New York Giants longtime offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, plans to announce his retirement per FoxSport1’s Mike Garafolo.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 2, 2014
Kevin Gilbride has been on the Giants coaching staff since Tom Coughlin arrived in 2004, first as quarterbacks coach, and then as offensive coordinator beginning in 2007. Although his play-calling has been maddening at times, especially to fans, he did oversee Eli Manning’s development and architect an offense which helped bring the Giants two Super Bowls.
However, with the offense stagnating over the past couple of years (this year, especially) it has been rumored that Gilbride would eventually be fired this offseason. At 62 years of age, it sounds like instead of being unceremoniously let go, Gilbride will instead opt for retirement. Although I have been a big critic of Gilbride, at times, I wish him all the best in his retirement and thank him for helping bring home two Lombardi trophies.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the rest of the coaching staff, especially on the offensive side where Gilbride’s son (also named Kevin) serves as wide receivers coach.
As for possible candidates to take over the soon to be vacant offensive coordinator position for the Giants, recently fired Buccaneers offensive coordinator, and former Giants wide receiver and quarterbacks coach under Gilbride, Mike Sullivan is a hot name.