The New York Giants relieved Kevin Gilbride of his duties as offensive coordinator following the 2013 season, and he’s yet to return to the sideline. However, that is about to change.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that Gilbride will return to football in 2020 as head coach of the XFL’s New York franchise.
The XFL, which is owned by WWE’s Vince McMahon, will make its return next year with a more serious take on the game of football than their previous attempt, which lasted only one season in 2001 and was hindered by extreme rules and parody.
Given the failure of the Alliance of American Football this year, many across the football world are already soured on the return of the XFL, but given that more than 40 players from the AAF have been signed by the XFL, there is a clear void during the spring that could be beneficial to both the NFL and CFL.
Gilbride, meanwhile, will take over as a head coach for the first time since he held that role with the San Diego Chargers (1997-1998).
Gilbride served as the Giants’ quarterback coach from 2004-2006 before taking over as their offensive coordinator in 2007. He helped lead the team to two Super Bowl titles during that span and, to this day, has gotten more out of quarterback Eli Manning than any other coach or coordinator.