Rumors swirled after the season ended was that the Giants and the 62-year-old Gilbride would part ways (Raanan).
After the season ended, Giants CEO John Mara said changes were looming for the Giants’ offense, calling it “broken,” and saying, “we need to fix it.” Mara also stated the team cannot go into next season with the “same personnel.”
An official announcement is expected soon.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterRetire, huh? A soft euphemism for being shown the door. I’m surprised they didn’t tack on that he wanted to spend more time with his family, too. This outcome was the easiest for all to swallow – a face saver for the team and integrity-maintainer for Tom Coughlin and his friend.
No shocker, however. Someone had to be sacrificed this offseason and since Coughlin was clearly not going to fall on his sword, Gilbride got the Sal Tessio treatment.
This paves the way for the Giants to bring back Mike Sullivan, a longtime Coughlin confidant going back to the Jacksonville days.
Sullivan was the Giants’ WR coach from 2004-09 and the QB coach from 2010-11. He left the Giants in 2012 to become the OC of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Greg Schiano, who was canned in Tampa’s end-of-season housecleaning. Sullivan has still not been officially relieved of his duties, but he is not expected to be retained by new Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith.