Good morning, New York Giants' fans! It is stormy outside here in the Northeast, with the biggest storm of the winter thus far beginning to release its fury. It could well be stormy inside Giants' headquarters on Thursday, as well, with the futures of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and other assistant at the center of it all.
Previous reports have indicated that today is the day the Giants' brain trust -- head coach Tom Coughlin, general manager Jerry Reese and co-owner John Mara -- will begin their meetings.
There are understandable arguments to be made on both sides of the Gilbride debate.
Mara said Monday that the offense is "broken." Gilbride certainly has to answer for that, but after the long run of success he has had with the Giants should he be ousted after own awful season?
Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News believes that would be a mistake:
Gilbride has Coughlin's full support. He has the support of Manning.
And when these series of meetings are over, either later this week or early next week, it would be very good for the Giants if Gilbride has Mara's support, too.
Because the truth is, Gilbride didn't create this mess. The Giants' failures this season were more personnel than coaching. And quite frankly, this whole idea that Gilbride should go feels like an unseemly knee-jerk reaction that is unbecoming of the Giants. Mara preaches patience and stability. He shouldn't need a scapegoat just because fans are mad.
The fact that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will get an interview for the Washington Redskins' head-coaching job complicates matters, potentially leaving the Giants with a vacancy they probably had not counted on.
Stay tuned to Big Blue View today. When I'm not clearing snow I will be doing my best to keep you up-to-date on the goings-on in East Rutherford.