When all was said and done (as Antrel Rolle now likes to say), he tabbed the
guy who was right down the hall to replace him and found another guy in the
building to plug in for that guy.
made it official this
Ryan moves from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach
and Kevin M.
Gilbride (I'll explain the designation to differentiate him from his father,
offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, in a bit) goes from offensive quality
control coach to wide receivers coach.
“Continuity is important,” Coughlin said in a press release from the team
announcing the moves. “It’s not that I don’t think there are some talented
people out there. But I do think that these two are very talented and the best
approach we could possibly take would be to continue to support our players at
those positions with people who are products of the system."
Ryan, 39, is on the fast track to even bigger things. As an offensive quality
control coach from 2007-09, he worked with the wide receivers and many of them
spoke highly of him at the time. He began working with them full-time when
Sullivan moved to quarterbacks coach in 2010 and certainly did a fine job with
Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz this past season.
Ryan will now get to work with Eli Manning, who needs far less instruction
than he once did and could probably help Ryan's development as much as the coach
can help his.
“I’m excited about Sean Ryan being the quarterback coach,” Manning said.
“He’s a young guy who is energetic. He’s driven to continue to learn. I know
he’s going to get prepared for drills. ... Coach Sullivan and I did a great job
communicating. That’s something that’s very important with a quarterback coach
and I know we’ll have great communication and a great work ethic."
Ryan called working with Manning "a tremendous opportunity" and lauded his
"It’s special to have a player like that and be able to work with a player
like that you know is going to give above and beyond what is expected," Ryan
said. "I think somebody who is that eager and wants to be that good and wants to
get better like that, as a coach there is nothing more you can ask for than to
work with a player who is that committed to getting himself better."
Manning said of Ryan, "We shouldn’t miss a beat." Ryan believes that will be
the case with the entire staff because of that continuity Coughlin
“The two things that I think will make this a good working relationship are,
obviously, I’ve been in that chair, moving from his job to the wide receivers,”
Ryan said of the younger Gilbride, who was a wide receivers coach for three
years at Temple before joining the Giants in 2010. “I know what challenges he’ll
face and I can at least give him advice as to what I did and he’ll have to
decide how he wants to go about his job. He’ll do things his way.
"But also he was in the wide receiver meeting room for the last two years. He
was working with the wide receivers. They know him, they’re comfortable with
Well, they used to know him by a different name: Kevin Gilbride Jr. But he's
technically not a Junior because he has a different middle name. So from now on,
he'll be known as Kevin M. Gilbride.
Different name (sort of), same person.
"Sean trained me at the quality control position. It’s the same transition,"
Gilbride the younger said. "When the new quality control coach comes in I’ll
train him, Sean will train me on the receivers position and we’ll go from
Coughlin sees continued upside for both Gilbride and Ryan.
"Young Kevin Gilbride came in here as a quality control offensive assistant
and his energy level, his enthusiasm, his overall optimism, the positive way
that he attacks every job, and the importance of how well he performed his job –
which makes everybody else’s job easier on offense – because the information
that he puts forth is accurate," Coughlin said. "I really came to the conclusion
that this was best for us."