Dave Gettleman was the football coach at Spackenkill High in Poughkeepsie, when Giants CEO George Young changed forever the franchise's fortunes by designing a Hall of Fame Giant to revolutionize NFL defense  The New York Sheraton Hotel's Grand Ballroom, when then Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced:
"New York Giants Selection Round: Lawrence Taylor, Linebacker, North Carolina."
"There was a possibility that I would be the first player to play, but when George Rogers was the first player [by the Saints] I got up, went to the fridge, got a beer, when I came back they were already in place 3, "Taylor told the Post on Wednesday and laughed.
Thirty-seven years later, Gettleman is charged with bringing back the New York Football Giants. With the second overall selection of the Thursday night train in the AT & T Stadium.
And the Giant Gold Jacket, No. 56, said he believes Saquon Barkley has a chance to be another Gold Jacket Giant.
"Yeah, absolutely, said Taylor." I've seen some highlights and things, he has great speed and a great leg strength. And it seems like he makes good decisions when he makes them.
"From this design there will be several Gold Jacket Guys, the problem is to find out who they are."
Bet on Saquon Barkley.
LaDainian Tomlinson, the modern LT, another Gold Jacket Guy, a Gold Jacket running back with the Chargers and Jets, uses the Gold Jacket Guy.
"He checks the boxes for a three-back … but then, when you look a little deeper, and you see the greatness, the agility, the passion with which he plays, the radiance of the field … all these things lead you to a guy who's a franchise- type player, for a long time, 10-12 years we're talking, "said Tomlinson The Post. "He'll be with a franchise, face his franchise, and he has the chance to be a generation-typical player – the ability to beat at home, he can take it 80 every game, whether it's a throw or a Litter is route from the backcourt, I see no holes in the guy's game, he's big enough to protect the quarterback, he's a willing blocker, all those things.
"Over the last, I would say In the last 10-12 years since Adrian Peterson came out, the only ones I think we're near Adrian in terms of rating was Todd Gurley and it's that kid. And they are even better recipients than Adrian.
Barkley reminds the NFL Network Analyst of several running backs.
"Its cutting ability, its balance – I can tell Barry [Sanders] me and Emmitt [Smith] in terms of his agility to be able of one Jump hole to the next, explode through the hole, stop on a dime, get up again. You'll see that he does all that stuff, jumping over people and keeping his balance, "Tomlinson said," When you think of power, it has the power of a Todd Gurley running through tacklers. "
" But Here's the thing that is different: I do not know if I've seen a big runningback, how Saquon can do it as he was able to do in the backfield. I was 5-11, 220 runs. But that's 230, 6-foot. He is much taller.
Tomlinson was consigned to fifth place in 2001. There is a school of thought that claims that it's still too early to create a running back with the second overall drawback.
"That's always so confusing to me. … They're trying to claim 'Oh, good running backs' life is so short and the quarterback will get you 15-20, "he said." Here's the thing: A runningback will Immediately Make Impact Day 1 He comes into your team. Could even be a Pro Bowler his first year. That quarterback will have to sit two or three years most of the time before he becomes the player you want. Of course he will play 12, 15 years. What's wrong with giving you 10 points from the first day? I assume that number 2. "
Tomlinson, who played 11 years, was asked about Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. on the field together.
" The Giants are already ready to win now, "he said "They really do have the chance to really take control of this division in the NFC East when they design Barkley. In my opinion, Saquon will give you more than Ezekiel [Elliott] gave the Cowboys. He will also give you the right stuff from the field. He will not embarrass the organization.
"Obviously, Eli [Manning] has had some problems in the last few years.The best thing for an older quarterback to get older is to take some of the pressure from him and I do not know how to do it differently could design as this kid Saquon and bring him into the backfield on day 1 and pull some pressure from Eli. "
Gold Jacket Guy
" No disrespect to [defensive end DE Bradley] Chubb, but if you look 10 years later "I can almost guarantee you that the guy who will be a generation-typical player and a guy called the Hall of Fame will be Saquon Barkley," Tomlinson said.
There is no Lawrence Taylor in this design, let alone in any design.
But maybe, just maybe, there's the LT of running backs waiting for Gettleman to change the face of the flagship franchise. Either LT.