The search has officially begun for the New York Giants to find a new offensive coordinator for next season. After reports surfaced last week that the front office was going to fire offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the veteran coach made the Giants' decision easier by announcing his retirement on Thursday. Gilbride, who has coached in the NFL for 24 years, spent the last nine with the Giants and won two Super Bowl titles calling the shots. With Gilbride retiring, the Giants can now start their search for a new offensive coordinator and reportedly have possible candidates in mind. Here is background of the three top candidates for the position.
Front Runner: Mike Sullivan
The first possible candidate reportedly is Mike Sullivan. Sullivan is a former Giants' assistant, who was part of Big Blue's coaching staff from 2004-2011 with the last two being the quarterback's coach for Eli Manning. For the past two seasons Sullivan has been the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was fired last week after the Bucs parted ways with head coach Greg Schiano. Sullivan, in his last year as a coach for the Giants, helped coached Eli Manning to his best season in his career and the Giants to a Super Bowl title. He is reportedly the favorite for the Giants offensive position.
Strong Candidate: Gary Kubiak
The next possible candidate for the Giants is reportedly Gary Kubiak. Kubiak as most know has been the Houston Texans head coach for the past seven seasons. During his time at the helm, Kubiak lead the Texans to the playoffs twice; the only two times in franchise history. Kubiak was fired by Houston in Week 14 of this season after the team started out 2-11. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos when they won back to back Super Bowl titles with hall of fame quarterback John Elway.
Dark Horse: Hugh Jackson
The final feasible candidate to take over the playcalling for the Giants is Hue Jackson. Jackson has been a coach in the NFL for over the past 10 years, and was the head coach for the Oakland Raiders during the 2011 season. For the past two years, Jackson has been with the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff, and is currently the team's running backs coach. During his time as a offensive coordinator in the NFL, Jackson has worked with top notch quarterbacks like Michael Vick, Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.
After the horrible performance the Giants' offense showed this past season, whichever candidate the Giants tag as their new offensive coordinator will have to find a way to get Big Blue's offense back on track and help quarterback Manning rebound from the worst season of his career.