Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New York Giants Organization Embracing Change with Gettlemania Set to Run Wild

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New York Giants Organization Embracing Change with Gettlemania Set to Run Wild

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"Change is coming. Welcome the change, don't run from it."

Sterling Shepard, Giants wide receiver on remarks to team Monday by GM Dave Gettleman (below).

Dave Gettleman commanded the room almost immediately.

In his first opportunity to speak to the 2017 Giants collectively, in their final team meeting of a lost season Monday, the new general manager did not hold back in expressing his expectations for where the franchise goes from here - and what he wants from the players in return - especially those he deems good enough to stick around.

"Change is coming. Welcome the change, don't run from it," is how Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard described Gettleman's message in what served as both an introduction to him, a farewell to a 3-13 campaign that will go down as one of the worst in the team's 93-year history and a missive of sorts to prepare a group of men for the culture shock that he has promised.

"Embrace it all, have fun," tight end Evan Engram added. "There's definitely gonna be changes, he addressed that. ... The only way to go from here is up, so I'm definitely excited to get back to work."

That process has officially begun, and the Giants are eager to see what results from Gettlemania running wild in this next phase of restoring a sense of pride, commitment and performance that has been lacking in far too many areas over the last three months.

Players packed up their lockers, placing belongings in boxes and plastic bags, heading out of the building for the final time. In an obvious reminder of the business that is the NFL, as one season's team bid adieu to a present that quickly transitioned to the past, Gettleman and team brass was already on to the future.

The Giants have requested permission to interview two of Bill Belichick's top lieutenants in New England for their head coaching vacancy: offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, a source confirmed to The Record and

McDaniels and Patricia are considered two of the hottest candidates - in fairness, they have been speculated as such over the past few seasons - but both have opted in the past to stay with Belichick. McDaniels has won five Super Bowls on the New England staff, and Patricia has won three.

The Giants have also requested permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, and there are likely others to come.

On the first day of 2017, the Giants beat the Redskins on their way to the playoffs. On the last day of 2017, the Giants beat the Redskins, bringing some satisfaction on a frigid afternoon at a half-empty MetLife Stadium as the season came to a close, with the unexpected bonus of securing the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft to boot. If only they could erase just about everything that happened in between.

That job belongs to Gettleman now, to McDaniels or Patricia or Wilks or Schwartz, even someone else, and ultimately to co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch: the challenge of turning anger, embarrassment and frustration into hope. …

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