Kevin Gilbride

Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to retire

Kevin Gilbride will announce his retirement from coaching (Garafolo, Orr).

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 Writer

Retire, 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.

71 comments
Patrick Carney
Patrick Carney

Too many Eli Manning nightmares keeping him awake at night.

Thomas Terrero
Thomas Terrero

I think he was paid off by the pats lol, cuz he was making calls there that didn't make any sense

psinap1
psinap1

If he truly felt the need to retire because of the typical reasons a guy his age retires, it might explain the lack of "freshness" and "creativity" in his offense. Either way it was a good run that led to two Super Bowls.

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

I think the new oc could be interesting....when tom retires prob next year, we will need a new coach who will bring his own oc. Now having 2 diff oc in 2 years is a mess imo.

They may try to hire an oc who will take over for tom. Just a thought.

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

Why wouldn't Sullivan have been announced as Gilbride's replacement right away?  Makes me think something else could possibly be in the works.

Kevin LaFaso
Kevin LaFaso

Gilbride was always an overrated OC yes there were injries but he never adjusted kept trying 40 yards passes no short pass game

Phil Bellino
Phil Bellino

I cant believe how many people on here are so happy and excited to see him go.  I was personally divided whether he should go or not, but either way I appreciate what he did here and realize hes a big part of what the Coughlin era has achieved.  I understand people wanted him fired but don't get the jubilation and crazy excitement with the "YES" and "Thank GOD!" comments.  This guy was good coordinator who had a bad year.  I just don't understand all the excited comments, like this guy did nothing for us.  It could be a move in the right direction, but either way Im disappointed to see a long time tenured coach with 2 rings leave.  SHow the mna some appreciation at least

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

OK for all you fans whose your new OC? Sometimes you better be careful what you wish for.

Damon Evans
Damon Evans

Wow so that's how they avoid firing him? Way to go mgmt!

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Thanks for helping with our 2 bowls, have a great retirement well deserved. Keep it classy people it wasn't all his fault you gotta look at the talent around him. You should all be taking your frustrations out on Reese and the players.

Not Gilbride fault the great GM ignored the OL for far to long. Not Gilbride fault Nicks has been either hurt or MIA the last two years. He didn't draft super bust David Wilson. He didn't sign Kevin Baas who couldn't stay on the field for more then 2 games in a row.

Gilbride gets some blame for lack of creativity but this is more about the GM.

chasesimms
chasesimms

No offensive line + injured RB's = early retirement for OC's.

chasesimms
chasesimms

I am curious to see what Coughlin says about this.  I'm guessing he is not happy and most likely feels that his friend was pushed out the door.   

kappyesq
kappyesq

Definitely needed. With the change in the CBA which significantly limits the amount of times teams practice during the offseason, his offensive schemes that rely on timing & reads will suffer. To be successful under his offense, it is expected that WRs & QBs spend A LOT of time working together in the offseason. Unfortunately, you just can't expect the primmadonna players of today to do that. The Giants need an OC who will be just as aggressive as KG, but also play more to Eli's attributes.

As for him "retiring," I don't buy it & I don't think many people do. With that being said, the Giants weren't going to outright fire him because he has been a huge part of the last 2 Super Bowls. If they fired him it would cause the media to make a bigger deal than it should be, knowing Coughlin's devotion to his assistants. It needed to be this way. If the Giants don't make the playoffs next year, I expect Coughlin will "retire" as well.

cole3244
cole3244

looks like john mara got the job done after all, thanks john.

now on to a more innovative thinker calling the plays and making the opposing d have to play the whole field.

Kenneth L. James
Kenneth L. James

I feel Mike Sullivan coming aboard as Offensive Coordinator!

Michael Weil
Michael Weil

Now he can go out looking for Buddy Ryan and finally land a counter-punch on the ol' coot!

Jesse Chin
Jesse Chin

Good riddance to bad offensive coordinators

dannym28
dannym28

@chasesimms he is a professional and understands how to handle this situation. 

STheKid19
STheKid19

@laurengeld Speaking of which, some idiot QB managed to throw a pick in last year's pro bowl... who was that?

STheKid19
STheKid19

@laurengeld Never said I wanted to do so. BTW, hope your Giants players enjoy Honolulu...

STheKid19
STheKid19

@laurengeld Yeah. On a better note; who are you pulling for on Saturday, Saints or my Eagles?