Dave Gettleman will not be Home Alone during the 2020 NFL Draft.
Stand down with those fears that the 69-year-old general manager will be overmatched from a technology standpoint Thursday night when the Giants are on the clock and the heat is on during an unprecedented remote draft process. Accompanying Gettleman at his home in Bergen County, N.J. will be Ty Siam, who works in football operations/data analytics for the Giants.
While adhering to social distancing guidelines, Siam will aid Gettleman during the draft, troubleshooting when necessary and making sure the lines of communication are open with the other team personnel scattered across the country.
This is not a Giants-centric deal. All NFL general managers and head coaches will have IT personnel on call, either on the premises or nearby, during the three-day draft that will take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Head coach Joe Judge with either be at his home in North Attleborough, Mass. for the draft or else he might return to New Jersey to work the draft from his temporary apartment near the team facility.
A photo of Gettleman sitting at his desk in his makeshift home office caused a bit of a stir for those who want to characterize him as behind the times, when it comes to technology and embracing analytics. The photo showed Gettleman seated at his desk, with one laptop, and a thick black binder in front of him. When photos were posted of the draft-at-home setups of 49ers general manager John Lynch and Tom Telesco of the Chargers, on display were multiple monitors and laptops at both locations.
The Gettleman photo was taken last week. Well before the draft is underway, his setup will be up-to-speed with those of his contemporaries.
“Everybody’s really strapped it on and just done a great job,’’ Gettleman said. “We’re certainly going to be prepared.’’
The goal is clear: Keep things as normal as possible even though the operations of this year’s draft is completely abnormal.
“Really, everything is going to be done and treated the same way that we’ve done it our last two drafts together,’’ Chris Pettit, the Giants’ director of college scouting, said. “Really nothing is different, just we’re not in the same room. We’ve kind of gone over some scenarios already, we’re going to be set up in different Zoom rooms and we’ll be able to have the same conversations we’ve had every year in the past just that we’re doing it from our homes, that’s the only thing different. But, everyone’s going to have the same voice that they’ve always had. It’s been a good process. We’ve taken some steps, honing it to getting it right to where we feel comfortable to make the right decision in the same way we would if we were sitting in our office in East Rutherford.’’