The Giants’ offense has gained yards both rushing and passing and scored points in numbers unprecedented in franchise history under Kevin Gilbride, who is in his seventh full season as the team’s offensive coordinator.
In 2012, he Giants scored 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history; the 1963 Giants scored 448. The 2012 season was the fifth in the 88-year history of the franchise in which the Giants scored more than 400 points. Four of them have occurred since Kevin Gilbride took over as offensive coordinator late in the 2006 season: 2012 (429 points), 2008 (427) and 2009 (402). The Giants’ 429 points were 35 more than the 2011 Super Bowl champions scored.
The 2013 season is Gilbride’s 39th in coaching and 24th in the National Football League. Gilbride, then the quarterbacks coach, assumed play-calling duties from former coordinator John Hufnagel prior to the 2006 regular season finale in Washington.
With Gilbride devising game plans and calling plays, the Giants’ offense has consistently been among the most productive in the NFL. The unit was ranked seventh, eighth, fifth, eighth and 14th, respectively, in the last five seasons.
Gilbride has worked closely with Eli Manning throughout the quarterback’s outstanding career. Last year, Manning became the Giants’ career leader in completions (2,612) and touchdown passes (211). He is second in team history in pass attempts (4,457) and passing yards (31,527). In the 2011 regular season, Manning set Giants records for pass attempts (589), completions (359) and yards (4,933). The yardage total was the fourth-highest in the NFL that season and is the eighth-highest total in league history. Manning is the only quarterback in Giants history with three 4,000-yard seasons.
Gilbride designed the attack and called the plays when the Giants won four games in the 2007 and 2011 postseasons and won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. The Giants are the first team to twice win four games in a single postseason.
Gilbride joined the Giants as the team’s quarterbacks coach on Jan. 26, 2004. He was reunited with Tom Coughlin, for whom he worked as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first offensive coordinator in 1995-96. Gilbride has also coordinated offenses for the Houston Oilers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.
Prior to joining the Giants, Gilbride spent two years as the Bills’ offensive coordinator. In his first season in Buffalo, the Bills set seven offensive team records, including most net passing yards (3,995). Quarterback Drew Bledsoe set 10 team records. That year, Buffalo had the fifth-best passing offense in the NFL and was 11th overall while averaging 23.7 points, 22.2 first downs, and 349.4 yards per game. That offense featured the franchise’s first 4,000-yard passer in Bledsoe, two 1,200-yard receivers (Eric Moulds and Peerless Price) and a 1,400-yard rusher (Travis Henry).
Gilbride entered the NFL as the quarterbacks coach of the Oilers in 1989. He was promoted to offensive coordinator from 1990-93 and then to assistant head coach/offense in 1994. Houston ranked first in the NFL in passing yards every season from 1990-93. The Oilers also topped the league in total offense in 1990 and were second in 1991, third in 1992 and second in 1993.
Gilbride’s first stint with Coughlin began in 1995, when Gilbride took over as the offensive coordinator of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. The following year, the Jaguars led the NFL with 259.7 passing yards per game and were second in total offense with 360.2 yards per contest, a performance that helped Jacksonville advance to the AFC Championship Game in just its second year of existence.
After two years in Jacksonville, Gilbride was named the 10th head coach in San Diego Chargers history on Jan. 19, 1997 and posted a 6-16 record over the course of the 1997-98 seasons. He spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2001, Gilbride was an analyst with ESPN.
Prior to joining the NFL, Gilbride spent two seasons (1985-86) in the Canadian Football League as an assistant with the Ottawa Rough Riders.
Gilbride began his career as the linebackers coach at Idaho State in 1974-75. He held the same position at Tufts University in 1976-77. Gilbride was the defensive coordinator at American International and the head coach at his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University, from 1980-84. He compiled a 35-14-2 record and a .706 winning percentage that is the best in school history.