Dolphins OC Mike Sherman was just fired – the announcement went out to the masses moments ago. And as I read more and more about the situation in Miami I can’t help but think how similar things were in NY the past two seasons. Both offenses run progression based schemes. Both offensive lines struggled this season. Both offenses have Pro Bowl caliber talent that have under-performed.
Fill in the blank:
“I could understand _____ being fired for one reason — he’s not creative. It took him 12 games last year to find out _____ could be utilized in _____ ”
This quote, said specifically about Mike Sherman can be applied to Gilbride’s mishandling of Jernigan for three years… a situation that John Mara was clearly upset enough about in his post season press conference to include in the otherwise vague “our offense is broken” segment.
But it doesn’t end there – more canned criticism from the Sun Sentinal that could be used against Gilrbide or Sherman:
“More rollouts? Yes. He could have done that”
“More screen passes? Yeah, OK. That’s fine.”
“Overall, their offensive talent wasn’t good.”
“It can’t protect the quarterback or throw deep. And midway through the year they lost their top slot receiver”
I mean the resemblance between these two franchises right now is uncanny! To make matters worse for the Giants though — we know what the winning formula looks like when the necessary pieces are in place. But that’s also part of the problem… us fans know we didn’t have the goods and yet it took 6 losses before we saw ANY damn adjustments!
We know we didn’t have a decent OL this year, and yet we’re still seeing 5 and 7 step drops with no time to deliver a strike. This offense, as we’ve stated COUNTLESS times this year in this forum, on Twitter, on the Giants very own morning radio show, did not adjust early enough to the realities of the roster and all too often defaulted to their failed offensive philosophy that we saw bring about a disappointing end to the 2012 season. You cannot live and die by the deep ball with no short game. This exact jekyll and hyde offensive scenario was on full display in the microcosm of the Detroit Lions game — which we critiqued here as to why Kevin Gilbride was most likely out as the OC. It came to be later that day — he wasn’t fired, he retired. But despite that detail, in the end the Giants and Dolphins are both looking for their next OC this offseason because everybody knows change MUST come or the fans aren’t showing up on game day any more. If progress isn’t made – The stadium next year will be as empty the vacant OC spot is right now.
I wish both front offices luck, there’s a lot of work to do and a lot of ground to make up.