Will New York Giants Keep Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride?
The New York Giants have an offseason filled with tough decisions to look forward to. On Monday, New York’s front office said time and again that they would like to have head coach Tom Coughlin back next season. However, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride did not seem to get the same vote of confidence across the board.
Owner John Mara reportedly expressed his frustrations with the offense and even called it a “broken” unit. He talked about how changes have to be made yet also discussed the importance of “stability” within a franchise. Perhaps more light will be shed on Thursday as Coughlin is set to meet with Mara and general manager Jerry Reese.
Both Coughlin and Eli Manning have said that they are fully behind Gilbride and would like him to remain the offensive coordinator. Coaches usually have lots of say when determining who the team hires as their coordinators. If the Giants really want to push Gilbride out, it will be interesting to see how Coughlin responds. After all, he only has one more year left on his contract. Although Coughlin has said that he wants to coach, a fundamental change in his staff could force him to rethink things.
Gilbride has been New York’s offensive coordinator since 2007 and has been with the team since 2004. He has won two Super Bowls with the Giants, but the past two seasons have been colossal disappointments. This year, New York finished with the 19th-ranked passing game in the NFL and the 29th-ranked rushing game. In a year where the Giants struggled in many areas, the majority of the team’s failures could be located on the offensive side of the football.