One thing you don't get is the fact that if the G.M. isn't a people's person then that could possibly trickle down to the players. No one wants to play for a team that disrespects players or mislead players. Football is a team sport so if the G.M. isn't building that team chemistry and team infastructure then the house could come down. Tampa Bay felt the effects from their head coach.
The man could be the best talent searcher in the world but if no one is respecting him and the players don't have confidence that the Panthers is a place they can comfortably call home, then him being a good evaluator is pointless because only old washed up players will come here for the vet minimum and potential talents will come here to strengthen their resume' for a one year deal then they will leave.
So the title's not a typo? You actually think "people's person" is a real phrase?
Might I suggest you check out the sweet, good natured guy running the New England Patriots? See he's not exactly a "people's person" either (and yet somehow players still sign there).
It's...a...business. And Gettleman is running it like one, which is what successful team's do.