Tight Ends Coach Kevin M. Gilbride
June 19, 2014
Q: Howís the switch been?
A: Iíve enjoyed it. Itís such a different aspect, especially with everything that we do offensively with the tight ends. Iíve enjoyed the guys, theyíve worked hard coming in with this offense and everything that the offense is asked to do in the backfield, in an in-line position, playing the fullback role, playing the number one receiver, the number two receiver. Itís been a lot of teaching and the way that the guys are adapting to learning it, you have to teach conceptually and learn conceptually within this offense and theyíve done a good job with it.
Q: Coach McAdoo was saying that this isnít a completely new offense, that there are going to be some aspects of the old one. How much, if you can give a percentage, is old versus new?
A: I canít give a specific percentage but thereís definitely carry-over within our position, being asked to do all of those different roles. Thereís a lot of new involved with it for those guys, for those players but itís been enjoyable for me to teach and itís been enjoyable, I believe, for them. I think theyíve enjoyed learning the new aspects and the full picture of the offense.
Q: Whatís the biggest difference youíve seen from Adrien Robinson from last year to this year?
A: Well I didnítí coach him much last year so I canít speak to how he was before. I do know this Ė heís working incredibly hard to learn. Thatís something that, going in, just knowing him as a personality not as someone Iíve taught before, I didnít know. Heís in there, heís taking copious notes, heís answering questions very well. What we need to do is we need to get him to be able to transition that onto the field. Heís made strides, thereís no doubt that heís made strides but there needs to be a lot more. The more in detail we get with him, sometimes he loses some of the basics as far as the techniques are concerned and weíve got to get some carry-over with it.
Q: Whatís it been like working with Ben McAdoo after working with your father for the last couple of years?
A: I was going to make a joke but then you guys will all write about it. Itís really been very good. Heís a very good teacher. Heís very patient, whether itís questions from the players, questions from us if weíre not 100 percent sure because itís a lot, putting in a full new offense is a lot, so there are things that we donít necessarily know 100% that he does just from the detail perspective. So heís been great, heís been great in that regard.
Q: How is your dad doing? I know heís doing some work at ESPN, is he enjoying it?
A: I think heís really enjoying it. We get a vacation in the summer, heís been on vacation since the end of the season so heís enjoyed it. Heís been able to do what he enjoys doing. Heís spoken at a ton of different coaches clinics, heís spoken at high school banquets, things like that, things he hasnít gotten the opportunity to do as much with our busy schedule as a coach so heís really enjoyed the aspect of the vacation so far.
Q: Whatís it been like for you replacing someone like Coach Pope who had been here for so many years and had been identified with the position for so long?
A: I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Coach Pope for four years before so I got to know him as a man and as a coach and a teacher. I havenít thought much about replacing him so itís a hard question for me to answer. I will say this Ė he was a very good coach and a great man.