No executive in professional sports has taken more heat the past year than New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. His unpopular moves, his unorthodox style and his adamant defense of his beliefs and actions have made him a popular target for trolls, pundits, fans and wannabe analysts.

The lampooning of Gettleman has been non-stop since he traded away the team’s generational receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., to the Cleveland Browns for a package of young players, and allowed Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins to simply walk out the door in free agency without making even a cursory contract offer.

Giants co-owner John Mara, not very popular among fans himself these days, is 100 percent in Gettleman’s corner and believes the tide is turning favorably for his franchise.

“I think the best thing for me about Dave is he makes decisions that he feels are in the best interest of the franchise and he doesn’t give a damn what people think about it, be it the media, or be it fans, or anybody. He has the courage of his convictions, and you have to have that,” Mara told reporters on Tuesday. “He’s set about to try and rebuild this team and change the culture a bit in the locker room. I think, as I said before, our last two draft classes were pretty strong, and that’s what gives me confidence going forward. I think we’re moving in the right direction. Again, until we start winning games, it’s hard to sell people on that notion, but that’s what I believe.”

It was just as difficult for Mara to part ways with talented players as it was for Gettleman, but he feels in the end it will benefit the greater good of the franchise.

“I wouldn’t say I had any — there was never any doubt in Dave’s ability or in what his motivation was, or what his skill level was. You don’t like to see all that talent go out the door, but let’s face it, we had one winning season in ’16 and the other five or six years, nothing, not since we won the last Super Bowl, so we needed some drastic changes. Again, he had the courage of his convictions, he knew they would be unpopular moves, but he went and made them anyway,” he said.

We’ll see how he feels about Gettleman should the Giants log in another losing season.

“We need to win some games. I want to feel like at the end of the season we’re moving in the right direction. I’m not going to say it has to be a minimum number of games that we have to win, or we have to make the playoffs. I want to feel when I’m walking off the field after the last game of the season, whenever that is, that this franchise is headed in the right direction. That’s, to me, the most important thing,” Mara concluded.