Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Difficult to Fix Giants' Offense

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Difficult to Fix Giants' Offense

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Welcome (back) Mike Sullivan and Dowell Loggains to North Jersey and the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the first round of interviews as the Giants officially begin their search today for Kevin Gilbride's successor as offensive coordinator.

Before sitting down with Tom Coughlin to discuss how you will fix an offense team president and co-owner John Mara has declared "broken," let me fill you in on some things that might help better your chances at wowing the Giants' brass.

First things first: see that building over there (points to MetLife Stadium) - the Giants expected to still be in contention to defend their home turf when the world arrives Feb. 2, and the idea of another team using their facility to get ready for Super Bowl XLVIII remains a bitter subject.

And the unit for which you want to be responsible: the Giants' offense is a major reason they finished with a losing record for the first time since Coughlin took over in 2004, so keep that in mind throughout this process.

For the sake of this interview primer, I'll leave special teams out of it -- not your problem.

OK, let's get down to business. There's really one answer that truly will separate candidates from legitimate contenders and ultimately the man who will replace Gilbride, a coach who was part of two Super Bowl winners during his tenure:

How are you going to fix Eli Manning?

Because if he is beyond repair, it won't matter who comes out of this process as OC.

He's the Giants' quarterback past, present and future, and as much as you might hear otherwise from the outside, they are not moving on from their two-time Super Bowl MVP. Forget it.

Coach Sullivan, I know you've got some history with Eli and no one is disputing that.

When he set a career-high in interceptions with 25 back in 2010, you were the quarterbacks' coach who got in his ear and played a part in helping him become elite.

As Hakeem Nicks told reporters at a Manhattan charity event Tuesday, Manning likely has little desire to embrace a new system with completely different terminology and philosophies after running virtually the same one for a decade as a pro.

Not that Manning, who turned 33 last week, is unwilling, mind you; it's just not something a quarterback wants to think about coming off a season in which he threw an NFL-worst 27 interceptions and seemingly nothing went his way from the start. …

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