Jordan Raanan of the Newark-Star Ledger has reported that the Giants will likely relieve Gilbride of his offensive coordinator duties with the team within the next week, as team sources have told the publication.
"There are high-ranking officials in the Giants organization that believe Gilbride will be fired, according to a source with knowledge of the organization's thinking. And the belief is that unless something surprising occurs in organizational meetings over the next week, the Giants will have a new offensive coordinator next season."
The team officials said that the regression of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was reason enough to relieve Gilbride of his duties in a season where the offense struggled to score 30 points in the season; they did so in all of one game and were also shut out in two of their 16 games this season.
Gilbride has been a long-time assistant coach and friend of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, however, the team official said that Coughlin won't put his own job on the line with team in order to save Gilbride's, so if push comes to shove despite their friendship, Coughlin will likely have no other choice but to fire Gilbride.
Gilbride started out as the Giants quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator; which is where he has been since 2007. Before then, Gilbride was the offensive coordinator under Coughlin going back to when they were with the Jacksonville Jaguars all the way back in 1995.
The move to relieve Gilbride of his coaching duties won't happen until the team hosts several organizational and coaching meetings, but once they happen, that is when the move will happen to finally let Gilbride go after seven years with the team.
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