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Friday, January 3, 2014
Tom Coughlin: Gilbride not forced out

By Matt Ehalt

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Friday on WFAN Radio that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was not forced out by the organization. Gilbride retired Thursday after the Giants had their worst season with him as the offensive coordinator, as they ranked 28th in points per game.

"The first thing I said to our owners is I'm responsible for the coaches, and to think there's any one individual who is responsible for the circumstances that we found ourselves in, that's crazy," Coughlin said on WFAN Radio on Friday. "Kevin had talked about this a little in the past. I know his wife had been living -- they have a place up in Rhode Island and he goes back and forth, and that's difficult during the season obviously. I think all those things kind of started to wear on Kevin, and he had made the decision that he was going to have this as his last year."

The Giants consistently had a top-10 offense under Gilbride, who took over as the offensive coordinator in 2007, but things did not go well this season. The Giants struggled offensively, with Eli Manning throwing a career-worst 27 interceptions, and all of the skill players outside of Victor Cruz did not play up to their standards. The offensive line and running game weren't productive either.

Coughlin has started researching candidates to replace Gilbride. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn are safe at the moment.

"I'm in the process. I'm gathering information," Coughlin said. "We'll deal with that."

Here are some other highlights from the interview: