With all of the people calling for his head, you would expect New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to have at least some concern over his job safety heading into the final three games of the season. After all, the Giants rank near the bottom of the league in almost all statistical offensive categories and their 5-8 records sets them up for their worst finish since 2004.
But despite all of that, Gilbride says he has absolutely no concern over his job security and fully anticipates returning in 2014. He even tells the New York Post that decision-makers shouldn't point the fingers at him over the rapid decline in offensive production, vaguely citing a number of other "reasons" why there has been season-long futility.
“Certainly, because you’re been around you know the realities of the business, but do you give it any credence or thought? No,” Gilbride said. “Because you know and you think the people that are making judgments will recognize and are cognizant of the reasons why things aren’t as well as they should be.”
Those reasons, which Gilbride failed to elaborate on, could be any number of things, but are likely reflective of the major injury problems Big Blue has had on the offensive side of the ball this season. They are currently without starting and back-up centers, David Baas and Jim Cordle, guard Chris Snee, fullback Henry Hynoski and running backs David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs. They've also seen wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fight through some injuries, while running back Andre Brown suffered a broken leg during the preseason and started the year on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
And it's not as if Gilbride doesn't have support. In fact, one of his leading cheerleaders is quarterback and captain, Eli Manning.
“New isn’t always the answer,” Manning told The Post. “I think we’re well-coached and we have a good scheme. It’s just a matter of, we got to execute a little bit better.”
Whether all of that will be enough for Gilbride to keep his job remains to be seen, but it really wouldn't be overly shocking if the 2014 season came and Tom Coughlin, Kevin Gilbride and Perry Fewell were all still leading the way.
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