Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/13/11

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2008: Kevin Gilbride of the New York Giants poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Getty Images)
In 2003 after an abysmal 4-12 season that was decimated by injuries, the New York Giants fired head coach Jim Fassell. The team had lacked discipline on the field and the former head coach had lost total control of his locker-room. It was time for a changing of the guard, and the organization needed a leader who would restore order to this franchise. On January the 6, 2004 a new general was found as former Jacksonville Jaguar coach Tom Coughlin was named the 16th head coach of the New York Giants. This wasn’t Coughlin’s first experience in New York, as he served under Bill Parcells as his wide receiver coach from 1988-1990. Much like his mentor, Coughlin was known as a strict disciplinarian, whose stern approach and meticulous attention to detail earned him the nickname “Colonel Coughlin” with his players. Once taking over the team, Coughlin hired Kevin Gilbride to be the quarterbacks coach. Gilbride was from the Coughlin coaching tree in Jacksonville, serving as Tom’s offensive coordinator from 1995-1996. This was not going to be an easy chore as Tom Coughlin was about to take over a team in disarray after the Giants finished the previous season with one of [...]
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