Kevin Gilbride said during Super Bowl week that even though his son was on the Giants’ coaching staff, they didn’t get to spend much time together. Such is the hierarchy of the coaching world. Kevin M. Gilbride was an offensive assistant who answered to position coaches, who in turn answered to the offensive coordinator.
“It’s not like I see him a lot, but if I see him for 30 seconds a day … just to be able to see him it’s special,” the elder Gilbride said about a month ago.
They’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of each other now.
Kevin M. Gilbride, who a few weeks ago was blocked from interviewing for a job as quarterbacks coach of the Bucs, will become the Giants’ new wide receivers coach. He’ll replace Sean Ryan who gets his own promotion, bumped up to quarterbacks coach. That spot was left vacant when Mike Sullivan landed the job of offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay.
The Giants made virtually the same move two years ago when quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer retired (or at least pretended to in order to get out of his Giants contract). At that time Tom Coughlin moved Mike Sullivan from wide receivers to quarterbacks and bumped Ryan from offensive quality control coach to receivers.
Gilbride has experience coaching receivers. He did that for three seasons at Temple and a season before that at Georgetown. While he has the name recognition and the interesting backstory thanks to his father, it will be even more interesting to watch how Ryan handles his relationship with Eli Manning. Ryan has coached quarterbacks twice in his career: In 1997 when he was a first-year coach at Sienna and in 2005 at Columbia.
The Giants still have a few more holes on their staff to fill, including assistant offensive line coach and the vacancy left by Kevin M. Gilbride as the offensive assistant.