John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin appeared on WFAN with Mike Francesa yesterday and reiterated that OC Kevin Gilbride did indeed retire and was not forced out by the team.
“To think that there’s any one individual who is responsible for the circumstances that we found ourselves in, that’s crazy. Kevin Gilbride is an excellent football coach, he’s an excellent teacher and communicator. His players do respond to him. He works very, very hard at his trade … He has made his mark on this organization.”
Coughlin also said he was willing to fight CEO John Mara over firing Gilbride, had the OC not retired. That aside, he is confident the team can get back into contention, but changes are needed and it will take some hard work.
“I would hope that the entire organization senses what John Mara said the other day, and everybody’s up on their toes…Do we have to change things? Sure. We’ve gotta get some things back in perspective and in order and start doing things with the execution and the efficiency that we’ve had here. And I believe we can do it.”
As for finding a new offensive coordinator, Coughlin said he was still compiling the list of candidates. We know former assistant Mike Sullivan is on the short list, but is he really what the Giants need?
Many feel hiring Sullivan will change little. He is practically a carbon copy of Gilbride. The Giants need to not only hire someone with a fresh approach, but upgrade at at least four positions: center, tight end, running back and guard.
If Nicks leaves, the Giants may be in the market for a top WR, too. A lot of work needed here, folks. Maybe more than can be solved over jut one offseason….