Report: Kevin Gilbride expected to coach XFL’s New York franchise

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A familiar name to New York Giants fans will be returning to coach New York football.

Jay Glazer of FOX is “hearing” that former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will coach the XFL’s New York team. Like the Giants (and the Jets) the New York XFL franchise will play at MetLife Stadium. This report meshes with the fact that (as PFT has been told) Gilbride attended the first wave of Spring League games in Texas, with other XFL coaches.

The 67-year-old Gilbride served as head coach of the Chargers from 1997-98. He has worked as offensive coordinator for the Oilers, Steelers, Jaguars, and Bills. For both of the Giants’ Super Bowl wins with Eli Manning as the quarterback and Tom Coughlin as the coach, Gilbride ran the offense.

Working as an analyst, Gilbride also provided one of the most memorable moments from the afternoon Pro Football Talk show that aired on NBCSN.

The XFL had planned to name all eight head coaches by the end of March. Officially, four have been named: Bob Stoops in Dallas, Pep Hamilton in D.C., Jim Zorn in Seattle, and Marc Trestman in Tampa. Gilbride has not yet officially been named; no coaches have been named or reported for teams to be located in Houston, St. Louis, or L.A.

17 responses to “Report: Kevin Gilbride expected to coach XFL’s New York franchise

  1. No, Buddy did not punch Gilbride over play calling. The ’93 Oilers were the most dysfunctional team in NFL history and Buddy Ryan felt threatened by Gilbride’s offense which was amazing back in that day. He punched him because he felt like Gilbride was taunting him by running up the score against the Jets while up 14-0. The whole back story was what lead up to it.

  2. I remember the XFL as a bad joke play on pro football. I don’t this will be any different this time. Looking at some of the coach’s hired, like Tresterman and Gilbride, makes me laugh. How desperate is the XFL for coaches?

  3. You guys downgrading Gilbride should read the article first before jumping in there. He was the OC of NY Giants two recent Super Bowl wins against the Pats.

  4. Gilbride has his entire playbook on a 3×5 index card:

    1st Down: Run
    2nd Down: Run
    3rd Down: Pass
    4th Down: Punt

    Note: repeat until clock reaches 0:00

  5. I do wish this guy success, just so he can be remembered by something other than being punched…. Honestly I hear his name, that’s all I remember

  6. Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    April 15, 2019 at 7:08 pm
    Gilbride has his entire playbook on a 3×5 index card:

    1st Down: Run
    2nd Down: Run
    3rd Down: Pass
    4th Down: Punt

    Note: repeat until clock reaches 0:00
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    Gilbride was the offensive coach of the Houston Oilers than ran a run & shoot offense that utilizes 4 receivers on every play. Under Gilbride, the Giants had four years where their offense has scored 400 or more points. Gilbride was the offensive coordinator when the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots in the super bowl. He’s done okay for himself.

  7. Draagull V says:
    April 16, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I do wish this guy success, just so he can be remembered by something other than being punched…. Honestly I hear his name, that’s all I remember
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    I’m pretty sure Buddy’s weak attempt at a punch didn’t even land. What people should remember is how pathetic it was and that Ryan’s 46 defense failed when it mattered in Houston.

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