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John Mara says New York Giants GM is not on the hot seat

Sep 27, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) with co-owner John Mara before a NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) with co-owner John Mara before a NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Tuesday it’s inaccurate to say that general manager Dave Gettleman is on the hot seat for the upcoming NFL season.

Mara also said he wished it was mandatory for every player in the league to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

The Giants are 15-33 since Gettleman took over as GM three years ago. However, Mara said there is no playoff-or-be-fired mandate for Gettleman.

“We’re all on the hot seat with our fans in particular, we’ve given them too many losing seasons, it’s time for us to start winning,” Mara said, when asked if the GM was on the hot seat. “No, I wouldn’t say that. I wouldn’t say that’s an accurate statement.

“I certainly think we’re a lot better on paper,” Mara said. “I’d like to see us show that on the field, win some games and make the playoffs.”

Mara also said he wishes the league required every player to get vaccinated.

“I’d prefer that everybody be vaccinated,” he said. “I would’ve preferred that it would’ve been mandatory for players to get vaccinated. But the players’ association did not share that view, so we are where we are, which is not a bad spot to be in. Obviously, I’d like it to be 100 percent (of players vaccinated), because I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Mara also said the Giants would not require fans to be vaccinated to attend games — at least not yet. The Las Vegas Raiders are requiring proof of vaccination.

“As of right now, there are no plans to do that. If you ask me that question again in a week or two, I may give you a different answer. That’ll depend on our discussions with the governor’s office and further guidance from the CDC and other health organizations. I think it’s a fluid situation,” Mara said.

–Field Level Media