Good morning and Happy New Year, New York Giants' fans! Before you settle in for a loooong day of watching college football let's take care of business by getting you up to date on Giants' headlines for the first day of 2014.
We have to start with the status of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. No, Gilbride has not been fired or forced to retire yet. Reports are that those discussions between head coach Tom Coughlin, general manager Jerry Reese and co-owner John Mara are expected to begin on Thursday.
We know that everyone said earlier this week that they want Coughlin back next season. The sticking point is apparently Gilbride and just how far the head coach will go to fight for the offensive coordinator, who has been with him in some capacity since Coughlin's time with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Will Hill has the ability to be an All-Pro caliber safety. A number of times, however, I have cautioned that that when it comes to Hill and his propensity to find off-the-field trouble there always needs to be a backup plan. Hill's latest arrest apparently involved marijuana, the substance that caused him to serve a four-game suspension in 2013.
Long-time Giants' fans know the agony and ecstacy involved in rooting for this great, yet flawed and frustrating franchise. You will be able to identify with this first-hand account of what being a Giants' fan is like.
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