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07:23 AM ET 01.10 | Kevin Gilbride took the opportunity to walk away on his own. And according to John Mara, it's a good thing he did. The Giants co-owner left no doubt that Gilbride's job was definitely in jeopardy because of what Mara called a "broken" Giants offense. During an interview on WFAN on Thursday afternoon, Mara said that the offensive coordinator definitely retired on his own. But then he added "Fortunately it didn't come to any type of situation where he had to be forced out." ... According to sources, Tom Coughlin was prepared to fight with Mara over the fate of his long-time assistant, until Gilbride told him there'd be no need because he was willing to step down on his own. Mara, on WFAN, praised the job Gilbride did with the Giants.

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January 10, 2014  07:37 AM ET

Yeah, gotta have a scapegoat, right? But it's a lot easier to blame everything on the guy who just left. It lets everyone else just go on making the same mistakes.

January 10, 2014  08:20 AM ET

I'm kind of surprised that one of the Mara's would step out and say this. Gilbride knew what he needed to do and he kept a fight between the owner and the coach from happening. Let him keep some dignity.

January 10, 2014  08:33 AM ET

He shouldn't be the only one

January 10, 2014  08:36 AM ET

Now that the scapegoat is gone Coughlin has one year to turn this thing around if not he too will be gone.

January 10, 2014  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Now that the scapegoat is gone Coughlin has one year to turn this thing around if not he too will be gone.

And some other team will send half a dozen guys to help him move his stuff to his new office.

January 10, 2014  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yeah, gotta have a scapegoat, right? But it's a lot easier to blame everything on the guy who just left. It lets everyone else just go on making the same mistakes.

Gilbride did not get stupid all of a sudden. He is taking the fall for GM Reese. Read his interview yesterday. He made it very clear. The OL has been a " concern for a while" meaning a couple of years and he had to change the offense to three step drops and forget about 5 and 7 step drop pass plays because the OL could not block that long....

He took a bullet for Reese.

January 10, 2014  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

And some other team will send half a dozen guys to help him move his stuff to his new office.

Yup.

January 10, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Gilbride did not get stupid all of a sudden. He is taking the fall for GM Reese. Read his interview yesterday. He made it very clear. The OL has been a " concern for a while" meaning a couple of years and he had to change the offense to three step drops and forget about 5 and 7 step drop pass plays because the OL could not block that long....He took a bullet for Reese.

True...

If you have a crappy line though, which I agree has been Reese's fault. Why no screens and draw plays to take advantage of teams sending the Dline and LBs downhill 75% of the time?

I guess they couldn't count on a RB to hang on to the ball, but was it that bad?

January 10, 2014  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

True...If you have a crappy line though, which I agree has been Reese's fault. Why no screens and draw plays to take advantage of teams sending the Dline and LBs downhill 75% of the time?I guess they couldn't count on a RB to hang on to the ball, but was it that bad?

It was that bad and everybody knew it. Diehl, Bass, Snee Boothe Cordle could and should all be released. And others like Brewer and they can be without much cap damage. In some cases no cap damage. Over pay in FA for a couple of guys if you have to, draft the best OL you can and move on. If you don't fix that problem, then nothing changes.

January 10, 2014  09:48 AM ET

The Giants have 26 players whose contracts are up. That is a lot of free cap space and only four or five of them worth resigning. Reese is on the clock and Mara should be telling him to his face-everyday.

January 10, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm kind of surprised that one of the Mara's would step out and say this. Gilbride knew what he needed to do and he kept a fight between the owner and the coach from happening. Let him keep some dignity.

Exactly! I thought that was the whole point of allowing someone the chance to leave rather than be fired.

January 10, 2014  10:04 AM ET

The fall guy. Everybody needs one.

January 10, 2014  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm kind of surprised that one of the Mara's would step out and say this. Gilbride knew what he needed to do and he kept a fight between the owner and the coach from happening. Let him keep some dignity.

Agreed , it seems unnecessary to release this. Mara appeared to have more class than this..

January 10, 2014  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm kind of surprised that one of the Mara's would step out and say this. Gilbride knew what he needed to do and he kept a fight between the owner and the coach from happening. Let him keep some dignity.

Gilbride took the high road by walking away.

January 10, 2014  12:32 PM ET

Wellington would not have commented on the situation!

January 10, 2014  02:19 PM ET

I've never understood how Gilbride kept getting OC gigs. His "chuck & duck" offense in Houston (what Buddy Ryan called it) was a joke. There was definitely something very wrong with the Giants O this year as Eli went from Super Bowl MVP to an interception machine.

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January 10, 2014  06:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He shouldn't be the only one

True.

January 10, 2014  07:44 PM ET

This may be true. But some things just shouldn't be said publicly. The Giants ownership typically shows more class than this; it's somewhat surprising.

 
January 10, 2014  07:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Gilbride did not get stupid all of a sudden. He is taking the fall for GM Reese. Read his interview yesterday. He made it very clear. The OL has been a " concern for a while" meaning a couple of years and he had to change the offense to three step drops and forget about 5 and 7 step drop pass plays because the OL could not block that long....He took a bullet for Reese.

I'd have to agree with that.

Gilbride's been coaching Eli Manning since the day they drafted him. The offense hasn't always been consistent but they've won 2 Super Bowls with it.

IMO you shake up the roster but give the coaching staff another year to prove this season was a fluke.

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