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Tiki Barber Works with New York Giants RB David Wilson in Effort to Cure Fumbling Issues

September 13th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

'National Book Festival 2008' photo (c) 2008, Darien Library - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/ Now and forever, fans of the New York Giants will debate the loyalty of Tiki Barber to the organization he spent his entire career playing for. Unfortunately, negativity is often the memory that remains in the forefront of our minds, and for that reason, people will always recall Barber's criticism of head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning. What they won't remember is that Barber admitted he was wrong, to Manning's face, on National TV.

Those issues are now far behind all of us and that book has been closed. And while the feelings of some may linger, Barber and the Giants organization have moved on from their tiff.

As part of a new chapter in his post-football career and involvement with the Giants organization, Barber spent some of his time earlier this week talking with running back David Wilson, who has developed a bit of a fumbling problem.

"If people are ready to give up on David, that's ridiculous," Barber told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "As much as people want to say it's in his head, that he has to be smarter and man up and do these things, it's so much of a mechanical thing. It's fixable. The key is awareness of when contact is coming. If you watch David's fumbles, he's not aware of contact. He just thinks he can go through [the tackler], and by the time the contact comes, the ball is already compromised."

Like Wilson, Barber once developed a case of fumblitis that nearly cost him his job. But despite his sometimes strenuous relationship with Coughlin, the two worked together and came up with a mechanical change that not only fixed Barber's issues, but likely saved his career. And now, with Wilson potentially facing the same fate, Barber has taken it upon himself to offer assistance to the running back he says can be a "special" player in this league.

"He gave me some advice I can really use," Wilson said. "It makes sense. It felt good in practice, so I plan on using it."

Wilson has managed to remain positive and forward-thinking despite his recent struggles, but he understands that if he keeps putting the ball on the ground, he's not going to play. As such, when you see him with the ball this Sunday, it will look a lot like the way Barber carried the ball later in his career. And should this nip the fumbling problem in the bud, fans will have Tiki Barber, at least in part, to thank for it.

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

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