Friday, January 3, 2014
Big Blue Morning: Retirement central
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Thursday afternoon, the New York Giants officially announced the "retirement" of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, complete with a bunch of quotes from Gilbride about how he'd been thinking about this for a long time and wanted to head up to Rhode Island, where his wife had been living without him for the past couple of years, to help take care of their granddaughter.
I mean, I guess it's possible the guy got to the end of a miserable season and decided enough was enough, but I'm not buying it. Gilbride was at least nudged out and possibly forced out. I'm a little surprised head coach Tom Coughlin went along with it, but I'm curious to see what else happens with the staff and with Coughlin's contract in the wake of this move. Coughlin has one year left on his deal, and both he and the team likely would prefer to add at least one before the start of the 2014 season. No one likes those "lame duck" situations.
I am told there could be other coaching staff moves with the Giants in the coming days, but that as of Thursday not all of those decisions had been made, yet. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn is on thin ice and likely should be after the year his unit had.
As for the Gilbride firing/retirement/whatever-it-was, my thinking is that the Giants would do well to remember that the problems run a lot deeper than just the offensive coordinator, and engage in an active and creative offseason rebuilding their offense.
And late Thursday came unsurprising word that longtime Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was retiring. Jacobs had a major knee surgery this year and said the other day that retirement was a strong consideration. No one was happy about the 7-9 record, but I know for a fact Jacobs very much enjoyed his surprise swan-song with the team he loved the best after his one-year exile in San Francisco. Jacobs is an all-time Giant and a two-time Super Bowl champion for the team, and Giants fans should look on his career with great appreciation.