Gilbride's reputation taking  hit

Kevin Gilbride was once considered an offensive genius, but his star has been on the wane since 1996.

Updated: November 20, 2003, 1:07 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Despite being known as the coach that was attacked by Buddy Ryan, Kevin Gilbride had a reputation as being an innovative offensive coach. He was the mind behind a Houston Oilers offense that finished in the top three in all four of his years as offensive coordinator (1990-93), and he excelled in the passing game. The Oilers finished atop the league in passing yards in each of those years.

He then took over as the offensive coordinator for the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, and after a rough start he had the offense ranked second in total yards and tops in passing in only their second season. And his offense was the main reason the Jags reached the AFC Championship game in just two years.

It's fair to say that he peeked in 1996, because his star has been on the wane ever since. He got the head coaching job in San Diego but didn't last two seasons, and wound up as the Pittsburgh Steelers coordinator in 1999. But he was gone in two seasons after he couldn't get the Steelers offense moving and spent 2001 as an analyst because no one offered him a job.


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