The New York Giants reached a dubious goal on Sunday in their embarrassing 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Not only was it the second time they were shutout on offense this season — the first was back in Week 3 in a 38-0 blowout loss to the Carolina Panthers — but out of the 32 teams, the Giants were the only team to be shutout on the scoreboard in Week 15.
Think about that for a second. The Giants (5-9), who don't even possess the worst record in the NFC much less in the NFL, watched as 31 other teams in the league were able to put points on the board (14 games played on Sunday), yet in two games this season, the Giants laid a goose egg. There is no excuse for this kind of effort from the offense and while a lot of fingers are being pointed, one person deserves the majority of the blame: offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
Last season, the Giants were a top-10 offense in the league that showed a ton of potential if they had all of their offensive weapons healthy and on the field, but this season, even with most of them healthy and available, the Giants offense has looked like anything but the explosive one that the league saw last season and for a brief moment in Week 1 three months ago.
Instead of watching Eli Manning guide the offense down the field and getting the ball to his play-makers like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, it's been opposing defensive coordinators figuring out a very lackluster offense and being able to game-plan what Glibride is calling and shutting them down. Since Week 1 back in September where the Giants put up 31 points against the Dallas Cowboys, the best effort the Giants were able to put up was 27 points against the Green Bay Packers a few weeks ago. And over the last two weeks, you've seen the Giants put up 14 points against the inconsistent San Diego Chargers and then nothing against the Seahawks; who very well may be coming back to New Jersey come February to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.
This hasn't been the first time where Gilbride's lack of imagination and predictability has killed the Giants offense, as it has been going on since he took over seven years ago. Last season, you saw his ineptness at calling plays in Weeks 15 and 16 in losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens in what were considered must-win situations to keep the Giants playoff hopes alive, and the offense sputtered terribly. This season, it's been the same of Gilbride's ineffectiveness to call the right plays all year long and the last two games against the Chargers and Seahawks have shown that Gilbride is not the right guy to be calling this offense.
Manning needs a new voice and a new vision from someone else calling the offense in order to have a bounce-back season in 2014 because while he's had previous success with Gilbride as his play-caller, especially for two Super Bowl wins, it's not working with Gilbride anymore. With explosive weapons like Nicks, Cruz, Randle and others, there's no excuse why this offense should be getting held to 20-24 points per games on most nights, and in some cases, 14 points or less like they did in the last two weeks.
While Tom Coughlin wouldn't publicly call out his long-time friend and coach in Gilbride, his calling of the offense "pathetic" on Sunday exemplifies just how Giants fans feel about the offense in 2013 and how Gilbride has ran the offense and after the season is over, a much needed and long overdue change is needed on who runs the offense next season.
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