Today it has been announced that Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is retiring from coaching. Gilbride, 62, has been the Giants offensive coordinator since late in the 2006 season. during his tenure the Giants at that position the Giants have won two Super Bowl titles. He was also at the helm for four of the five Giants offensive units to eclipse the 400 point mark.
Gilbride has spent 20 years as a coach in the NFL, 18 years as an offensive coordinator for the Giants, Bills, Steelers, Jaguars and Oilers, as well as a two year stint as Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1997-1998 (he was fired after 6 games in the 1998 season). In nine of those 20 years his team finished in the top ten in the NFL in yardage, and his teams also finished in the top ten in scoring nine times.
What the Giants have achieved during Gilbride’s offensive stewardship can not be overlooked. The Giants have been a consistent offensive unit, for the most part, during his time in charge of the offense, finishing in the top 10 in scoring five of his seven seasons at the helm. Obviously in that time the Giants have had talent on the offensive side of the ball, but you can not marginalize the work it takes to get consistent production at the NFL level.
Bleacher report has reported that Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is the front runner to succeed Gilbride.