We pounded the table for the NY Giants to bring in an Outsider GM to clean up the mess. Yesterday, we got a breath of fresh air. Chris Pettit, Director of College Scouting, was fired. These are people’s careers and livelihoods. Yet from everything we knew and heard, we certainly are not surprised, and frankly we welcome the change. Out with the old, in with the new. Out with the old scouts who were not adding value, and in with the new people from outside the organization who will win with merit.
Pettit had a few problems. Problem #1, he did not pass the smell test.
NYG Director of College Scouting Chris Pettit should be fired instantly for saying (about Saquon Barkley): “it sincerely didn’t matter who was on the OL.” Goodbye.
— Andy Furman (@UltimateNYG) December 23, 2021
Note the date. This was before Schoen or any other candidate was interviewed for the GM job. Just imagine if Gettleman (or an insider) was still there. Pettit would still be there.
Problem #2, he was apparently an employee with questionable integrity.
We discussed the #nyg problem with nepotism re Chris Mara and Tim McDonnell. Look how Pettit bloodworm leached onto McDonnell. Culture is everything. Toxic culture creates systemic dysfunction and losing. Read the second link. Blow this up. @NYGunderground @BruceEReinhart https://t.co/a1rd5zeWTu
— Andy Furman (@UltimateNYG) January 9, 2022
Problem #3- there are reports he was a leaker of NYG drafting intentions. I will wait on more evidence before saying anything additional, but suffice it to say that there were enough reasons already without that cherry on the sh*tcake.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Joe Schoen is not doing the same things anymore. The Giants needed an outsider desperately and this is part of the tangible change that is afoot. Of course the franchise will have to return to winning ways. Schoen couldn’t just bring in a new scouting staff in January with the Combine and Draft a few months away. Turnover of the scouting staff has started and it will (perhaps more quietly) continue in coming months. Good. Meaningful change. An end to the dysfunction. Onward.