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New York Giants’ David Wilson Still Learning Pro Offense; Coaches Explain Lack of Playing Time

November 14th, 2012 at 11:30 AM
By Dan Benton

From the outside looking in, it's easy as a fan to say "the New York Giants need to use David Wilson more!" In fact, it's been a common mantra all season and even more so in recent weeks. However, as we've mentioned time and time again here on Giants 101, there's a lot more that goes into being a productive part of the Giants' offense than just speed. On Tuesday, running backs coach Jerald Ingram gave some insight into why Wilson hasn't become a more permanent fixture.

"Yes, he's explosive, but at what cost is explosive?" Ingram said. "Is he explosive at the cost of not being able to play well, not being able to know his job well enough and being a pro? That all has to develop."

Comparisons have been drawn to Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and what he's been able to accomplish out of the gate, but it's easy to forget that he was used in a pro-style offense at Boise State, while Wilson, at Virginia Tech, was simply handed the ball and told to run. This doesn't necessarily mean the ceiling is any higher for Martin than it is Wilson, just that Martin came in with three years of a pro system under his belt.

"He’s got to be able to do all other things besides just running the ball," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. "It’s not just running the ball when you’re a running back in the National Football League. It’s about catching passes, it’s about blocking, it’s about being able to protect the quarterback. All those things are taken into consideration when you determine whether a guy gets playing time or not."

As a first-round pick, expectations are high and many envision you coming in and immediately contributing at a veteran level. Look no further than cornerback Prince Amukamara, who was almost immediately written off as a bust because he didn't immediately adjust to the pro game. The same has been said of Wilson, and those who aren't barking up that tree have been critical of the coaches for not featuring him.

"What is expected and what's reality is the game," Ingram said. "That's the fact. Yeah, just because you're a first-round draft pick doesn't mean you're ready to play, or they'd all be great."

Wilson has incredible athletic ability, and sooner rather than later he's going to put it all together. He may not have sped out of the gate, but it's not going to take him long to prove he was a worthy first-round selection. It's just a matter of having the time and patience. The Giants have it. Wilson has it. The fans just need to catch up.

Photo credit: Mike Gannon


Tags: David Wilson, Doug Martin, Football, Jerald Ingram, Kevin Gilbride, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Wilson Still Learning Pro Offense; Coaches Explain Lack of Playing Time”

  1.  TonyMW says:

    TonyMW says:
    November 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM
    Pretty nice breakdown of our offensive drives against the Bengals:

    kinsho says:
    November 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Can we get this link stickied somehow? This is a very good read.

    A couple things that I took away from this:

    1. Does Diehl really suck as badly as we all originally thought?
    2. Snee sucked for this game as well.
    3. David Wilson will not be used effectively unless they opt to have him in the backfield on passing downs.

    To be honest, I never really noticed Chris Snee in this game, but I do see quite a few people here mentioning that he wasn’t getting the job done at all. Hopefully, whatever’s troubling him will go away after the bye. We’ll need him in top form for Green Bay, especially if Diehl’s going to be his right-hand man.

    As for Diehl not being as bad as we thought…I noticed quite a few times that the article mentioned that some of the plays that we were quick to blame on Diehl’s poor blocking was probably more due to Bennett not picking up on his assignments. Hmm…I’ll have to rewatch game tape on this…

    fanfor55years says:
    November 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    That’s great stuff. The most interesting conclusion you can reach is that the execution on the right side of the line was awful but the coaches put them in pretty good position to do things and Eli was very good.

    Makes you realize even more that the special teams’ failures and defensive miscommunications were a HUGE factor in the Giants’ getting themselves into trouble (I’d love to know which moron of the gunners went OB on the punt coverage that eventually cost the Giants about 60 yards of field position) . Add in the Bradshaw fumble and one really poor decision by Eli and there you have it.

    •  TonyMW says:

      Breakdown of individual plays like that (especially by someone other than yourself, it’s nice to have a different perspective) really shows how close we are. It also shows the fine line between looking dominant and looking downright awful. As bad as this team has been the past few weeks, I have faith they CAN get it turned around. If they WILL remains to be seen.

      •  TonyMW says:

        Also, this proves that we as fans shouldn’t necessarily jump to conclusions by what we see on TV (I’m plenty guilty of this myself). As knowledgeable as some of us are, we just don’t know how any given play is designed and how it’s supposed to be executed. The lack of communication between Diehl and Bennett is a perfect example of that.

        •  Chad Eldred says:

          Yeah, but I’m pretty sure letting a DE run untouched at the QB wasn’t part of the game plan the last two Sundays. Diehl hasn’t always sucked. In fact, considering he was a G that transitioned to LT, he was adequate. But we’ve all seen his skills erode the last several seasons, and now it’s a serious liability. That’s not me or anyone else here badmouthing Diehl, it’s just the truth.

  2.  Krow says:

    I think we’re in for a mini-restructuring after the season ends. We’ve all kicked this around, but I just get the (totally unsubstantiated) feeling that Reese has a plan … one that includes us getting a little younger … faster … hungrier.

    The cap certainly drives this sort of thinking. But it also seems that we’ve gotten old at critical positions … and that some experiments are reaching the end of their tenure.

    Not a ‘blow it up’ sort of thing … not by a long shot. That’s so not our style. But more than the usual turnover.

    IMHO …

    •  TonyMW says:

      I guess it’s only natural that a team goes through minor “re-tooling” for a few consecutive years before a more substantial overhaul is necessary. I agree with you that the time is near. My only question is: Do we have the resources to get this done? They only have so many draft choices, and I’d have to imagine Reese won’t be a big player in FA. With the money being spent keeping our own talent, I just can’t think of a scenario where their would be the ability to spend money, even if some highly paid vets were allowed to walk (Webster?). Do we have some gems currently on the roster? Possibly. Regardless, Reese sure has his work cut out for him.

  3.  TonyMW says:

    On a side note- Why does it seem that there is always a record or negative streak being broken, a player or team doing this or that for the first time, or a career high…..while playing the Giants. Surely it’s because this is the only team I follow….right?

  4.  JimStoll says:

    when it comes to wilson and playing time, our coaching staff is full of doggie-doo-doo

  5.  demo3356 says:

    Krow is correct about the mini restructuring after this year. He and I have been suggesting this for a while. We have a bunch of young studs due to get paid and a bunch of high priced vets nearing the downside of their career. I can see any 4-5 out of Tuck, Osi, Diehl, Snee, Webster, Bradshaw, Bass, Canty, Boley or Rolle gone next year.. I think Rolle and Canty are more likely renegotiate candidates than cap casualties candidates but either way at least 4 of the above mentioned will be gone enxt year if not more

    •  JimStoll says:

      Osi and Diehl gone for sure. Webster I would think very likely gone.
      Snee? son-in-law? hard to imagine
      Bradshaw maybe gone
      Baas? I can’t see that. whose his replacement?
      Canty is a question given his questionable health since he arrived.
      Boley and Rolle have had the best tenure of the bunch; doubt they would want to say good-bye to either

      •  demo3356 says:

        Osi Deihl and Bradshaw are no brainers.. The rest will be asked to restructure at the least. Remember I said at least 4. look at the salaries listed below.

    •  Krow says:

      Yep. A measured restructuring. But I think it’s going to happen. Reese is a cold customer. And the off-season is when he does his work. I think we’re in for a somewhat different team next season. Not drastic, but more than is typical. Especially if we do poorly from here on out.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Salaries for 2013
    Antrel Rolle $7,000,000
    Corey Webster $7,000,000
    Chris Snee $6,450,000
    Chris Canty $6,250,000
    Justin Tuck $4,500,000
    Michael Boley $4,250,000
    David Baas $4,250,000
    David Diehl $4,100,000
    Ahmad Bradshaw $3,750,000
    Looking at this list, its not hard to see where the money for Cruz, Nicks, Beatty, Phillips and JPP’s new deals will come from

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Renegotiating a contract is simple. Convert salary into bonus and bam.

      •  demo3356 says:

        I agree, teams do it all the time, the problem is that bonus still counts vs the cap, its just spread out over the life of contract so do it too much and you end up with a ton of “dead money”. I’m thinking 4-5 of the above guys are gone , another few are asked to restructure

        •  TonyMW says:

          There definitely has to be some caution in the restructuring of contracts. I don’t think it should even be considered unless there is absolute certainty that a particular player is a big part of the future plan. Too much restructuring just leads to the same issues every few seasons.

  7.  Krow says:

    There’s so many decisions to be made Reese’s head must already be spinning. Look at demo’s numbers. There’s going to be a few gold watches handed out. And some younger players who have had their shot … they’ve got 6 games prove their worth. Definitely the sh1tty part of the GM job, but you have to be bloodless. Sentimentality translates to losses.

    •  demo3356 says:

      No doubt.. That’s close to $50 mil in salary, NOT including what Osi would want to stay. We either say goodbye to some of those Vets or some of our young studs.. Cant keep both

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