Gilbride will be reunited with Coughlin after spending the past two seasons in Buffalo as the Bills offensive coordinator. In his first season in Buffalo, the Bills had the 5th best passing offense in the NFL and 11th overall while averaging 23.7 points, 22.2 first downs, and 349.4 yards per game. That offense featured the franchise's first 4,000-yard passer, two 1,200-yard receivers and a 1,400-yard rusher while overall the offense ranked third in the NFL in first downs.
"Before I hired Kevin in Jacksonville," Coughlin said, "I talked to Warren Moon about him and Warren was emphatic about how much Kevin meant to his career and development. Kevin is a smart, articulate person, and he works extremely well with quarterbacks. He is a determined, strong personality who really excels in game planning and on game day."
The 2004 season will be Gilbride's 30th in coaching and 15th in the National Football League. Of his 14 previous seasons as an NFL coach, 11 have been as an offensive coordinator and two as a head coach. He broke into the NFL ranks as quarterbacks coach with the Houston Oilers in 1989 before being elevated to offensive coordinator from 1990-93 and was then promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Offense in 1994. The Oilers ranked first in the NFL in passing yards, as well as in the NFL's top three in total offense, from 1990 through '93.
Gilbride's first stint with Coughlin started in 1995 when Gilbride took over as the offensive coordinator of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. In his second season, the Jags offense led the NFL with 259.7 passing yards per game and was number two in the league in total offense with 360.2 yards per contest, a performance that helped the Jaguars advance to the AFC Championship Game in just their second year of existence.
The 53-year old Gilbride was named the 10th head coach in San Diego Chargers history on January 19, 1997 and posted a 6-16 record over the course of the 1997-98 seasons. He spent the 1999 and '00 seasons as offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was out of coaching for the first time since 1974 when he spent the 2001 season as an analyst with ESPN. In addition to the NFL, Gilbride spent two seasons (1985-86) in the Canadian Football League as an assistant with the Ottawa Rough Riders.
Gilbride was born on August 27, 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut and earned a degree in physical education from Southern Connecticut State University where he also played quarterback and tight end. He received his master's in athletic administration from Idaho State. He and his wife, Deborah, have three children - daughters Kelly and Kristen, and son, Kevin. Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Harvard University and Kristen graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1999. Gilbride's son Kevin recently graduated from the University of Hawaii where he played on the school's baseball team.
Gilbride hired as QB coach
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