Dave Gettleman has not been the most popular man in New York since he took over as head of the giants last year, but he stands by the controversial moves he has made when trying to rebuild the team. In particular, he clearly knows that he had no choice but to trade Odell Beckham Jr.
In an interview with Steve Politi from NJ.com, Gettleman talked about how “teams win championships” and all players must be on board with the organization’s philosophy. He added that his critics lack the point why he did some business this offseason.
“There’s more to what just brings together talent.” Gettleman said. “It’s a cultural thing for those who are critical. I haven’t been to a team that has gone to a Super Bowl that has a cultural problem.” .
“No longer,” GM said.
It’s hard to see it as anything but a shot at Beckham. While the giants also made some other major moves such as trading star pass-rous Olivier Vernon, Beckham is a polarizing figure that was openly critical of Eli Manning and Giant’s coaching staff. Ownership essentially told him he was shut down and played last year and there have been many reports that Beckham became headache in New York.
After being traded to the Cleveland Browns, Beckham scoffed at the idea that he was cancerous with the giants. Time will tell if the movement goes out, but Gettleman continues to preach patience. As long as ownership is willing to give it to him, it doesn’t matter what the fans think of his attitude.