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John Mara glad Giants didn’t have to fire Kevin Gilbride

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Offensive line problems and wild inconsistency from Eli Manning led to the offense of the New York Giants struggling all season.

The Giants finished the season 28th in the league in offense and averaged just 18.4 points per game. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride announced he was retiring at season’s end after serving seven seasons in the position and winning two Super Bowl titles with the team.

Giants co-owner John Mara praised Gilbride’s contributions with the team during an interview Tuesday on WFAN in New York.

He did an outstanding job for this franchise and I told him that,” Mara said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “People have short memories. They forget that he called two Super Bowls. There’s no question our offense didn’t play well [this season] . . . but I don’t want to diminish what Kevin did for this franchise. We wouldn’t have won two Super Bowls without him.”

But this year’s offense wasn’t close to playing at a Super Bowl level. Gilbride pointed at issues along the team’s offensive line as being the biggest hindrance to this year’s team being able to find consistency on offense. Whatever the reason may be, the Giants fell woefully short of their preseason goal of playing in the Super Bowl that is being hosted at their home stadium in just over three weeks.

In that regard, Mara was glad that Gilbridge elected to retire instead of the Giants possibly having to make a decision to let him go after a down season.

“He retired,” Mara said, “and fortunately it didn’t come to any situation where he had to be forced out.”

The Giants have already interviewed several candidates to replace Gilbride as coordinator.

New York interviewed former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and former Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on Wednesday and they reportedly scheduled an interview with Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo this weekend. Former Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell also will interview for the job.

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17 Responses to “John Mara glad Giants didn’t have to fire Kevin Gilbride”
  1. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 10, 2014 4:29 AM

    That was classy not to fire Gilbride as he did try his best. I just wish that people would stop blaming Eli Manning. This problem is a very deep one with starts from the top of the hierarchy and trickles down to the wide receivers. Football is a team sport and if wide receivers do not catch balls and work with the QB, there is nothing the QB can do. Eli is very good at what he does. He just needs an O line that will work with him.

  2. meatcarroll says: Jan 10, 2014 4:50 AM

    If Mara’s cognizant of the fact that Gilbride coordinate not one but TWO Superb Owl-winning offenses, why would he even consider forcing him out? Everybody knows that OL was old and declining, and the WR depth was shallow. Who’s to say Gilbride couldn’t have turned things around as soon as next season after a strong draft to address these issues? It isn’t as if the Giants have had a history of poor offenses under his direction.

  3. meatcarroll says: Jan 10, 2014 4:50 AM

    If Mara’s cognizant of the fact that Gilbride coordinate not one but TWO Superb Owl-winning offenses, why would he even consider forcing him out? Everybody knows that OL was old and declining, and the WR depth was shallow. Who’s to say Gilbride couldn’t have turned things around as soon as next season after a strong draft to address these issues? It isn’t as if the Giants have had a history of poor offenses under his direction.

  4. patriotsfanfromindia says: Jan 10, 2014 4:57 AM

    John Mara says ” “People have short memories. They forget that he called two Super Bowls.”

    No a lot of us do remember (some of us painfully) the best offensive calls ever…

    No Block – Escape Clutch – Pray No Sack called – Helmet Catch – 38 on two in SB42

    No Block – Wild throw – Super Mario – Ignore Tight Coverage – Pray Catch – 45 in SB46

    I mean those are gutsiest calls ever in the history of the sport. SMH.

    The Giants will miss Kevin Gilbride. Not.

  5. patriotsfanfromindia says: Jan 10, 2014 5:00 AM

    John Mara says ” “People have short memories. They forget that he called two Super Bowls.”

    No a lot of us do remember (some of us painfully) the best offensive calls ever…

    No Block – Escape Clutch – Pray No Sack called – Helmet Catch – 38 on two in SB42

    No Block – Wild throw – Super Mario – Ignore Tight Coverage – Pray Catch – 45 in SB46

    I mean those are gutsiest calls ever in the history of the sport. SMH.

    The Giants will miss Kevin Gilbride. Said no one.

  6. kst2074 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:52 AM

    Cant stand John Mara, hope they keep getting pounded by the other NFC east teams

  7. stonefish67 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:29 AM

    Are you crazy.
    The Bucs????? OC
    Are you that hard up for an OC
    BWAHAHAHA

  8. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 10, 2014 8:38 AM

    Our WR depth is not shallow. See that right there is just straight up dumb.

  9. kev86 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:12 AM

    Wellington would be proud. Go Giants.

  10. charmcitychampions says: Jan 10, 2014 9:26 AM

    Has there ever been a bigger phony than John Mara? You are glad you didn’t have to fire him? You were clearly going to either way. Gilbride went out in a face saving move. I hope he negotiated a nice severance package on his forced retirement. But now Mara can stand on his pulpit and perpetuate the false aura of class that he believes he has. Please. That organization stopped having class the minute Wellington Mara walked into the light. John Mara is a two faced petulant brat who was handed a billion dollar toy from his daddy.

  11. All-American Voltron says: Jan 10, 2014 9:43 AM

    Wasn’t making a worldwide announcement that thankfully they didn’t have to fire him, the same thing as actually firing him?

    I thought the whole retirement gimmick is a way for the person to save face and for the org to pretend they had no intention. I think Mara just sort of killed that by all but making it official.

  12. bkostela says: Jan 10, 2014 9:44 AM

    The Giants personnel no longer favors Gilbride’s coaching style. They will address some serious offensive line needs this offseason if they want to make whoever they hire as OC’s job easier.

    And if whoever that is can get the plays to the huddle just a little bit faster so the Giants can get the ball snapped with more than a fraction of a second on the play clock, that would be great.

  13. blahblahblah1313 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:49 AM

    Read between the lines. All Mara is saying is we were going to fire him and he knew it so he “retired”. We either had to scapegoat him or teflon Eli. Elite QB’s make the people around them better (see Brady,Tom this year) . They don’t need everyone else blaming offensive line/running backs/defensive failures for 30+ turnovers from 1 player. Eli is ok if the line is great, the running game is clicking and the defense holds one of the best offenses of all time to 17 point in the S Bowl. Sets the bar for elite status pretty low. No….?

  14. barrywhererufrom says: Jan 10, 2014 9:50 AM

    Yeah you didn’t have to fire him because you forced him into retirement..stay class G-Men!

  15. em11965 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:50 AM

    Gilbride takes a lot of heat but they did win 2SBs with him and the Giants had the best offense in their recent history. With that being said, he did not call enough safe pass plays, screens and draws, knowing that Manning threw a lot of low percentage deep throws and forced the ball on out patterns. I do think that they can do better at OC right now. Gilbride failed to adjust. But if the OL is a mess next year, it doesn’t matter who is the OC

  16. justintuckrule says: Jan 10, 2014 11:18 AM

    I think I’d move to the other side of the Earth too Mr. Pat fan in India if my dynastic team lost two SBs as well. Don’t hate….congratulate! :)

  17. jerseybornfloridaliving says: Jan 10, 2014 1:43 PM

    Why does everyone forget how aweful a running game they had. Reese needs to do better in draft with OL/RB/LBs. Been needing LBs for years and keeps trying stop gaps that work but some years don’t like this year and wasting picks in trades for them. What was up with Nasib waste 4 the end pick he can play in late season game even get experience over Curtis Painter !!!

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