Kevin Gilbride gets his revenge

It was almost 18 years and one awesome moustache ago. Buddy Ryan took a swing at his fellow coach Kevin Gilbride when they were both working for the Oilers.

Over the last two weeks, Gilbride swung back at Buddy’s sons. The Giants offensive coordinator helped end the season for Rex Ryan’s Jets last week and Rob Ryan’s Cowboys on Sunday night.

It was certainly on some Giants’ minds.

“Gilbride’s Revenge!” was the second tweet after the Giants win from team VP of communications Pat Hanlon.

It doesn’t hurt that Gilbride has Eli Manning and Victor Cruz on his side. All season long, when the Giants needed a play, these two found a way to connect.

On Sunday night, it was Eli’s spin move followed by a 44-yard bomb to Cruz that few quarterbacks would try on third-and-long in the fourth quarter. It was a one-score game at the time.

“That catch was a boost, I’ll tell you that,” said guard Chris Snee via the New York Daily News.

“It just seems like whenever we need a big play,” Justin Tuck said about Cruz, “he’s stepped up and been that guy.”

Manning methodically led another touchdown drive on the next possession to put the game out of reach and the Giants into the playoffs.

With injuries aplenty and a stagnant running game, Gilbride adjusted his offense to let Eli do it all this year.

It worked beautifully, and helped Gilbride settle some old scores along the way.

33 responses to “Kevin Gilbride gets his revenge

  1. Victor Cruz and that dance are gonna annoy the hell out of the Pack , if the Giants bounce them from the playoffs…

    IT WILL BE EPIC!!!!!!

  2. So…..The teams VP of communications tweeted this?….Really?…..The Vice President? And who the hell would read a sports teams VP of communications tweets anyway?

  3. It says a lot about people who believe revenge can be extracted from their “arch enemy’s” son.

  4. Hey Colin, tell us how good the Cowboys and Tony Romo are, I seem to have forgotten……

  5. Buddy Ryan’ swing at Kevin Gilbride summarizes the whole Ryan coaching philosophy: it’s us against the world, even to the point of “our team’s” defensive unit vs. “our teams” offensive unit.

    The Ryan’s real enemies are microphones. None of them can stand in front of one and say, “We’re just going to prepare, do our jobs, and may the better team win” without adding some clownish bragging or guaratees.

  6. With all due respect, Gilbride didn’t need to get revenge on Buddy Ryan. It was Buddy (who never won a playoff game in his career) who claimed that Gilbride would be selling insurance inside of a couple of years.

    Well, it was Buddy who once again proved himself wrong. Ryan was hired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and lasted two years. I believe that was his last job in the NFL. Maybe he went back to Kentucky to sell insurance. In the meantime, Gilbride, depsite one failed stint as a head coach, has established himself as one of the best OCs in the NFL over the past two decades.

    Revenge? Gilbride had that years ago. Maybe this is just karma.

  7. Please Buddy is lucky Gilbride didn’t swing back when it first happened. He just didn’t feel like beating the crap out of an old man. Remember Gilbride was like 41 when this happened and even Warren Moon thought Gilbride would have messed him up.

  8. Gilbrite still sucks and I do understand why Buddy wanted to punch em. Maybe after the season the Giants could fire Gilbrite and bring in Norv Turner as OC>.

  9. I never was a Gilbride supporter but he finally woke up and figured how to break a blitz happy defense against his non mobile QB

    swing passes off play action to Hynosorus and Pascoe killed Blob Ryan”s D

    Try mixing in a 2 min no huddle scheme at random times and expand on your talents diversity just to keep them uncomfortable.

  10. This has to be the most IRRELEVANT posting I’ve ever seen on this site (and that’s saying something).

    Calling this post ‘idiotic’ doesn’t even capture it’s true sentiment.

    If someone can explain ‘the point’ of this post, please enlighten me, because I don’t get it.

  11. Usually the son seeks revenge for his father who can no longer defend himself. When someone seeks revenge against the son of his enemy its obsessive and creepy and is normally the back drop for a psychopath who has misdirected his rage on the innocent.

  12. krashie21 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 10:44 AM
    This has to be the most IRRELEVANT posting I’ve ever seen on this site (and that’s saying something). Calling this post ‘idiotic’ doesn’t even capture it’s true sentiment.

    If someone can explain ‘the point’ of this post, please enlighten me, because I don’t get it.

    I’ll try, dumb-dumb. See, Buddy, father of Rex and Rob, took a swing (that’s slang for ‘trying to punch’) at Kevin Gibride. Now that Gibride beat both teams that have a Ryan on their coaching staff, it’s like “revenge” for Gilbride. (“Like” is a simile, which compares one thing with something of a different kind.)

    Try reading TMZ or watch the kardashians. It’ll be easier for you to follow. After that, use wrestling: timelines, sub-plots all valuable in following football.

  13. lets look at this factually. instead of running the ball in a game that they were way up in (houston over buffalo), gilbride refused to modulate from the run-and-shoot to more of a ball control offense.

    buddy’s defense got worn out. gilbride is a better oc now. but he was a fool then. he cost them the game.

    and houston was the only afc team who could have beat dallas that year. or come close.

    old man ryan was a good defensive coach, but clearly, hot headed. his kids by and large utilize a lot of pressure defense, and one can make blitzers pay.

    i think the media has worn out the revenge angle on this one. will a revenge hangover be the explanation next week when the gynauts lose? they were all trying to win games and get in the playoffs. i dont think rex’s defense was the problem in miami. i dont think rob’s defense was so much the problem as dallas just didnt have many players trying. paradoxically, romo was one of them.

  14. bluewinger says:Jan 2, 2012 9:56 AM

    Gilbrite still sucks and I do understand why Buddy wanted to punch em. Maybe after the season the Giants could fire Gilbrite and bring in Norv Turner as OC>.
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    and the dumbest post of the day goes to you bluewinger!!!! NO WAY would I want Norv Turner, no way, no how!!!

  15. I fail too see the point here: Buddy was an exellent D coordinator and Gilbrides’ moronic “Run n’ gun” offense is nowhere to be seen nowadays. There are plenty copies of Ryans “46” defense though.

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