For five years Gilbride ran the run and shoot in Houston. Run and shoot! That puts the fear in me even as I write it. Yes, the team had huge offensive numbers but that was Warren Moon.
Last time I checked, Warren Moon was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I'm gonna stick with my theory that Moon made Gilbride look pretty good.
Gilbride isn't even know for offensive prowess...instead his most famous moment was being punched in the face by Buddy Ryan, the Houston Oilers Defensive Coordinator in 1994 while standing on the sidelines during a nationally televised game. All because Gilbride's run-and-shoot offense couldn't run out the clock when needed, especially just before halftime or at the end of a game.
Gilbride's offensive scheme deemed "funny ball" by Houston writers couldn't win big games despite having possibly the best collection of talent in the league.
In 1997 Kevin Gilbride left Tom Coughlin, the head coach at Jacksonville Jaguars to become the head coach for the San Diego Chargers. Quarterback Stan Humphies arguably the best thing going for the Bolts in 1997 has been quoted how in one year the San Diego Chargers became the NFL's worst team.
Humphries, a tough and productive QB showcasing a 47-26 as a starter and ranking third among active quarterbacks in 1997 was badly beating and crushed in Gilbride's Run and Shoot. Gilbride cut the teams top two running backs and brought in no new line help.
So, now you have a Chargers team with no running back, no offensive line and a quarterback looking over his shoulder, who will be asked to direct a run-and-shoot attack with Eric Metcalf, Tony Martin and a bunch of no-names who can't catch.
Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself..."Was Plaxico Burress making Gilbride look good all those years?" This is not about Burress; however, players like Moon and Burress make him look good.
The Giants play calling is predictable and uninspiring. It's time to move on. This team has talent, even with the injuries. Find a young offensive mind that can put Eli and company in a position to make good plays.
And Tom Coughlin needs to stop being so loyal to "killdrive" it's going to cost him his job. This isn't an over-reaction to the Washington game. This is 8 years of being over matched 75% of the time.
The over use of the draw, the under use of the back screen, the lack of creativity, the lack of play action...the lack of swagger!