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New York Giants’ Kevin Gilbride not Concerned with Job Security; Expects to Return in 2014

December 13th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

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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Tags: Andre Brown, Brandon Jacobs, Chris Snee, David Baas, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Henry Hynoski, Kevin Gilbride, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Tom Coughlin

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15 Responses to “New York Giants’ Kevin Gilbride not Concerned with Job Security; Expects to Return in 2014”

  1.  Richard Riccardi says:

    oh how i pray to the football gods he is not back with us ever again

  2.  skinnydoogan says:

    Well there you have it. Clearly he is being endorsed behind the scenes. Same crew will be back next year for another round of bufoonery.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, I’d love to see him explain why it makes perfect sense to keep running all these option patterns when obviously it has led directly to a good number of interceptions (a problem since the day he arrived) and he no longer has the big play capability he had when there was an offensive line that could give Eli a long enough time to release the ball on the plays designed to generate long gains or a defense creating large numbers of turnovers.

    It’s easy to say “We had injuries and we’re not executing well.” It’s a lot harder to admit you need to adapt, do it on the fly, and make it work. The best managements are acutely aware of their environment; extremely realistic about strengths, weaknesses and competitive advantages; and constantly adapting to the conclusions drawn from the above. I think this entire staff fails that test.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      By the way, before others chime in….of course, other teams run option patterns too. But Gilbride’s decision trees are far more complicated than most. There lies the problem. He needs 3-4 year veterans to make his system work well.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I think Gillbride did adapt but we just weren’t successful. We don’t have great underneath targets nor does Eli throw great short passes. I don’t feel like Gillbride did a bad job this year. But the fact if we weren’t successful like we have been through most of his tenure since the middle of last year. So if we change OCs I think there’s enough justification to do so. But I also don’t he has to go. I view him a lot like I do TC. KG has been here for all of our success just like TC. KG is not perfect but has been very good overall. Maybe it’s just time for a change for both. Especially since it appears neither will be here for the rest of Eli’s career.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Luzz – I do think it’s harder to evaluate player like Mosley and Robinson if Nassib is in the game. From holding the ball to lack of pocket presence to not being in the right play. I think it’s harder to evaluate young players. I really don’t think Nassib is important to our success in 2014 so I don’t need to see him. Yeah we are all curious about Nassib but I’m worried about 2014 right now. If Eli is out we are in serious trouble anyway remember Painter is our backup this year. Yes, we need Nassib to be our backup next year just for the extra roster spot and some playing time probably can’t hurt. But Nassib will be evaluated more on this offseason and against vet and maybe late round competition.

    •  LUZZ says:

      We’ve probably spent enough time on this topic. I guess we just disagree. I happen to think having a back-up QB that can actually win a game or two is important. I understand your point about who cares about having a quality back-up because if Eli goes down we are screwed anyway.

      My point is if Eli goes on IR, yes, we’re screwed. But if he misses a stretch of 3 or 4 games, we can’t just decide not to compete in them, we’ll need to find a way to win some of those games.

      My crystal ball tells me that Painter will not be the back-up next year and that Nassib will since that is why he was drafted while there were still quality players on the board. Since he will likely be in that role, it would be nice to get him some reps now.

      Look at 2 teams this year that had to rely on their back-ups for a stretch.

      Bears lost their franchise QB but got quality play from their back-up and are in the hunt.

      Packers lose their franchise QB and were completely caught with their pants down, and might blow a nice 5-2 start of the season as a result. Packers could have made a nice run deep into post season had they had a reliable back-up. Rodgers is due to come back now, but it might not matter since their QB play was so bad behind him.

      we will have to disagree about the importance of a back-up that can play.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    I liked buljos’ analysis on the previous thread. Of course these coach’s decisions aren’t made based on pure systems analysis or probability mathematics. There’s a large emotional component to it. There is Coughlin’s pride, his determination to be a winner, his desire to teach his players that doing their best and sticking together in adversity is the main thing, that preparation (meaning: “show me something in practice that forces me to play you”) leads to success, etc. Those are all virtues. There’s also the fact that TC comes from the Parcells Coaching Tree. And whatever else you think of Bill Parcells, one thing is certain: he had “his guys” to whom he was incredibly loyal and then had a bunch of what he considered JAGs and other “expendables” who were considered exactly what players were in those days: assets to be used up until they needed to be discarded. The NFL was a different league back then. The health of the players was not paramount in most coaches’ minds. They didn’t worry about the long term because they assumed most of the players were “just passing through”. Tom Coughlin learned coaching approaches from Parcells, and that approach was one where the possibility of injury was considered not worth paying attention (LT and Carson, his two main “guys” were frequently thrown into games at what Parcells knew was a lot less than decent health, and playing hurt, even seriously hurt, was what bought loyalty from him). I’ll bet that above all else Tom Coughlin values Eli for suiting up for every game regardless of the aches and pains. And he probably views him much as Parcells viewed LT and Carson. You don’t take them out unless they can’t walk, and the players would have it no other way.

    Is that smart from a strategic point of view? I certainly have my doubts. But the relationship between a coach and a player when the crunch comes is a delicate thing and the coach must make sure that his player believes in himself and knows that coach thinks he can do ANYTHING when it comes time to make that one play that makes all the difference. It took BELIEF on Eli’s part to make the escape he made against the Pats in Arizona that led to The Helmet Catch. It took BELIEF on his part to make the throw he made to Manningham in Indy.

    So while I don’t think I would risk Eli in a meaningless situation, I can see why TC thinks it necessary. I can see why Eli doesn’t want to sit. He wants his coach confirmed in his belief that he’s a warrior. My argument for playing the young players in place of Boothe, and Diehl, and Webster, and Pascoe have nothing to do with risk and systems analysis. It has everything to do with seeing if youngsters can fulfill future needs that are NOT being currently fulfilled by the players who are getting the game snaps. I’d let Eli play most of the next three games, but I’d get Mosley, Hosley, Robinson, Moore, and Hankins (an exception because the veterans are doing great at DT but Hankins desperately needs snaps so he can be evaluated) in the games at what would seem to me not such a great loss as long as they are not used simultaneously and Mosley’s use doesn’t put Eli in jeopardy.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      +1000

      It’s why I think the Redskins are crazy for sitting RG3, that’s just not how you play football. It’s why teams regularly lose in the playoff that rest players the last game or two. I think SD actually did Denver a favor because know they will play probably have to play the rest of regular season and for the same reasons Seattle lost to SF helps them.

      I also think we don’t know how TC thinks in this situation because we haven’t been in it but one game since 2006. Only the last game in 2009 was meaningless. This is a new situation with TC and having a franchise QB in his prime. I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays more younger players than we generally expect. We all hope he does.

      •  James Stoll says:

        FF. In my humble opinion, the big difference between Parcells and Coughlin, was that Bill got more out of his players than their talent suggested; Tom gets less. That is why I think we are perennially at or about .500, barely in the playoff picture. The team has always seemed to have a lot of talent and yet it routinely lays eggs, stinky eggs. That ismy principal gripe with this staff.

        This year is different to a degree. This year we just don’t have the talent along the entire offensive line plus the TE which makes the entire offense anemic. It also exposes Eli’s limitations-he’s just not the guy who can make steak out of hash (his 2011 season was with far better personnel as it turns out.

        But certainly the above article suggests everyone will be back so at least right now 2014 looks like it ought to be 2013 all over again if not worse. If we lose Nicks we know we’ll head into 2014 with only Cruz and Randal. Cruz will be eliminated through double team’s; Randal looks to be forever inconsistent and a 3d receiver only; anyone new we bring in will be a first year student in the Gilbride PhD receiving program, and we know what that means.

        The o-line will be a scary prospect. So much is needed and at least right now there seems a good prospect that we will start 2014 with Baas Snee and Diehl back in the harness. That bodes poorly.

        And what SD showed us is that the defense, at least as coached by PF, really does stink. They feasted on 3d string QBs during the middle of the season, but once a real QB got them — ouch!

        Given Gilbride’s comments, can an extension fir TC be far behind?

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Gilbride. Just kill yourself.

    Sorry for Cyber Bullying the Walrus, Dan.

  7.  skinnydoogan says:

    From what little I have seen of Mosley, it looks like we may have something there, he certainly cannot be worse than Diehl at this point. I agree with what you say FF55. Hosley also looks to have a lot of abilities, he just finds himself “dog housed” by Coughlin. I have to believe at this point, either Robinson is flat out horrible, or horribly injured.

  8.  James Stoll says:

    Dan Benton. Knowing the raw and tender state of our emotions, how could you print an article so depressing in it’s content?

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