Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Sullivan leading candidate for New York Giants offensive coordinator job

Kevin Gilbride form his position as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and according to reports, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is the leading candidate to replace Gilbride.

Sullivan was the quarterbacks coach under Tom Coughlin from 2010-2011 in New York before taking the Bucs’ offensive coordinator job. Prior to coaching Eli Manning and the Giants quarterbacks he was the team’s wide receivers coach for six seasons.

Manning could benefit from the return of Sullivan after a season marred by a number of interceptions in a season that was his worst as a pro.

From Sullivan’s bio:

“Under Sullivan’s tutelage, Manning achieved two of the best seasons in the league during that time, culminating in Super Bowl XLVI MVP honors. In 2011, Manning set a single-season franchise record in completions (359) and passing yards (4,933), which also ranked as the sixth-highest mark in NFL history at that time. He was nominated to the 2012 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl and set the NFL record for most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a season with 15. In two seasons with Sullivan as his position coach, Manning compiled the top two single-season completion totals and two of the top five passing yards and touchdown pass marks in Giants history.”

Sullivan didn’t exactly have a sterling two seasons in Tampa, but did get a sensational rookie year out of running back Doug Martin last year and did help rookie quarterback, Mike Glennon turn the corner this season after Josh Freeman flamed out.

A return to New York would make sense for both parties and the familiarity with Coughlin and Manning could help ensure a quick transition to Sullivan who has a number of the same concepts and principles that Gilbride implemented.

Tags: Eli Manning Kevin Gilbride Mike Sullivan New York Giants Tom Coughlin

  • Robert Campbell

    If Sullivan does get the job as OC he is going to have his work cut out for him. The offensive line is in a dilapidated state, the receiver corps is in flux and there are not many indicators that running backs will be making much of a leap forward. The most pressing issue, and of course, and is the priority, is to shore up the offensive line. Eli Manning took way too many hits/sacks this season and the running game was stalled due to an ineffectual offensive line. Without the ability to establish a ground game there is no play action pass game and then the offense becomes highly predictable and the result is turnovers which killed the Giants this year. In conjunction with the repairs that are needed on the offensive line is the Tight End position. I am not ready to give up on Brandon Myers because he is a solid player it was just that he was a West Coast Offensive TE and his production went up later on the season;however, the Giants need to look for a solid TE in the third or fourth round of the draft and obviously improve Myers as a blocker. Unfortunately, Nicks will not be worth signing and the Offensive will be in need of replacement wide out. Ruben Randle has stepped up in the last year but he was responsible for many blown route that resulted in turnovers. What the Giants need is split end with greater height and a solid vertical leap as Eli is prone to throw high. Finally, what to do about the backfield? It is unknown as to whether David Wilson will be returning and if so how effective he will be. Tragically, Gilbride is to blame for not using him outside the tackles enough and when inside Wilson is an all or nothing running back. One has to consider that Andre Brown is an injury prone player and be prepared to have suitable back up. I would keep Peyton Hillis and look for a possible free agent to buttress the RB corps Toby Gerhart from Minnesota would be a reasonable acquisition depending on cap situation. Alibi for the QB position Eli is still are guy, but cut Painter, and begin to develop Ryan Nassib to be the back up. This way there are cap funds that are freed up and those funds of course are needed elsewhere.