The 2014 season is going to be a lot different for Kevin M. Gilbride than the 2013 campaign, and it's not just because his father and former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has retired from coaching. The younger Gilbride has switched from being wide receivers coach to tight end coach this season.
"I've enjoyed it," said Gilbride about the position switch. "It's such a different aspect, especially with everything that we do offensively with the tight ends."
The Giants are working with a different playbook now that Gilbride's father has been replaced by former Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. With a new offensive coordinator, there's a little more to teach and to learn than there was in prior seasons for the tight ends.
"It's been a lot of teaching," said Gilbride. "And the way that the guys are adapting to learning it, you have to teach conceptually and learn conceptually within this offense and they've done a good job with it."
Even though Brandon Myers signed with Tampa Bay after a disappointing season with Big Blue, the Giants haven't made a big move this offseason at the tight end position. Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells were brought in as veteran reserves, but the starter is supposed to be Adrien Robinson, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft but has seen virtually zero regular season action in his two seasons with New York.
"He's in there, he's taking copious notes, he's answering questions very well," said Gilbride about Robinson. "What we need to do is we need to get him to be able to transition that onto the field. He's made strides, there's no doubt that he's made strides but there needs to be a lot more."
Unless the Giants make an addition between now and the start of the regular season, their starting tight end will be a very green one who has been almost invisible to fans since he joined the team. If that's the case, Gilbride might have his work as tight ends coach cut out for him, but at least his father is having a good time.
"He's been on vacation since the end of the season so he's enjoyed it," said Gilbride. "He's been able to do what he enjoys doing. He's spoken at a ton of different coaches clinics, he's spoken at high school banquets, things like that, things he hasn't gotten the opportunity to do as much with our busy schedule as a coach so he's really enjoyed the aspect of the vacation so far."