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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Still Believes in Kevin Gilbride and His Offensive System

December 17th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Despite calling the entire offensive production on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks "pathetic," New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin isn't throwing the towel in on his players or his coaching staff, especially his offensive coaches.

A lot of the blame for the Giants offensive woes has fallen on the shoulders of Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and some have wondered if he will be around with the team or not in 2014 due to his struggles to run the offense and call a consistent game for a unit that was supposed to rank near the top of the NFL this season, but has struggled to put up at least 20 points each week.

On Monday, after the Giants were shut out on offense for the second time this season in a 23-0 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, Coughlin came to the defense of his long-time friend and coach in Gilbride and says he still believes in what he will run and call on the field for the offense.

"Yes, oh yeah. You know, certainly it hasn't been a connect all the dots from Day One type of a year, but Kevin's a pro, he's been around, he's done this a long time," Coughlin said. "We've tried to find ways to take advantage of things. It hasn't been easy."

The effectiveness of Gilbride as an offensive coordinator and play caller has come under question for many years; dating all the way back to when he was first fired as the offensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers (a sideline spat with Buddy Ryan could have had some influence in that decision as well.)

Gilbride has been the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills; both jobs he was terminated from before landing with the Giants in 2004, first as the quarterbacks coach and then taking over as the offensive coordinator in 2007 for John Hufnagel. Gilbride was also the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995-1996 with Coughlin and was able to get the head coaching job of the San Diego Chargers in 1997, but was fired after 1998 following a 6-16 record.

Despite Coughlin's loyalties to Gilbride, it still remains that Gilbride's offense is very stale and too much out of the 1980's whereas the NFL has evolved and coaches are able to predict what the Giants and Gilbride is calling and if push comes to shove, it might finally be the undoing of the 62-year-old as a coach in the league.

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5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Still Believes in Kevin Gilbride and His Offensive System”

  1.  William says:

    Please dont be duped into believing that KG’s removal is the key to success for next year. All that is doing is masking the other great issue with this team in Perry “Cover 2 ” Fewell. While KG replacement might be a breath of fresh air for Eli that would leave the defense lead by a style that is unwatchable as a fan and guarantees mediocre results.
    I go back to a single play from the San Diego beat down. How soon we forget. Third n long, already losing 10-0 and the Bolts inside our 45. Obvious passing down and we bring in D. Moore as the joker to bolster what most humans on the planet would think some sort of blitz package. At the snap we trick ourselves with the crafty just rush 3 guys and drop the rookie rusher into coverage. A real NFL QB in Rivers easily avoids the pathetic rush slides left, buys enough time for coffee and a nosh of cake and hits a receiver just pass the first down sticks. A few plays later TD Bolts, game basically over.
    So lets review the “INSANITY” of that defensive call:
    -who in their right mind doesn’t blitz in that exact situation or at the very least bring the minimun in four players????????????????????????????????
    -who actually thinks that at this level in the NFL that given unlimited time that a QB can still be overwhelmed with people in coverage????????????? Is it no surprise that all our wins came against poor passing QB’s this year where this insane theory can only work. Sure against RG3 and Josh Freeman it works but not so much versus Rivers, Romo, Rodgers etc.
    -By the San Diego game we were out of playoffs so would you not want to explore the talent of rookies who can help you next year like Moore. We have been subtely told hes not picking up the defense to get playing time but he has shown a knack for pass rushing. So you bring him in and have him do the exact thing you told us he can’t do which is something other than pass rush? Why not drop Kiawanuka the former LB into coverage and let the rookie do what he does best at this point in the learning curve?? Plus you get to see what you have in him for next year.
    - I can think of no situation other than at the end of a game while in prevent (and we as fans know how that usually pans out) that any other defensive coordinator rushes only 3 guys. Its a mind bending call with the ball inside your 40 and speaks volume of why we struggle to get above mediocrity.
    - it also speaks volumes to why we struggle at “home”, what faN base gets excited when the home team on a big 3rd n long stop rush 3 people. Do we ever see people rush 3 versus Eli or better put in that same exact situation do we ever see people not blitz with 5-6 players against Eli.
    - if for some bizarre reason you actually like “cover 2 ” then you need ball hawking guys on defense and superb special teams to help with the loss of field position. Somebody needs to tell JR to add some of these type players and TC needs to hire a real special teams coach both of which have never happened.
    Bottomline: I will be happy to watch draw plays all day long next year rather than sit thru another season of the wimp **** idiotic defensive system from Perry fewell.

  2.  Dirt says:

    Eli’s second best season (as measured by wins) was his first full year, with Hufnagel as OC. In 7 opportunities under the leadership of Killdrive, they’ve only surpasssed that amount, in a passing league, with a much more experienced QB, ONCE.

    ONE TIME they had more wins than Eli’s first full year.

    •  JimStoll says:

      well, I’ve been saying forever the coaching stinks; but it starts at the top
      you can’t disassociate coughlin from his coordinators
      he hires them
      he hires theri philosophies because they are his philosophies
      the only time that was arguably different was with Spagnola who by most reports was shoved down Tom’s throat

      and we all know how that turned out

      but if Tom is going nowhere – and by all accounts he is not – neither are his coordinators

      so unless we get shutout both of the next two weeks, losing in such hideously embarrassing fashion that John Mara acts from emotion and pulls the plug instantly, we all should get off of the coordinator firing fantasy and focus on FA and the Draft

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Well put Jim and correct. I remember this owner cautioned last year that he wanted a more physical presents from both the offensive and defensive line.

    Mara is watching and being filled in by his sources. When he said the O-line needed help presto, Pugh. I think Mara is totally disgusted with this year’s pending results. If this (Coughlin’s) act falls apart vs Detroit, and Washington the broom is coming out. Mara doesn’t speak often. So the next time he answers up about his impressions of the team and season stand by.
    He won’t say anything for the remainder of the season. He has too much class and a substantial respect for Coughlin as he should.

    At the appropriate time, he will simply say what bothers him, and Rees will follow suit in the draft, the free agent market and with the TURK. That’s how it works if football, and life in general. The boss dictates, and what he says more often than not goes.

    One thing is for sure. No owner and GM can truthfully appraise the offensive line, tight end and receiver performance and not make major changes. You can’t ignore that by adding one man to a defense, you can engender fighting spirit and pride. You have to conclude that you need more players of that ilk on your team. I’m speaking of Jon Beason and linebackers in general.

    Mara might demand the team become younger and more aggressive on both sides of the ball. But one thing is for sure, what he says needs to change will most definitely change. No two ways about that $7!+.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Both of you nailed this. I am as guilty as the next guy of fantasizing that a new regime is coming, they are not, we are stuck with these guys.

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