Kevin Gilbride says he tried to warn the Giants that a season like 2013 was coming.
"I think they finally realize there are areas that need to be addressed," the former offensive coordinator said of the obvious deficiencies in line depth and lack of talent at other positions that led to last season's 7-9 record. "I certainly have expressed those concerns for a number of years. It wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when it was going to happen. It really started happening the year before and we were able to fight through it a little bit, but this year the confluence of injuries were just too many."
Gilbride, who was at the PKD Foundation Benefit in Manhattan Thursday night, said he thinks the 2014 Giants can turn it around, but that will start with the front office and free agency, which begins next week.
"They have to get some players," he said. "If the players come back, if [Chris] Snee comes back healthy and [David] Baas comes back healthy. The running back situation is a little scary -- they have to get somebody there. But if they can get somebody there and if [Kevin] Boothe comes back, the inside three will be stable. I know they're going to look for a tight end. There are a lot of holes that need to be filled."
One of those holes is at wide receiver, where a lack of speed hurt the team and lingering injuries to Hakeem Nicks hurt his production.
"We struggled at the outside position," Gilbride said. "Hakeem, unless somehow he can come back from his injury, he struggled, and you had one guy playing which was Victor [Cruz]."
Gilbride said he believes Eli Manning can return to championship form.
"If they shore up some of the supporting cast, I think they'll be fine," he said. "Last year we went into the year with some question marks at some spots and sure enough, those question marks were all answered in a negative fashion. Between that and the confluence of injuries, it just wasn't going to happen."
Even with all of that, Gilbride said there were some positives to take from his final season with the Giants, especially with the players he was given.
"I couldn't have been prouder of the fact that we were able to turn that thing around with the players that we had and the arsenal that we had," he said. "To win seven of the last 10 was an incredible tribute.
"Was it enough? No. You would have liked to have been back in the Super Bowl. But from where we were [0-6] and how we came out of it, I thought it was an incredible accomplishment."