After 25 years in the NFL as a scout and in player personnel Dave Gettleman is getting his shot as a general manager.
On Tuesday, he was introduced as the new GM of the Carolina Panthers and at 61 years old, he is thrilled to finally get his first shot at running a professional football team.
"They say good things come to those who wait and this is absolutely the perfect fit for me," said Gettleman.
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was at the presser to introduce the team's new GM and admits that the franchise needs a little work.
"One of the things a general manager has to do, is he has to be able to fix things," said Richardson. "I think his experience will benefit not only the organization, but it will be terrific for Ron (Rivera) this time of his career."
As far as how he hopes to get the Panthers to the Super Bowl, he does have a plan. It is one that has worked at each of his 3 stops as a scout in Buffalo, Denver, and with the New York Giants.
"In terms of building a team you need a quarterback, you need touchdown scorers, you need pass rushers, and I'll give Tom Coughlin credit on this one. He taught me big men allow you to compete," said Gettleman. "So to me that is a winning structure."
His message to current coach Ron Rivera is simple. "If we do this right, you and I are holding up a trophy with Mr. Richardson."
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