Apparently there will be wholesale changes after all. A day after former Giants' executive Dave Gettleman returned to the organization to take over as general manager, he got to work on changing the direction of the franchise. Gettleman's first major move is the firing of Marc Ross, who has been the Giants' vice president of player evaluation for the past five years. "I worked with Marc when I was with the organization before," Gettleman said in a statement. "I have great respect for him and high regard for his work. Clearly, we're going in a different direction, but that doesn't make these kinds of decisions any easier." It's not shocking that Ross was given his walking papers, but the timing of his dismissal is a surprise. Ross heads the scouting department that has spent the past eight months preparing for the 2018 draft. Those efforts have intensified with the Giants in position to have the No. 2 overall pick, so the expectation was that any changes in the scouting department wouldn't take place until after the draft in late April. Ross was tied closely to former general manager Jerry Reese, who was fired on Dec. 4. Five months after being promoted to GM in 2007, Reese hired Ross as the Giants' director of college scouting. Ross served in that role for six years before getting promoted to VP of player of evaluation in 2013.