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Kevin Gilbride points to Giants’ offensive line as root of issues this season

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The New York Giants finished the 2013 season ranked 28th in the league in total offense. Eli Manning had perhaps his worst season as a pro in throwing just 18 touchdowns with 27 interceptions.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride announced his retirement at the end of the season but says the root of the Giants’ issues last season all start along the offensive line.

In an interview with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Gilbride said the struggles of the offensive line put the Giants’ behind the eight ball from the start.

“I would say the offensive line, first and foremost, has to be addressed,” Gilbride said. “…I think they need another significant upgrade in the O-line and certainly some added depth.”

Manning was sacked 39 times and posted a career-worst 69.4 passer rating. Gilbride said he saw improvement from Justin Pugh throughout the season but the line as whole couldn’t perform at a level to allow the offense to perform.

“It just made it impossible for our quarterback to function,” Gilbride said. “(Manning)’s a guy where if you give him enough time, he’s always going to be throwing the ball to the right person, he’s going to know what you’re doing defensively, he’s going to see through your disguises, he’s going to be an accurate passer. But he’s not a scrambler and you’ve got to give him some help. And if you give him some help he’s proven that he can win a championship for you.”

Gilbride said the Giants changed their approach several times throughout the season to find a solution that would allow their offense to move the football. However, defenses were able to adjust as well and New York just didn’t have the ability to succeed with the deficiencies up front.

“I think philosophically, we modified substantially what we normally do,” Gilbride said. “We’ve been kind of a dymanic, explosive, throw-the-ball-down-the-field (offense), let your guys do a lot of vertical read-type of stretch principles and we had to abandon those. Those are the things that we’ve done very well that allowed us to be in the Top 10 offensively for a long time. You can’t do it because your quarterback would be on his back while you’re waiting for those things to happen.

“So we became much more conservative, much more three-strep oriented – which was good for a while, but they’re smart on that side of the ball and they identified fairly quickly what your weaknesses are, and they realized what your adjustments had been, so they take those things away. And when we had to expand what we wanted to do that’s when our shortcomings manifested themselves. But between going to a lot more three-step passes, moving the pocket, play-action where we didn’t just go to our traditional drop back five steps, seven-step drop back, (that) was probably the main modifications that we made.”

It’s a pretty damning critique of the Giants’ personnel up front levied by Gilbride. Whoever takes over in the offensive coordinator role next season will have a mess to clean up if the Giants can’t add talent to their offensive line this offseason.

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47 Responses to “Kevin Gilbride points to Giants’ offensive line as root of issues this season”
  1. 90210g says: Jan 7, 2014 11:53 PM

    Blah blah blah take some accountability coach!

  2. green41563 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:16 AM

    “(Manning)’s a guy where if you give him enough time, he’s always going to be throwing the ball to the right person . . . .”

    Always? This is the third time he’s led the league in interceptions, not the first.

  3. dino2997 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:17 AM

    Manning has thrown 20+ interceptions in a season three times in his career. You mean he had a bad offensive line each time?

  4. rodgers419 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:25 AM

    How bad is Eli that 27 interception is perhaps his worst season as a pro?

  5. itswhereyourmindsat says: Jan 8, 2014 12:26 AM

    I hate when people talk crap about eli. Its not his fault. Look at philip rivers, the chargers had a terrible o-line last season and rivers had probably the worst season of his career and everyone was saying he’s done, but the charged made a bunch of changes to the line and now rivers is having arguably the best season of his career. The giants have a lot more problems than just the o-line though. Its gonna be a rough offseason

  6. EliIsElite says: Jan 8, 2014 12:27 AM

    2nd and 11

    Shotgun draw for 1 yard gain

  7. tuberippin says: Jan 8, 2014 12:41 AM

    Giants 2014 draft:

    1st round – OL
    2nd round – OL
    3rd round – RB
    4th round – OL

    Should probably chase 2-3 o-linemen in free agency too, but that’s less their style.

  8. paulnoga says: Jan 8, 2014 12:42 AM

    Gilbride was the problem. D Coordinator Buddy Ryan was right when he punched gilbride on the sidelines because of his terrible game plan

  9. FlashPatterson says: Jan 8, 2014 1:01 AM

    Classy move.

  10. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:31 AM

    I am glad Gilbride had enough class to defend Eli Manning when everyone else ois bashing him.

  11. nfl4days says: Jan 8, 2014 1:50 AM

    This is the equivalent of taking a dump in front of the bosses office after being “let go”.

  12. bspurloc says: Jan 8, 2014 1:50 AM

    They had to have Brandon Meyers staying back blocking from all the offensive line injuries…
    This is not new news. check his stats and u can see the games where the offensive line was hurting he will have 0 catches…

  13. themage78 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:15 AM

    Let’s see, you were missing Snee, who has been a mainstay on the line. Beatty was a joke of a left tackle. And they had 2-3 centers. And all their backup Offensive linemen weren’t that good.

    they’ve missed on some of the backup linemen they’ve drafted in past years. Hopefully they fix the Oline because it needs it.

  14. giantschamps says: Jan 8, 2014 2:23 AM

    Aint that the truth. Fix the line, start winning again. That is really all they need.

  15. twolippy4u says: Jan 8, 2014 2:30 AM

    Why not point at Eli Manning. He sucks!

  16. eatitfanboy says: Jan 8, 2014 2:36 AM

    That’s about 600 words more than anyone in the world ever hoped to hear from Kevin Gilbride.

  17. longsufferingbillsfan says: Jan 8, 2014 3:54 AM

    And then Eli punched him in the stomach.

  18. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2014 4:05 AM

    That might of been THE worst O-line I’ve ever seen, it was disgusting.

  19. censoredagain says: Jan 8, 2014 5:16 AM

    Yes, ok Kevin. You became much more conservative and started running more 3 step stuff….

    IN WEEK 11, when it was already way too late, and the season was dead and buried. He’s right that the OL is a big problem, but what a coward to deflect it ALL onto them. I’m not the least bit surprised, considering that he himself was the real root of the problem.

  20. gpete1962 says: Jan 8, 2014 5:23 AM

    Hey Kevin, “Don’t go away Mad, Just go away”

  21. justareasonablevoice says: Jan 8, 2014 5:25 AM

    It was obvious that the o line was a major problem. It affected every aspect of the offense. If the line was better the giants would have made it to the playoffs , even with Eli having a sub-par season.
    People like to point to Eli as the problem, but any quarterback in that same situation would have had a bad season.

  22. justareasonablevoice says: Jan 8, 2014 5:30 AM

    BTW, I am a Giants fan but unlike Logicalvoice, I am realistic. In the beginning of the season I knew the Giants were going to have a tough time, just not as bad as it got. But hopefully the offense will get fixed enough for next season and be able to complete in their division. it is still a weak division and all the teams have some major problems they need to get fixed. As much as I hate to state it the Eagles are the best team there right now and don’t have as many issues to aaddress.

  23. operations666 says: Jan 8, 2014 5:40 AM

    Way to throw your just-former team under the bus, Kevin! Buddy Ryan would be ashamed and would throw a girly punch!

  24. manuich1 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:05 AM

    Release some players Webster, Kiwi and some cap killing contracts. Have some other players restructure their contracts and make a run for the center in Cleveland Alex Mack. Give Eli a great center and start building that line back up. If they can’t get Mack then go for DePlapuenta from N.O. If they ignore the O-Line again this off season then they deserve to lose. The defense geeks there own towards the end of the season

  25. pdmjr says: Jan 8, 2014 6:30 AM

    The offensive line is the most significant facet of winning football. Tom Brady is living proof, I can’t imagine what Ben Roethlisberger would do if he had a great line in front of him. Eli now knows what Ben goes through week to week

  26. giantsfan82 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:16 AM

    Good riddance Killdrive

  27. gergie1957 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:39 AM

    Well, when you throw all that Money at Eli and Cruse, you’re going to suffer elsewhere.

  28. chip56 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:06 AM

    No doubt the line was a mess. That happens when injuries force you to go four deep to find replacements. That said, the line wasn’t the reason he called play action in obvious passing situations with no running game (thus getting Eli killed) nor were they to blame for the humiliating number of delay of game calls that occurred because he couldn’t get the plays in to Eli in a timely manner.

  29. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:13 AM

    Fans, radio talkers, and beat writers have all said for quite some time:
    – Beatty is average at best and never deserved top-tier left tackle money
    – Boothe is “good” but not “very good”
    – Baas has been a complete bust here
    – Snee was very good, now old and damaged
    – Diehl was good, now old and damaged
    – Pugh showed promise as the year progressed

    That’s only two linemen worth keeping long-term. The Giants are going to have to take chances in the draft and free agency to get linemen who can gel and go right away. Boothe’s been around for both Super Bowls – if they want to make him the full-time center and build outward from him, they need two big-time guards and Beatty’s eventual replacement.

  30. fanofevilempire says: Jan 8, 2014 8:19 AM

    he is telling the truth, they also need a TE, RB and like he said, help on the O-Line and depth.
    Jerry better do better at building out the roster
    and get Eli the weapons like he did in the SB years.

  31. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 8, 2014 8:27 AM

    I’d like to see Gilbride vs. Ryan: Rumble in the Geriatric Unit Part 2.

  32. infectorman says: Jan 8, 2014 8:31 AM

    Giants GM up at Bat…a swing and a miss!

    David Wilson

  33. weaponx73 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:38 AM

    Oh please Gilbride hasn’t adjusted his scheme several times in his career forget in a season. The Giants offense did the exact same thing for the first six games of the season. We changed our philosophy for maybe two games then went back to the same thing we did the first six losses.

  34. eagleswin says: Jan 8, 2014 8:39 AM

    That’s pretty funny as Coughlin publicly blamed running back Dave Wilson for the offensive woes for the first quarter of the season. Even while sidelined the announcers chipped in on blaming Wilson for a few of Eli’s INTs because, according to the announcers, if the backup RB had gotten more reps in practice he would’ve caught the ball.

    That said, any idiot could’ve seen that the offensive line was horrible but the Oline and Eli got zero blame while David Wilson was put out there as the root of all their problems.

    Even at this point, Eli is a teflon QB in NY. as nothing has ever been or ever will be his fault even though he is one of the streakiest QBs in the league who has benefitted from a very strong defense over the last 10 years.

  35. riggz91 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:07 AM

    I thought it was time for a change but everything he said is 100% correct. They had no TE, no RBs, and the offensive line was the worst it’s been since I can ever remember. Boothe Snee Deihl were great giants but it’s time to re-tool, and Bass obv. has to be cut.

  36. chalkruz1989 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:32 AM

    It became easy to point the finger at Kevin Gilbride throughout the years. His playcalling was predictable and he lacked the creativity that an offense needs in order to be sustainable.

    With all that said, you can’t blame an offensive coordinator for the miscues of his quarterback and “playmakers.”

    The New York Giants lacked support from the offensive line, running back and tight end. Also, the wide receivers were not of great help and neither was Eli Manning.

    It was time for a change but I will not place the blame squarely on Gilbride’s shoulders, it should be shared by the entire offensive personnel, including Manning.

  37. myeaglescantwin says: Jan 8, 2014 9:39 AM

    Funny,,

    I didn’t see one interception thrown by any of those OL..
    The root of the problem is Eli’s lack of accuracy..
    This guy is a 57% passer for his career, who NEVER had a 2-1 td to int ratio.

    To put the blame anywhere else is absurd.

  38. qdog112 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    Eli is quadruple garbage …that is all.

  39. blu4l1fe says: Jan 8, 2014 10:05 AM

    YES, totally agree that the dysfunction and/or lack of success of the Giants offense in 2013. But that is just one piece of the pie. As the OC, and I am not by any means excusing Eli’s incessant need to squeeze any ball even if his target was quadruple covered resulting in the interception-fest of a season, as the main guy who is in charge, YOU were the one who could have and should have enacted changes to at least try and compete during the games.

    As it stood, the offense looked worse than pee-wee football, and the defense, as much as they tried, just couldn’t win games for you.

    I understand what he’s saying, and yes, the O-line had so much holes it couldn’t plug anything. The responsibility is on the entire offense but the onus is on the man in charge, at least in my opinion.

  40. n0hopeleft says: Jan 8, 2014 10:10 AM

    eagleswin says:
    Jan 8, 2014 8:39 AM
    That’s pretty funny as Coughlin publicly blamed running back Dave Wilson for the offensive woes for the first quarter of the season. Even while sidelined the announcers chipped in on blaming Wilson for a few of Eli’s INTs because, according to the announcers, if the backup RB had gotten more reps in practice he would’ve caught the ball.

    That said, any idiot could’ve seen that the offensive line was horrible but the Oline and Eli got zero blame while David Wilson was put out there as the root of all their problems.

    Even at this point, Eli is a teflon QB in NY. as nothing has ever been or ever will be his fault even though he is one of the streakiest QBs in the league who has benefitted from a very strong defense over the last 10 years.

    _______________________________________________________________

    And any idiot can tell you’re a Giants hater, and still mad that we took 2 of the last 7 Superbowls.

    If Eli “benefitted” from a VERY STRONG defense over the last 10 years, then how does he have so many 4th quarter comebacks over his career? BECAUSE THE DEFENSE GAVE UP THE LEAD.

    Any other biased information you’d like to throw at the wall? The difference between Eli and ANY QB the Eagles have ever had is the ability to win a big game. Call it luck, call it streaky….
    Call your janitor to clean that dusty trophy case…

  41. blahblahblah1313 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:30 AM

    So you’re saying if the offensive line is great, the running game is working well and the defense is lights out Eli is okay. Sets the bar kind of low for elite status, doesn’t it? Eli is mediocre QB who has benefited from great defense and offensive line. Not the other way around. 2 passes from being ringless. His DEFENSE won both Super Bowls. Help one of best offenses to 17 oints in one SB if memory serves.

  42. bluewinger says: Jan 8, 2014 10:48 AM

    Gildull knowing the offensive line was having problems . Still wanted to throw the deep ball. Giants should of fire Gillbrite years ago.
    Gillbrite Almost got Eli killed.
    Eli has another superbowl left in him.
    And Jerry Reese needs to fix the O-line.

  43. bassplucker says: Jan 8, 2014 10:53 AM

    So, when Jay Cutler struggled for 3 years behind a bottom-3 Bears OL, it was Cutler’s fault… but when Eli Manning has a bad year it’s all on the OL?

    Okay, whatever.

    BTW… in the 2013 draft the Giants picked one spot ahead of the Bears. The Giants took Pugh and the Bears took Kyle Long (and were roundly criticized for it). Given that Long is a Pro Bowl alternate I’m thinking the G-Man might want a do-over on that pick.

  44. shirsc2 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    so if the Patriots won those superbowls, would you say their DEFENSE won those games and Tom Brady got lucky? The Giants had top 10 offenses in both years and the Pats d also stepped up.

    All of Brady’s superbowl wins were low scoring games won by the kicker.

    Everyone is quick to say Eli’s wins were because of defense but most Superbowls are won because of defense. Notice Peyton didn’t win his until his D stepped up. Believe Peyton threw 3 tds and 9 ints that playoff run.

  45. syrnyg says: Jan 8, 2014 11:04 AM

    This year the Giants had a 28th rank offense, but last year and pretty much through 07 the Giants have been in the top 10 in terms of offense every year.. I question Gilbrides play calling too, but for all you stat guys the numbers are on Gilbrides side, including 2 superbowls. It will be hard for any offensive coordinator to duplicate that. The other thing is Gilbride hasn’t had a running game since 09, which makes it more impressive.. I heard that interview, and I agreed with him, the OL probably should have been upgraded after the last Superbowl. We had a 9 win season that year, and Eli had 7 come behind 4th QTR comebacks… So love him/hate him, he called those plays in the final minutes to get us those 7 wins. If anything that last superbowl masked the flaws on the offensive line, and allowed the Giants to wait another year before addressing it with Pugh. The other interesting things Gilbride said was that the outside receivers (Nicks & Randle) were not getting open consistently, and allowed teams to put another man in the box… He also stated that Brandon Myers is a #2 TE and too short(No surprise there)

  46. eagleswin says: Jan 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    shirsc2 says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:55 AM
    ….
    Everyone is quick to say Eli’s wins were because of defense but most Superbowls are won because of defense. Notice Peyton didn’t win his until his D stepped up. Believe Peyton threw 3 tds and 9 ints that playoff run.

    ———————————

    Peyton in no way deserved the MVP for that superbowl. I agree that his defense carried him to that superbowl run and received no credit as the media acted like Manning was the main and only reason they won that superbowl. In reality he was below average in the postseason.

  47. bleedsnyblue says: Jan 8, 2014 12:43 PM

    totally agree with censoredagain, blu4life and gpete1962. Killdrive rolls on his O-line while taking ZERO responsibility? “I am shocked-SHOCKED- that gambling is going on!” (Claude Rains in Casablanca) No class, whatsoever.
    There isn’t enough room under that bus for everyone else once Killdrive and his idiot son get under there. Here’s hoping Ralph Kramden backs up over them a few times.

    OK, Kev, I’m not saying that it’s only on you- Reese and Mara wouldn’t pay a decent blocking tight end (see Marcellus Bennett) to stay, or pay for free agents/draft high enough for O line (except Pugh, who I thought did a decent job).
    But this offense has been run on a wing and a prayer for years, forcing Eli to throw 45 times a game to make up for the lack of a ground game, and a porous defense. The only time they ever looked good is in 2 minute drills, or when Eli audibles. Killdrive had no fresh approach, no spark, and no insight as to ho to beat a defense that was prepared for his lamentably predictable game plan, or to make an adjustment when it wasn’t working out. It’s easy to pick off a guy you know is going deep on third and long, every possession. Also inexplicable is why no change-ups in the backfield, featuring both a power back andthe more elusive halfback at the same time; no screens (unless we needed to pick up 20+ yards on thrid) or the lack of motion on the wide outs and backs. Almost never a double tight end on those few third and short yardage plays….and 40 yard patterns that take 10 seconds to run when you need 2 yards for a first down? Please. You couldn’t coach your way out of a phone booth, Kev.

    I could go on all day, but I won’t.

    Glad to see this uninspired and uninspiring clod put out to pasture, now PLEASE FIRE QUINN AND FOOL, TOO!

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