Play calling like that is what sold me that Gilbride is not the right man for the Giants offensive coordinator position. Granted, this is the first time in a long time he has let me down.
However, I do not understand why the coaching staff decided to abandon the run. I know that we were trailing the entire game, but up until the final quarter we were only down by one field goal.
Furthermore, its not like the running game wasn't working—Jacobs ran for 52 yards on 10 carries and Ward had 39 yards on 8 carries. Clearly, there was no reason to not let these two carry the ball.
Instead, Gilbride ended up learning that it is not only tough to throw the football in Giants Stadium's December winds, it is also hard to catch the ball in those winds (see Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith).
Additionally, two plays stick out in my mind that made me go "what the hell is he thinking." The first was the atrocious call to run a reverse with Mario Manningham on second down. I don't remember the last time I saw the Giants run a reverse that worked (I'm actually really not sure that I ever have).
Note to Gilbride: If you want to give the kid a chance, give him a chance. Don't call some wild reverse when you are moving the football in the opening minutes of the game.
That play was good for -12 yards and led to the Giants drive stalling when they couldn't convert on fourth down.
The other play that I can't get out of my mind is the fourth down and two yards to go pitch to Ahmad Bradshaw. Don't get me wrong, I love Ahmad Bradshaw and I think he needs to get more touches, but just not that call.
While he's no Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward is a good power back. The play call should have been Ward following Madison Hedgecock up the middle. This surely would have netted the measly two yards the Giants needed. Heck, I would have even been fine seeing Bradshaw go up the middle with the way he keeps his legs churning.
I just don't understand a toss play on fourth down and two, I guess Gilbride took a page out of Andy Reid's book on how to not run the ball effectively.
So please Kevin, when we travel to Dallas, with or without Jacobs, please establish the run, and then let Eli pick apart the Dallas' secondary.