New York Giants: Could Kevin Gilbride Have Been Forced Out?

By Andrew Lecointe
Jim O’Connor – USA Today Sports

New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has decided to retire, ending a tenure with the team that included two championships. Gilbride has had success since he took over full-time as the offensive coordinator in 2007, helping the Giants into the playoffs three times and getting the Giants to at least a .500 record in every season until this 2013 season. However, it’s this 2013 season that had many fans calling for his job.

It didn’t seem likely head coach Tom Coughlin was going to part ways with Gilbride at all. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars when Coughlin was the head coach there. Coughlin is loyal to Gilbride, but rumors have floated about management approaching Coughlin about Gilbride’s job. He may have saved everyone the trouble by retiring on his own, but it may have come amid pressure that he was going to be fired.

The organization, Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning has had nothing but good things to say about Gilbride in his retirement, but the organization isn’t letting on if they wanted him out or not. Manning is loyal as well, realizing this is the coordinator who helped him to two championships and two Super Bowl MVPs. However, it is clear Manning and the offense need change as they became too comfortable and the results just weren’t there.

San Diego Chargers‘ quarterback Philip Rivers benefited this season from a change in offensive philosophy when head coach Norv Turner was let go last season. Mike McCoy, formerly the offensive coordinator for quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, was hired as the new head coach.

Ken Whisenhunt was brought in to be the offensive coordinator, and Rivers has had a bounce-back season. Manning could definitely use a change in offensive philosophy as there is a good chance he’ll benefit the same way Rivers has.

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