It might be clear to you, but I doubt it’s clear to “most” fans who follow the Giants – or at least those interested in facts. And those facts show that the Giants’ offense has never been as productive as it is now under Gilbride. Last year, the 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 Gilbride took over as offensive coordinator late in the 2006 season. The Giants’ 327 first downs in 2012 were the fifth-highest total in team history. In 2011, the Giants gained a franchise-record 6,161 yards, breaking the mark of 6,085 set in 2010. Those are the only 6,000-yard seasons in Giants history. Gilbride called all the plays. Also in 2011, the Giants shattered another record with 4,734 net passing yards. The former mark of 4,019 was set in 2009. Those are the only 4,000-yard passing seasons in Giants history. Gilbride called all those plays. Of course, the players made the plays. But to ignore Gilbride’s contributions in compiling those numbers is a refusal to engage in reality.
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Of course there’s a chance. Buehler has been on the roster for five months, so he’s going to get an opportunity to show what he can do in training camp and in the preseason. He has a strong leg and had success when he played for Dallas. The duel for the kicking job could get interesting this summer.
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