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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