something that when I walk out the door … what drives me is leaving something better than when I found it."