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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Offers Praise of Rookie David Wilson

December 7th, 2012 at 10:10 AM
By Dan Benton

For rookie running back David Wilson, year one of his NFL career hasn't gone exactly as he had planned. He was benched in the opening game of the season after coughing up a fumble to the Dallas Cowboys, and promptly found himself in the dog house of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

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Anyone that has ever been there would tell you it's not a good place to be, but Wilson took it in stride and continued to work hard in practice. He never complained, and just went about his business. Now, as we enter week 14 of the season, Coughlin is beginning to change his tune a bit. Not only has Wilson seen an increased workload (as a result of the injury to Andre Brown), but the coach recently offered some unprecedented praise of the youngster.

"He runs hard," Coughlin said on Thursday. "He ran hard and he showed that he can go in there and play, there’s no question about that. He has learned, he has developed. We need that. We need to be able to count on a number of backs this time of year and really at any time."

When asked if Wilson's assignments were on point, Coughlin said "they were."

The biggest concern for Wilson has been learning a pro-style offense as complex as the Giants' after coming out of a very simple college system. Whether it was in practice or in the game, coaches needed to feel comfortable with Wilson and his ability to not only run the ball, but pick up blitzes and protect quarterback Eli Manning.

Expect to see more and more of Wilson as he becomes more familiar with the offensive scheme and his assignments.


Tags: David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

52 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Offers Praise of Rookie David Wilson”

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  1.  Levito says:

    Earlier this week, Giants safety Antrel Rolle said that his teammates on the Giants defense should stop saying positive things about opponents before games because it gets in the way of developing the “nasty attitude” Rolle believes is necessary for a good performance.

    Not everyone on the Giants defense agrees with Rolle’s take on things. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora called Saints quarterback Drew Brees “one of the best quarterbacks in the league” ahead of this Sunday’s matchup with New Orleans, a sharp contrast to Rolle’s take that Umenyiora suggested the safety take up with him in private if he’s got a problem with it. Umenyiora also scoffed at the notion that there’s some carryover between pre-game praise and what happens on the field.

    “There’s definitely no carryover for that,” Umenyiora said, via the New York Daily News. “I think a lot of times you like to build somebody up only to tear them down. You don’t want to give anybody bulletin-board material. You don’t want to say, ‘Oh, these guys suck’ and then he comes out there and throws for 13 touchdowns on you. So if anything you want to err on the side of caution and say how good he is and then go out there and knock his head off.”

    The Giants didn’t have much praise for Redskins running back Alfred Morris (or Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer or several other players who have turned in good games against them this year) before he ran all over them on Monday night, so we’d suggest that any Giants defensive issues go well beyond saying nice things about players on other teams. Given the tightening of the NFC East race, Rolle and company would do well to figure them out as soon as possible.

    •  Levito says:

      Cool. I always enjoy seeing teammates take shots at each other through the media. What is this, the Jets?

        •  Levito says:

          This poorly constructed sentence suggests that Osi told the media Rolle should speak to him in private: “…a sharp contrast to Rolle’s take that Umenyiora suggested the safety take up with him in private if he’s got a problem with it.”

          • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

            “Journalism” at its finest. No one from PFT was there during the interviews, so how would they know how it sounded?

            •  Levito says:

              Here’s the actual quote from the article PFT used as the source. It’s not quite as direct as Josh Alper seems to imply. It’s a bit more passive agressive, but it’s still directed at Rolle.

              “That’s Antrel’s opinion,” Umenyiora said. “He’s one of our leaders. He’s one of the very good players we have on this team, so he’s entitled to that. But at the end of the day, if a guy’s a good player I’m going to call him a good player, period. That’s just the way it is. We’re playing against Drew Brees. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I’m going to say he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

              “If anybody has a problem with that, I guess they’ll take that up with me in private.”

  2.  Krow says:

    “I’d like to tell you how hard David Wilson plays … I’d like to, but I can’t … since I never let him touch the ball.”

    As for Osi on Drew Brees …

    “… XXXXX is one of the best XXXXXs in the league. In fact after the season … when I’m a free agent … I hope his team pays me a boatload of money to play with him.”

    RG3 … Brees … fill in the blanks. It’s Osi’s marketing campaign.

    •  Levito says:

      “He runs hard,” Coughlin said on Thursday. “He ran hard…” right into the middle of the defense because they stack the box every time the kid’s on the field.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask people this question for some time: does anyone think JPP looks significantly heavier this year than last?
    I look at him and see a thicker slower player than the previous season
    anyone else see that?

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    Dan Graziano from the NFC East blog on espn wrote a great article yesterday on who the blame falls on if we fail to make the playoffs. The answer of course is the coach and the Quarterback.

    I’d just like to expand on his thoughts. While most fans believe that the Giants are a mentally tough team that always digs deep when they need to, the truth is, they don’t. For some reason people use the 2011 and 2007 seasons to define the Giants, all but forgetting what colossal failures 2009 and 2010 were.

    TC and Eli will no doubt be remembered for their 2 SB wins against the Patriots and all the 4th Q comebacks along the way. However, if we fail to make the postseason this year, they’ll also be remembered for their inconsistency, and their habit of late season collapses.

    While TC and Eli have defeated the Pats twice in the SB, they are still not in the Patriots class. Because Bellicheck and Brady make the playoffs every single year. In fact only once when Brady has been the starter have the Pats missed the playoffs (2002), you can put Peyton Manning in that same class.

    If the theme of last season was Eli becoming “Elite” and putting inconsistency behind him, this years theme these first 12 games is that him and TC have fallen back into the same bad habits and trends that put Coughlin on the hot seat in the past.

    If Eli is in fact in the same great class as Brady and Peyton, then he will get us to January. It’d be foolish to expect a championship every season, even from all time greats. But a post season birth should no longer be a question, it should be a certainty.

    If we miss the playoffs then 2009 and 2010 are no longer blips on HOF careers but instead they are trends. People can make excuses all they like about injuries to certain players, but the fact of the matter is, NE has set the standard for what is expected year in and year out from elite HC/QB combos. These next 4 games will do a great deal in defining TC and Eli, for better or worse.

    The story on New Years day is either, we made the playoffs again, proving Eli and TC are in the highest class the NFL has to offer, or we completed another choke job, the 3rd one in 4 years.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    “JimStoll says:
    December 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    I’ve been meaning to ask people this question for some time: does anyone think JPP looks significantly heavier this year than last?
    I look at him and see a thicker slower player than the previous season
    anyone else see that?”

    For real he looks like they tried to fatten him during the off-season. Especially through the hips and legs. IMHO he has to come in at 275 lbs to be effective.
    He looks 290 and it’s a credit to his ability that he can still move like he does.
    Toward the end of the season, all of them are down by 20lbs or so.

    The good news is he’s kid. So the baby fat rules still apply.

  6.  Eric S says:


    Eric S says:
    December 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    As it pertains to Wilson, I’ve seen the words possible bust, slow to develop, not a starting caliber NFL back all bandied about on previous threads to which I say give it a rest. He’s had 28 carries in 12 games, Doug Martin and Alfred Morris have 236 and 230 carries respectively. Andre Brown had 73 carries this season, 33 of which came against Tampa and Carolina. It took this staff literally 2 months to figure out what we all did right away, that Brown should get way more carries than he was getting. In that 2 months Brown never got more than 7 carries in a game. It wasn’t until the GB game where he got 13 carries for 64 yards and a TD did the staff seem to realize this. Unfortunately he broke his leg.

    Wilson was a first round pick and as such expectations are high. He’s explosive and I get the feeling that many people expect him to take it to the house every time which creates unreal expectations. This staff has done him no favors by announcing to the world in no uncertain terms that they don’t trust him at all in pass protection meaning if you’re a defender and Wilson is in the game, more than likely you can cheat the run. On top of that you know they like to run pitches and counters with him to utilize his speed. It’s predictable. Leading up to the Washington game the talk was that he needed to be ready to step up and handle the increased workload. He got a whopping 4 carries. Again, Wilson has 28 carries for his career, Martin had 24 carries in his first game. Martin averages 20 carries a game, I think it’s fair to presume that Wilson would break off plenty of nice runs getting 20 carries a game. So let’s hold off on the disappointment until we get more than a few token touches a game.

    •  JimStoll says:

      hopefully we’ll get a chance to find out
      what is tough to accept is that a number 1 pick can get as little playing time as this guy
      even Prince who was injured all of last year got more playing time
      I always thought RB was the easiest transition position
      this kid is suppose to be a no. 1 talent
      Bradshaw is only a slightly above average runner
      the giants are desperate for explosive offensive weapons in the wake of Nicks’ injury and MM’s departure, and yet the kid can’t get on the field

      that’s why bust is already being used

      •  Eric S says:

        Given the history of this staff as it pertains to rookies and playing time I think it’s absolutely crazy to even mention the word bust with Wilson. I’m not sure it’s fair to throw Amukamara in there as an example as it appears we’re more willing to toss out a rook on defense than on offense. And if TT didn’t shred his knee last year Amukamara probably gets little to no snaps with Webster, TT and Ross ahead of him. Our most successful rookie on offense the last several years has been Nicks, and it took injuries to guys ahead of him for him to get quality snaps. Heck, Andre Brown proved he could be a major player on offense and they still barely gave him snaps when Bradshaw came back.

        Just this preseason people were calling Amukamara a bust, the guy had barely played and people were labeling him a bust. He got major playing time an lo and behold he’s been our best corner by far. During training camp people were ready to cut Jernigan, a 2nd year player and 3rd round pick. Jernigan is now starting to see some snaps on offense. Time will tell if he can be a player but it’s incredible how fast people jump ship on a guy if he doesn’t explode out of the gate.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    It’s all just talk until we see Wilson actually playing full series and full possessions, just as Bradshaw did when Jacobs was the lead dog and as Ward did when he was the putative third back. At THAT point we will know the coaches actually trust him (rather than just trying desperately to build up his confidence because they need him to play whether he’s ready or not).

    I think, given sufficient snaps, he will do very well. The kid is a great athlete. But as many have noted, he has to be allowed to get in a rhythm. Adrian Peterson would not be who he is if he got an occasional snap here-and-there when his presence in the lineup meant the play was a hand-off or pitch to him or a short pass to him in the flat, allowing the defense to move everyone tight to the LOS.

  8.  G-MenFan says:

    I’ve said this before on this site and I’ll repeat it:

    This Giants team under Tom Coughlin has a “hero complex”. They rarely “take care of business”–they are not a business-like team. They only play hard when it’s time to be “heroic” and they do heroic things to win games. They are allergic to the idea of a routine honest day’s work at the office. They either FAX it in or slay the dragon, there’s no “in between” with this group under TC.

  9.  Nosh.0 says:

    Absolutely. I def remember writing basically the same thing in 2010. I think the point is, greatness, in any sport, is not something that is proven once or twice and that’s it, your great. Greatness is something that needs to be earned over and over again, constantly.

    Last season they proved they were elite, but as stated above, thats not a question that gets to be answered only once, it needs to be answered over and over again.

    To me, the fans and the NFL are asking TC and Eli a simple question: Are you guys great? Are you elite? Then prove it these next 4 games.

  10.  rlhjr says:

    I will not put Wilson’s lack of PT on Coughlin being a hard ****.
    I am sure he wants the kid to succeed. But TC is old school (which is wonderful) and is not going to risk Eli or Wilson getting hurt for lack of knowledge. Coach holds the line on rook performance. But I feel if a kid really was leaps and bounds ahead of the curve, TC would let him play.

    Right now however, TC needs Wilson to perform.

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