Bills GM Brandon Beane Says Giants' Dave Gettleman Smarter Than People Think

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2020

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 20:  Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane on the field before a game against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field on October 20, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York.  Buffalo beats Miami 31 to 21. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane believes New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman is fooling media members into thinking he isn't as smart or competent as he actually is.

During an appearance on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take (h/t Dan Benton of Giants Wire) on Friday, Beane said the following about Gettleman, whom he worked with in the Carolina Panthers front office from 2013 to 2016: "Can't trust him. Dave's smart, man. He's throwing all the curveballs out there. He's actually pretty tech savvy. Don't let him fool you, in all seriousness."

Beane's comments came after he was asked about a photo of Gettleman's archaic-looking home NFL draft setup that went viral on Twitter:

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NFL War Room Comparison Chargers GM Tom Telesco (left) vs. Giants GM Dave Gettleman *Notice the difference in monitor-to-paper ratio on each desk https://t.co/3LLfF3ZVJQ

Gettleman's desk was littered with papers and a single laptop, while Los Angeles Chargers GM Tom Telesco had a much cleaner, sleeker look, with six monitors on his desk.

All 32 NFL general managers will carry out the 2020 draft from their homes because the coronavirus pandemic is preventing teams from conducting the day's events from team facilities as usual.

The 69-year-old Gettleman has been in the NFL ranks since 1986 when the Bills hired him as a scouting intern and later made him a full-time scout. By 1999, he became the Giants' pro personnel director.

Gettleman was part of the Giants front office for their Super Bowl XLII and XLVI victories, and he then served as the Panthers' GM from 2013 to 2017 before returning to the Giants as their general manager in 2018.

In Carolina, Gettleman constructed a team that went 15-1 in the regular season and made it all the way to Super Bowl 50, where it fell to the Denver Broncos.

Despite his track record of success, many of the moves Gettleman has made since returning to the Giants have been questioned by fans and media members. That includes trading wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns last offseason and selecting quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

Both decisions already look better than they did at the time. OBJ didn't look like himself last season and finished with just 1,035 yards and four touchdowns despite appearing in all 16 games.

Meanwhile, Jones performed far better as a rookie than most expected with 3,027 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games (12 starts), as well as 279 rushing yards and two rushing scores.

Gettleman and the Giants own the No. 4 pick in next week's draft, and they find themselves in an advantageous position. They can either stay put and select a player who fills a need, such as Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons or Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, or they could trade down.

With a talented, young core led by Jones and running back Saquon Barkley, plus the ability to pick up plenty of capital in the 2020 NFL draft, Gettleman has the Giants poised to surprise next season.