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Kevin Gilbride blames injuries for Giants’ offensive woes

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Kevin Gilbride retired as the Giants’ offensive coordinator after an unsuccessful 2013 season, but Gilbride says his offensive schemes haven’t grown old.

Although Giants G.M. Jerry Reese said it was time for a change on the Giants’ offense, Gilbride disagreed with that suggestion in an interview with Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. According to Gilbride, the problem last season was an inability to stay healthy, not an inability to call the right plays on offense.

“I’m kind of surprised to hear him say that,” Gilbride said. “No one had figured that offense out for 24 years. To think that they figured it out this year would be pretty ludicrous. I think it was pretty obvious what the problems were. We had a confluence of injuries, we were very weak on the offensive line. We had some guys who struggled. We started six different offensive tailbacks, three different fullbacks, three different right guards, four different centers. . . . You can say it’s the offense, but it’s pretty clear what the problem was.”

Gilbride hinted that if there was a problem, it was that Reese had put together a roster with holes in it, and those holes weren’t getting filled.

“I certainly have expressed those concerns for a number of years,” Gilbride said. “It wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when it was going to happen.”

Whatever the reasons, it happened in 2013. And if the Giants’ offense is going to get fixed in 2014, it’s going to be new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo who gets the credit.

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26 Responses to “Kevin Gilbride blames injuries for Giants’ offensive woes”
  1. Denver Geldings - Super Bowl Castration... AGAIN!!!! says: Mar 7, 2014 10:56 AM

    Injuries? You mean you dont think it was Eli throwing 4 INTs every week?

  2. meatcarroll says: Mar 7, 2014 11:07 AM

    And first he played if on alleged Seahawks holding- I know a liar when I see one.

  3. jbl429 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:09 AM

    “No one had figured that offense out for 24 years.”

    Hahahahaha! Right, his offense was unstoppable the first 23 years he ran it.

    Delusional, Killdrive. And I couldn’t be happier to see you “retire.”

  4. weaponx73 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:14 AM

    Yea I guess everyone else stopped using the run and gun 20 years ago in the spirit of fair play. You can always tell a bad coach because when they win all they talk about is themselves and when they lose all they talk about is everyone else.

  5. enochmh2 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:14 AM

    Elite qbs overcome injuries until at least the playoffs

  6. schmitty2 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:22 AM

    The Seahawks offensive line was banged up most of the season and look how things turned out for them.

  7. edwinmoses says: Mar 7, 2014 11:24 AM

    without Eli, Gilbride would have “retired” years ago. I was so happy to see him leave Buffalo. That’s right folks.

  8. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:28 AM

    Kevin, the problem wasn’t necessarily the scheme – the last few years, you took FOREVER to get the play in, which left Eli no time at all to check off or make blocking adjustments. The defense can see the play clock too – and in MetLife, there are extra play clocks behind the benches that the coaches can see. The opponent knows when you have to snap on first sound. Peyton can run the same offense and win year after year because he gets to the line with at least 15 seconds on the play clock and can play cat-and-mouse with the defense.

    Watch the play clock when Eli comes to the line this year. If McAdoo knows what he’s doing, there should be no delay-of-game penalties because the play came in too late.

  9. athwartships says: Mar 7, 2014 11:29 AM

    By all means, don’t blame the twitchy QB who generally has a lost look on his face who has collected two rings purely on luck. Luck that has of late dried.

  10. edwinmoses says: Mar 7, 2014 11:39 AM

    athwartships says:
    Mar 7, 2014 11:29 AM
    By all means, don’t blame the twitchy QB who generally has a lost look on his face who has collected two rings purely on luck. Luck that has of late dried.
    ————————————————————
    This is such an ignorant comment. Wartsshops – you don’t need to comment on things you clearly have no knowledge of.

  11. trollaikman8 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:44 AM

    He’s not wrong.

  12. themage78 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:46 AM

    Run, Run, pass. Run, Run, pass. I could call out what a Giant play was watching from home. You don’t think defenses could see that 100% easier then me, the viewer at home?

  13. ajgreenhof says: Mar 7, 2014 12:01 PM

    Not a smart thing for a coordinator to say.

    Not that it isn’t true but I don’t see any positives from saying it.

  14. dgimbz says: Mar 7, 2014 12:12 PM

    Didn’t realize you have the most comebacks in a single season and the most passing yards in a postseason by “luck”

  15. ningenito78 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:16 PM

    Not for nothing, and I know it sounds like an excuse, but the guy is absolutely right.

  16. ajev3rywhere says: Mar 7, 2014 12:24 PM

    Of course it was a combination of factors, but for Gilbride to completely absolve himself of blame is simply ludicrous. The man has such an inflated sense of himself and his system. Every Giant fan I know has been calling his plays for years (pre-2008, run, run pass, post-2008, pass, run, shotgun draw).

    Everyone wants to say Eli’s a pick waiting to happen, but people should look up Warren Moon’s stats under Gilbride’s chuck and duck offense at Houston. I wouldn’t be surprised if Eli cut his picks by more than half this coming season.

  17. toybkshr says: Mar 7, 2014 12:34 PM

    He is certainly right (the implication) that Reese didn’t “fill the holes”.

  18. louishatchett says: Mar 7, 2014 12:44 PM

    Gilbrides offense was very predictable for the past few years. I was at a game vs the Redskins 3 years back and everyone in the stands knew the play that was coming and he ran the exact play. that and the fact that Kevin Bass (who sucks) spent most of his time when he played in the backfield on passing plays and Will Beatty was a joke at Left Tackle, he got exposed this year before the injury and next year he should have to compete very hard just to be a memory. Injuries had a lot to do with it, but the system was in need of a tremendous over haul for quite some time now.

  19. zam0854 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:53 PM

    The NFC East Champs think different about the Giants woes lol. DJack thinks differnt about the Giants woes.

  20. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Mar 7, 2014 2:10 PM

    Everyone knows you cant win a super bowl without a little bit of luck on top of everything else.

  21. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Mar 7, 2014 3:36 PM

    injuries were bad, talent was old and/or mediocre, and gilbride’s offense never was that good. and certainly not nearly as good as he thinks it was.

    buddy was right that day in houston, too.

  22. kev86 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    Say what you want but Gilbride won two SBs as OC of NYG.

  23. yousuxxors says: Mar 8, 2014 1:21 AM

    he is right about Reese not filling holes but his offense is also predictable as hell. if it wasn’t for eli tearing through the playoffs twice he and coughlkn would of been gone years ago.

  24. DonRSD says: Mar 8, 2014 9:17 AM

    The 3WR 3rd and 1 shotgun draws were enough.

    I’m excited for a West Coast offense this season.

    Now Reese needs to step up and build this roster the right way, not with 1 year deals.

  25. billco6192013 says: Mar 8, 2014 1:04 PM

    REESE IS TO BLAME AND NOW HE IS DESTROYING THE DE,NOT SIGNING BEASON AND HAVING 20 FREE AGENTS IN ONE SEASON .NOT TAGGING BEASON TO EVEN MATCH AN OFFER REESE DOESNT HAVE THE PLAYERS BACK WHO HAS PROFORMED ON HIS SO CALLED EVALUATION HE DOES EVERY YEAR.HE LET BENNETT WALK LAST YEAR WITH 8 TDS AND NOW BEASON THIS YEAR.NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE ROLLE.IM NOT THAT THRILLED WITH HIS FIRST ROUND PICS THE LAST 4 years.WE WILL SIGN CJ MOSLEY IF BEASON WALKS AND THE KID WILL BE OK BUT WE COULD USE A LINEMAN IN DRAFT AND CASE IN POINT REESE IS SLACKING BIG TIME WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THE GIANTS A SERIOUS CONTENDER.

  26. buljos says: Mar 8, 2014 2:26 PM

    Gilbride was right about one thing… the 2013 roster had holes, and JR put them there. His mid and late round draft performance hasn’t been good, and his boss Mara announced as much in public. What’s more, JR never kept an accurate account of Blocking and Pass Protection, so he let a very good blocking RB go and signed a little speedster who can’t pass protect to save his life… and he let a very good blocking and pass pro TE go to Chicago and signed a “playmaker” who again couldn’t block or pass pro to save his life. He traded up in the 4th to sign a QB who he didn’t need when he seriously needed O-line talent, and he banked on Baas and Snee being healthy when both had been having nagging issues, and Diehl playing well (when he was ranked at the very bottom of offensive linemen by PFF). So Gilbride has a point… JR created a blocking and pass pro deficit that was like a house of cards… and it fell in 2013.

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