Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Gilbride Likely Out as Giants Offensive Coordinator

New York Giants owner John Mara feels that Big Blue's offense is "broken." Two weeks ago coach Tom Coughlin called the unit "pathetic."

So it comes as little surprise that reports that surfaced a week ago that Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was at risk of losing his job could be coming to fruition.

A report by the Newark Star Ledger has revealed that Big Blue is going to make some changes to the offense because of the units overall failure this season. The changes could come down in the next couple days.

The tipping point of course is the regression of quarterback Eli Manning, who had a horrendous season, leading the league in interceptions with 27. In addition, the Giants receiving corps came under fire with Hakeem Nicks and Ruben Randell having poor seasons. Big Blue couldn't get their ground game moving either, interchanging between David Wilson, Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs at running back. All of those issues fall on the offensive coordinator who couldn't get this unit to play well.

This will be a difficult and important move for Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whom, the report says won't put his own career in jeopardy for Gilbride. That is big news, because Coughlin's relationship with Gilbride is one paved through Jacksonville, when Gilbride was Coughlin's offensive coordinator for the Jaguars from 1995-1996. Coughlin is a guy notorious for having steep loyalty to his coordinators, but it looks like Coughlin won't stand in the way.

Nor should he.

Coughlin is the oldest coach in the league, and while he is returning for 2014, the Giants are not willing to give him an extension. It has been assumed all year that Coughlin would be allowed to decide his future beyond next season.

2014 will be a must win situation for the two-time Super Bowl winner whether its fair or not. The Giants have missed the playoffs two straight years since winning the Super Bowl in 2011.

Gilbride will be the first of many dominos that will fall in the coming weeks and months as the Giants try to regroup from this 2013 disaster of a season.

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