Tom Coughlin Was Prepared to Fight for Kevin Gilbride: According to The Daily News, had Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride not retired on Thursday, Head Coach Tom Coughlin was prepared to fight to keep Gilbride in his discussions with team President/CEO John Mara and General Manager Jerry Reese. Those organizational discussions reportedly began on Thursday and will continue into next week. The Daily News says, “Knowing Mara’s intention to replace Gilbride, Coughlin told at least one person ‘I’m not going to let that happen.’” The Daily News adds that it is unknown how far Coughlin was willing to go if Mara insisted on firing Gilbride. A source informed The Daily News that Coughlin told Gilbride he was going to fight for him, but Gilbride said there was no need since he had decided to retire.
“The first thing that I said to our owners is that I’m responsible for the coaches,” Coughlin said said on WFAN on Friday. “To think that there’s any one individual who is responsible for the circumstances that we found ourselves in, that’s crazy. Kevin Gilbride is an excellent football coach, he’s an excellent teacher and communicator. His players do respond to him. He works very, very hard at his trade. He has made his mark on this organization.”
Mike Sullivan Not a Shoo-In for Offensive Coordinator?: According to various press reports, team sources have said that it is premature to label Mike Sullivan as the favorite to be the next offensive coordinator of the Giants. Sullivan, who was Tampa Bay’s Offensive Coordinator in 2012-13, was on Coughlin’s staff from 2004-11, first as wide receivers coach, then quarterbacks coach.
Daily News: More on the Assistant Coaching Front: According to The Daily News, a source told the paper that Wide Receivers Coach Kevin M. Gilbride, the son of the Giants’ recently retired offensive coordinator, is expected to retain his job.
However, two sources told the paper that Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn and Quarterbacks Coach Sean Ryan may be let go next week, possibly as early as Monday.
Giants Sign PK Brandon McManus: The Giants have signed PK Brandon McManus to a reserve/future contract. Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.
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