Bart Scott: New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman Tried To Rush The Process

The Giants are going to be in "quarterback hell," Scott said, which is exactly where GM Dave Gettleman didn't want to be

The DA Show
March 16, 2019 - 1:02 am

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The New York Giants could have drafted their quarterback of the future in the NFL Draft. Instead, they took Saquon Barkley second overall, electing to see what 37-year-old Eli Manning had left in the tank.

It appears he doesn’t have much. 

The Giants (1-3) rank 29th in the league in scoring offense (18.3 points per game) and have averaged just 15.3 points in their three losses.

It’s been ugly.

“I think Eli is part of the problem, but I think they overestimated the talent on this team,” NFL analyst Bart Scott said on The DA Show. “They thought that they were a lot better than they were. They thought they were a player or two away. Clearly that’s not the case. And just think: they haven’t dealt with a major injury yet. They haven’t lost a (Nate) Solder where he’s going to miss a couple games. They lost OV (Olivier Vernon), which, that’s huge. But we know that more injuries are coming. So what’s going to happen when you get to the middle part of this roster and guys have to fill in for a game or two?”

Add it all up, and the Giants will likely miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.

“I think the indictment on the Jerry Reese regime was the fact that as soon as the season was over with, they start picking from the bottom of the heap to try to get some depth in with this roster,” Scott said. “Eli is going to have to answer to this. I don’t know how anybody, if they don’t make it to the playoffs, can say, ‘We’re going to give Eli another shot. Let’s go get him another offensive lineman.’ Because now you got to start tearing this thing down. You need draft picks to fix the offensive line. Offensive linemen that are good offensive linemen don’t get to the market anymore. How do you get a lineman? I just don’t see how they do it. They need a quarterback, clearly.”

Unfortunately for the Giants, that quarterback will likely be a rookie – or of the bridge variety.

“You’re going to be in quarterback hell like (Dave) Gettleman said he didn’t want to be in,” Scott said of the Giants general manager. “I felt like because he’s an older gentleman – I know he’s facing lymphoma, and our prayers are with him – but I felt like he tried to rush the process. He said, ‘You know what? I’m an older gentleman, I want to try to win now, I don’t want to be part of a long rebuild,’ and he put it in the microwave. He tried to microwave it. You can’t microwave it. Every once in a while, you put one of those Hot Pockets in the microwave, you bite it and the center is still cold.”

The Giants face the Panthers (2-1) on the road this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.