The New York Giants are down bad and people are beginning to pile on.
Following a humiliating 29-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, things went from bad to worse for the Giants. First, head coach Joe Judge erupted in a wild 11-minute rant that bordered on incoherent nonsense. Then, former Giants tight end Scott Simonson unloaded on general manager Dave Gettleman.
Like Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers before him, Simonson took aim at both Gettleman the GM and Gettleman the person.
“Dave Gettleman is an atrocious GM and not a good person, in my opinion. The fact he’s had this much time to not be good at his job, while deciding others’ fates, and indebting one of the most historically respected franchises is embarrassing, and also a strong example of karma existing,” Simonson tweeted.
As the tweet went viral, Simonson clarified.
“In relation to this tweet blowing up, I’ll clarify that my opinion is from being mislead about the severity of an ankle injury,” Simonson said. “Not given details, being released on settlement of a basic injury, and finding out later on they knew the extent of it. All things he played a role in.
“Also, to be clear, I don’t think this was intentional. I was a career backup player on minimum salary. I wasn’t an important piece of the machine so when I got damaged I was simply removed and replaced. But I’m not saying it was on purpose, it’s just how the NFL works sometimes.”
Simonson, who is no longer in the league, played for Gettleman in both Carolina (2015-2017) and New York (2018-2019). He was released by the Giants with an injury settlement in September of 2019 but later re-signed (November, 2019) and released (February, 2020).
Following Simonson’s original tweet another former Giant, fullback Shane Smith, also chimed in.
“Couldn’t agree more,” Smith tweeted.
Like Simonson, Smith later clarified his comments.
“Let me clarify,” Smith said. “(I’m) not speaking poorly on DG as a person. I loved my time with New York, but there’s obviously something wrong if they’ve had multiple coaches and great players go there and no one can have success.”
Smith played for the Giants from 2017 through 2018.
Although both Simonson and Smith softened their tone, it’s clear they have a personal issue with Gettleman. And that’s not exclusive — they are a part of a much larger club. And it’s just the latest example of how it’s time for the Giants to move on from DG.