New York Giants: Never Too Early To Fire Kevin Gilbride

By Andrew Lecointe
Jim O’Connor – USA Today Sports

There were only two bright spots on the offensive end in the big loss for the New York Giants against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 69-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz showed that the Giants’ passing game is still potent when Manning has time and the receivers are allowed to get down the field. The other bright spot, offensively, was the two-minute drive the Giants had, which resulted in a missed field goal and a blown opportunity.

For the most part, the Giants’ offense did nothing, despite opportunities presenting themselves. Many people may look at the final score and think the defense was bad again. However, they forced three turnovers, in which the offense failed to capitalize. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has failed to recognize the strengths and weaknesses on offense. Therefore, he must be fired.

Last year, the Baltimore Ravens were mired in a slump, offensively, which resulted in a three-game losing streak and a lot of questions. The Ravens ended up firing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and the Ravens played better offensively from that point on and eventually won the Super Bowl. The move was not easy to make, but it had to be made.

Gilbride and head coach Tom Coughlin are friends, and Gilbride was the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars for two seasons under Coughlin. However, tough decisions must be made at times, and this one needs to be made. There is simply no reason for the Giants to not trust Manning with more responsibility at the line of scrimmage, and a slow pace just isn’t working for the Giants.

Gilbride’s playbook seems to be dated about 20 years, so the Giants need an offensive philosophy that requires a quicker pace and more of a spread alignment. The Giants still believe in David Wilson, as they should, because of his speed. However, he needs to be in space and run plays with two tight ends; crowding the middle with extra blockers just hasn’t helped the running game.

If Gilbride isn’t willing to change his offensive philosophy this week in practice, he must be gone,before the offense suffers anymore.

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