Despite helping the team to win two Super Bowl championships since transitioning from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in 2007, Kevin Gilbride often bears the brunt of criticism when Big Blue struggles. But through it all, he's managed to keep a cool head and turn the Giants into an offensive juggernaut – finishing in the top-10 four years in a row. And when asked about his success, Gilbride wasn't shy about where he ranks himself amongst NFL offensive coordinators (hint: it's right at the top).
“I think I’m the best there is," Gilbride told the New York Post. “I just feel that way, in terms of knowing, getting into a flow of the game and keeping defenses off balance. Obviously, if you don’t feel that way you’re probably not being fair to your team. You’re not doing your part of the job for your players."
With two rings and one of the best offenses in the game, it's hard to believe Gilbride has not yet been pilfered by another franchise or NCAA school. And although there's been some interest in recent years, the 61-year-old Gilbride has not been offered his second chance as a head coach in the NFL; something offensive lineman Chris Snee feels he deserves.
“He certainly deserves another chance [at a head coaching position]," Snee said. “He’s over 60 now and I’m sure he realizes that time is running out."
Gilbride last acted as a head coach between 1997-1998 when he led the San Diego Chargers to a collective 6-16 record before being fired. It's the one part of his long and successful career that he'd like to cover up.
“Obviously, I would have loved to get another head [coaching] shot and think that we’ve done well enough that I would have thought and hope that it still warrants it," Gilbride said. “I got one black mark [with the Chargers] on my whole career that I would love to have a chance to expunge by being a head coach again."
It's easy to poke fun at Gilbride (see: Killdrive) when the Giants' offense struggles, but there's no denying it is more successful and powerful than many throughout the history of Big Blue. The truth is, Gilbride is very good at what he does and there's a strong chance this well-oiled machine wouldn't run without the oil (go figure). The Giants and their fans are lucky to have someone of Gilbride's caliber. Now if he'd only get rid of the shotgun draw…
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