Eisen's Mailbag: Gilbride's play-calling?

Posted Jul 19, 2013's Michael Eisen answers your fan questions!

It's abundantly clear to me and most who follow the Giants closely that Kevin Gilbride's success has been largely dependent on outstanding individual efforts. You rarely see a creative play design or a scheme that creates mismatches and open receivers. His run plays are predictable. Why is Gilbride not on the hot seat?

Dear Matthew:
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.

What is happening with Ramses Barden? He seems to never be in the discussion when talking about being a useful receiver. We saw, in one start last year what he is capable of, and he and Eli should have built some sort of a bond after five seasons. Is it possible to use him as another receiving tight end over the middle, because of his height and reach? If I were Tom Coughlin I would love to have the problem he has, this year with a stable of to many capable and good receivers. This is going to be fun to watch, I cannot wait for September, Go Giants!

Dear Bob:
Barden did have nine catches at Carolina last year in his only career start. But a wide receiver must perform consistently to develop a rapport with, and the confidence of, his quarterback. Barden simply hasn’t done that. Much of that is due to limited opportunities – since his arrival in 2009, he’s had Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon ahead of him at different times. This will be Barden’s fourth training camp (he missed camp in 2011 while recovering from ankle surgery). Like all players, at some point he needs to step up and perform.

Any chance that David Buehler and not Josh Brown is the Giants kicker in 2013?

Dear Jim:
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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