David Gettleman Named Panthers New General Manager
The Carolina Panthers, whose search for a new general manager as led by former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, ended on Wednesday night as Giants Senior Pro Personnel Analyst David Gettleman was named to the Panther’s post.
“I was very impressed with Dave’s experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization,” Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson said via a statement. “He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard and played an instrumental role in their success.”
“I’m very happy for Dave and his family,” said Giants general manager Jerry Reese in a statement. “Dave is extremely qualified to be the general manager of the Panthers and will do a terrific job. I’m thankful for all of his hard work and friendship while here with the Giants.”
“I have mixed emotions about this. Dave certainly deserves to be a general manager, but I am very sorry to lose him,” added co-owner John Mara. “He has been instrumental to the success we have had and we are certainly going to miss him. He will do a great job for the Carolina Panthers.”
Gettleman spent 15 seasons with the Giants, including 13 as the team’s Director of Pro Personnel and the last 2 in his previous role as Senior Pro Personnel Analyst. He was first hired by Accorsi in the spring of 1998 as then-director Tim Rooney’s assistant. He was promoted to Pro Personnel Director in the spring of 1999 upon Rooney’s retirement.
Gettleman has been a part of six Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997 and the Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011. The Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants both won the championship. Gettleman has been associated with 13 playoff teams in his NFL career.
With the Giants, Gettleman’s primary responsibility was the study and evaluation of NFL personnel, particularly free agents.
Gettleman and Director of College Scouting Marc Ross were both interviewed for the Panthers vacancy. Ross has also reportedly interviewed for other open GM spots including Jacksonville, San Diego, and the Jets.
“The Panthers interviewed two of the top personnel executives in the NFL in Dave and Marc Ross, and couldn’t go wrong either way, in my humble opinion.”