Eli and Gilbride in sync

January, 19, 2012
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Eli Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride have been together for a long time now, and the Giants quarterback talked about how effective their relationship is.

"Coach Gilbride and I have a very close relationship," Manning said. "When I first got here, he was the quarterbacks coach, so I sat in all the meetings with him. A lot of the plays we were running then, even though he wasn't the offensive coordinator, were his plays and stuff he knew very well.

AP Photo/Bill KostrounKevin Gilbride


"So I got to kind of learn from him, and hearing him directly and watching old film of the Oilers and different things when they were running it. It's the only offense I've been in -- it's what I know. We think the same way on a lot of things and certain looks. A lot of times he doesn't even need to finish his sentence, because I'm already on the same page. I feel very comfortable with him and telling him my thoughts and listening to him. It's a great relationship and we work well together."

Manning added that his coordinator has a pass-first mentality.

"Coach Gilbride, he wants to throw the ball," Manning said. "He has a quarterback mentality. He also knows he's going to be smart and if we're running it, we're going to continue to run it. It's kind of whatever is working.

"On Sundays if we're not running it really well and we're throwing it well, I'll just go up to him and say, 'Hey, they can't stop us throwing it. Let's just keep throwing it.' And he kind of gets a smile; I think that’s what he likes to hear. He wants to throw it and he wants to be consistent and find completions, but he likes to get the ball downfield and hit some big plays."
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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