After the pathetic performance by the New York Giants‘ offense the past two weeks, Tom Coughlin has no choice but to hand offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride his pink slip.
Whether you believe Gilbride was instrumental in developing Eli Manning into the quarterback he is today or not, the fact remains is Gilbride has a completely unimaginative offensive mind and continues to make bone-headed play calls in important situations.
When he called a Shotgun draw to fullback Henry Hynoski on a 2nd-and-12 in the second quarter, I almost broke my laptop. Gilbride just doesn’t know when to make adjustments and is incapable of reacting positively when the offense struggles.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why he continued to call plays with deep-step drops with the offensive line struggling the way they did. Manning had no time to throw all game long and Gilbride subjected him to severe punishment by not adjusting the play-calling. Short-step drops, short to intermediate routes would have worked, but we’ll never know because he refused to stop going for the deep plays.
Going for the deep play is fine, but when you can’t give Manning time to find receivers or time for the receivers to actually run the deep routes, it’s all moot.
Coughlin is one of the better coaches in the league, but two of his major flaws are being loyal to coaches and players who do not produce and not being able to motivate his players. David Diehl is the worst offensive lineman in the league but he continues to play, and Gilbride is (at best) one of the worst coordinators in the league.
With all the talent the Giants have, there is no excuse for the effort they gave the past two weeks. Coughlin needs to change things up on his staff. They’ll never win another Super Bowl if they stay on the current course.