The Carolina Panthers are looking to New York for help with turning around their franchise.
The Panthers announced Wednesday they are hiring New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman as their general manager. Gettleman, 61, got the job over one of his co-workers (Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross) and interim Panthers general manager Brandon Beane, among others.
The choice of a former Giants executive isn't a huge surprise. Former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi helped Panthers owner Jerry Richardson with the search, and Gettleman had the highest recommendation from Accorsi, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
"I was very impressed with Dave's experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization," Richardson said. "He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard, and he played an instrumental role in their success."
We'd love to tell Panthers fans what this all means and who Gettlemen will draft in April, but the reality is he hasn't had a lot of time in the spotlight. We do know that coach Ron Rivera needs to win in 2013 to keep his job next year. New GMs usually want their own head coach.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.