Ever since it was announced that Kevin Gilbride would retire from the NFL and step away from his duties as New York Giants offensive coordinator, the name most commonly discussed as a potential replacement has been Mike Sullivan.
Sullivan was previously with the Giants as Eli Manning's quarterbacks coach up until the 2011 season before taking the offensive coordinator job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a position he held for two years before being fired as part of the team's housecleaning following a 4-12 season under Greg Schiano.
Now, while a lot of people think it's a sure thing that Sullivan will be the next guy to take over the "broken" offense of the Giants and attempt to fix it, along with Manning, is he really the right guy for the job in 2014?
Sure, he knows the offense, he knows the personnel of the offensive unit and more importantly, knows Manning well. But there are a lot of similarities between him and Gilbride and Sullivan ran a very similar offense while running the Buccaneers offense; an offense that ended up with a 4-12 record and him out of a job.
Some in Tampa had felt that Sullivan's offensive game-plan was a bit out-dated and not in tune with the current NFL; a similar gripe that many of you Giants fans had the same gripe when it came to Gilbride and how he ran the offense, yet, this is the guy that many want to be the next offensive mastermind.
Giants co-owner John Mara stressed change for the team and especially for the offense that at times, ranked near the bottom of the league in production, so for a team that needs a bit of change, would bringing in Sullivan, who at one time was a Gilbride offensive assistant, really be instituting change or would it be more of the same old story from last year; a predictable offense that teams ended up figuring out and stopping half the time.
Maybe a Gary Kubiak or Joe Lombardi would be a much more suitable replacement as the Giants offensive coordinator as opposed to someone who has already ben here, resembles a lot of what Gilbride has done, and didn't exactly light up the league in his first go-around as a coordinator?
Before we all give Sullivan the keys to the offense in 2014, just think on this: is he truly the guy this offense, with the way everything went last year and the ties and history he has to the coaching of it from a year ago, really the right guy to run it? Sullivan might not be the "slam dunk" hire that everyone thinks he should be for the Giants.
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