While we all recognize that new coordinators prefer to bring in their own guys as well as their own playbooks — and heaven knows, the Giants need a fresh voice in the offensive meetings — there is still a sadness about Pope’s departure.
Well-regarded tight ends coach Mike Pope is out after two stints and a total of 23 seasons with the team. “These are very difficult decisions,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
“I think this is the best coach for the job,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “With his experiences, I think he brings a lot to the table. Our players are going to be excited to hear what he has to say.”
The man who will be in charge of revitalizing Eli Manning’s career is the same coach who helped Aaron Rodgers maintain his excellence.
The Giants insist former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride made the decision to retire on his own. But let’s just say it could have been a much, much different scene.
In scouring the NFL for a new OC, now that Kevin Gilbride has retired under the impending threat of involuntary termination, the Giants must find someone who is compatible with Eli Manning. That’s first and foremost.
“…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.”
“He has been with me from Day 1 as my quarterbacks coach and then my coordinator,” Manning said. “He really taught me everything I needed to learn to become an NFL quarterback.”
Kevin Gilbride, the longtime offensive coordinator who won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, retired Thursday.
Wednesday is as good a day as any to lay out five real truths concerning our two football teams. No phony resolutions, but real things that have happened or need to be done in order to avoid a repeat of a sad, unproductive 2013.
The Giants co-owner spoke Monday about the many shortcomings of the team, including the offensive line, but did not point the blame at coach Tom Coughlin or general manager Jerry Reese.
The New York Giants missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, compiling a 7-9 record in 2013. It was only the second losing record under the leadership of Tom Coughlin as Giants head coach, who took command of the team in 2004. As the franchise’s leadership met the media after the final game of the season, one question was seemingly answered, while several other questions remained unanswered.
Kevin Gilbride may have coached his last game as the Giants’ offensive coordinator.
“I’m just a young guy in this business,” the 67-year-old Coughlin said Monday during his season-ending press conference. “And everyone wants to know what’s next for me. I hope it’s coaching the New York Giants.”
The New York Giants limped past the lifeless Washington Redskins 20-6 in the rainy Meadowlands. New York lost quarterback Eli Manning to an ankle injury late in the first half, but rode two Jerrel Jernigan touchdowns to the victory. The loss likely ends the Mike Shanahan-era in Washington.