The Voice of the Fan: Kevin Gilbride Must Go


I had the pleasure of obtaining tickets to Monday Night’s – Giants vs. Rams game. It was great to be at  opening night, and to share the experience with true die hard fans.

What I noticed through my scattered chit-chat and banter was one thing every Giants fan agreed on – Kevin Gilbride needs to go.

You can call him Captain Draw Play, Mr. Screen Pass, or “The Drive Killer”. All of these nicknames are suitable for the Giants offensive coordinator.  

He might be the most predictable coordinator in all of the NFL.

Trickery? Dream on. Utilizing Bradshaw and Jacobs properly? Not since the Super Bowl run. Stunting Eli’s growth? Yep, he does that just fine.

"Ok, Eli we are going to send Jacobs up the gut." "Coach, its 3rd and 12"

The 3 biggest boo’s I heard out of Mondays game were for Eli Manning, Kevin Gilbride, and Aaron Ross. All are warranted. But I do believe that the reason Eli has looked the way he has the last 2 years comes down to Gilbride’s play calling. He stripped the confidence Eli had after the Super Bowl win (along with a Plax gun shot), and has made him look like a turnover machine.

Every time the Giants get a 3rd down, I cringe. Will Brandon Jacobs get stopped again? Will the screen pass to Bradshaw actually work? Is Eli going to through the ball into the chest… of the opposing team? The fact that I think of these scenarios all the time is because they always happen. Gilbride is a plain jane coordinator who has turned Eli into a plain jane quarterback.

If the Giants plan to go anywhere this year, and the future,then they need to fire Gilbride. Jerry Reese rarely listens to the fans and rightly so, but this is a no-brainer.

If Gilbride goes, so does the offense. And by going, I mean in the right direction. Do us all a favor Jerry, pull out the pink slip.

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  • gmenhq

    while I dont disagree that the fans boo gilbride more than anything else on the team, I truly question the blind hatred. I really do…

    I’m the first to admit I used to hate Gilbrides play calling, but since 2009 the Giants have emerged as a true offensive powerhouse — in large part due to the plan they’ve altered on offense, the scheme, and the play calling.

    You see a lot less draw plays, a lot more back shoulder throws.

    You see a lot less, run run pass punt. You see more of a dynamic mix.

    You see a lot less Jacobs up the gut for a missed 3rd down pickup, a lot more deception.

    ….And these are all only true insofar as the giants have established their rythem…

    The sloppiness ultimately is a product of the offense being out of rythem, and it looks awful. boo worthy. You question the preparation, you question the talent, you question the play calls.

    but…

    when the team is IN sync and the Giants have all the rythem in the world – they look like one of the most dynamic and powerful offenses in the league. so if the team struggles in their early goings, you cannot put it all on gilbride.

    play calls vs execution, and last week there was PROGRESS over the week 1 showing across the board. I looked for them to take a step forward, and they did.

    I have a lot more qualms about the defensive secondary and their cover 2 holes than I do about the Giants offense. The offense will be in fine shape at all the critical positions, the defense currently is in bad shape at several critical positions.