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Giants rookie Wilson “a little bit out of the doghouse”

David Wilson,  Eli Manning AP

The message was as clear as it was curt.

But Giants coach Tom Coughlin is willing to give first-round pick David Wilson another chance.

The rookie running back didn’t get another snap on offense after fumbling in last week’s loss to the Cowboys, but Coughlin said Wilson was “a little bit out of the doghouse” now, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Coughlin said Wilson responded “well” and will “certainly” get a chance to fix things this week, though he didn’t specify how big Wilson’s role would be.

Asked if coaches would talk to Wilson and emphasize ball security drills, Coughlin said: “all of the above.”

“He’s anxious to do right,” Coughlin said of the rookie.

As much as Coughlin needed to prove his point in the opener, he also needs to re-integrate Wilson into his offense. As much as he might trust Ahmad Bradshaw, they need a dynamic element to the running game, and Wilson could provide that.

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14 Responses to “Giants rookie Wilson “a little bit out of the doghouse””
  1. brenenostler says: Sep 12, 2012 11:55 AM

    I think Tom Coughlin needs to watch Michael Jordan’s “failure” commercial. Even the best running backs fumble.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    More than anything they need to be able to just ram it in there. Maybe that’s more an O-line issue tho..

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 12, 2012 11:59 AM

    Tom is making his point and Wilson gets it. The kid wants to excel and help the team. He will atone for the fumble on Sunday.

  4. salventuri says: Sep 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    I think it was a HUGE mistake to bench him. It might have cost them the game.

    Who knows, Wilson could have pulled off a few big plays. Crazy Legs Bradshaw wasn’t exactly ripping it up and the rest of the team looked flat, especially the invisible secondary. Let the kid play. He looks good. Coughlin was way too quick to give the kid the hook.

  5. captfoxboro says: Sep 12, 2012 12:31 PM

    Big Coughlin fan here ( despite him leading his team past my Pats …again ) but I think he mishandled the rook on opening night . The replay showed it was a solid hit that caused the fumble – not lack of effort to protect the ball .
    The G-men didnt lose because of Wilson’s fumble – in fact the game was 0 – 0 when Coughlin handcuffed his teams chances for victory by benching his Rb and taking another O option off the table for his team.
    Coughlin is as good as any coach in the NFL , but IMO in this instance he let his temperament get the better of him .

  6. paintballx3dotcom says: Sep 12, 2012 12:34 PM

    Nothing to talk about. All was handled exactly the right way on both sides….

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 12, 2012 12:44 PM

    Fact is Giants will need Wilson as Bradshaw is often injured. Wilson just may win one for them so they better get him on field and out of the doghouse.

  8. butkusditka says: Sep 12, 2012 12:53 PM

    This is am Ol school coach making a point to a rookie. Maybe he overstated his point, I consider it nipping a potential problem in the bud. Not just for the Giants but for this kids career. Caughlin doesnt win sb’s by being stupid. He understands that he has another weapon in the rook, and he’ll use him.

  9. mangycougar says: Sep 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    Perhaps Jason Pierre Paul should give him in a cold bath. It might wake him up.

  10. wikipediasaidso says: Sep 12, 2012 2:04 PM

    Has to suck to have probably the biggest night of your (football) life go south like that, in your first NFL game and in front of a prime-time, opening night TV audience.

    Some people may not like the way Coughlin handled it, but he’s always coached that way especially with young, unproven players (not many second chances for those guys if you screw up big in a game), and he’s carved out a successful career with that approach.

    Wilson’s been a stand-up guy about it — makes me want to root for things to go his way this week.

  11. east96st says: Sep 12, 2012 2:44 PM

    “I think Tom Coughlin needs to watch Michael Jordan’s “failure” commercial.”

    Exactly! A coach that’s won two Super Bowl in five years really needs to spend more time watching commercials. By NOT taking the 30 second advice of a retired basketball player, one can only imagine how many Super Bowl victories Coughlin has cost his team.

    Do you even think about what you’re posting?

  12. kev86 says: Sep 12, 2012 2:57 PM

    I was at the game and said he should be benched for the remainder of it after it happened. That was a horrible fumble. Not only did Lee knock it out EASY, it totally took the life/momentum away from the champs who were driving nicely at the time.

    Let Coach Coughlin coach.

  13. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 12, 2012 7:17 PM

    TC is not known for playing first year players much to begin with so this kid got a chance and blew it now it needs to prove he worth a second one.

  14. brenenostler says: Sep 14, 2012 6:14 PM

    east96st says:
    Sep 12, 2012 2:44 PM
    “I think Tom Coughlin needs to watch Michael Jordan’s “failure” commercial.”

    Exactly! A coach that’s won two Super Bowl in five years really needs to spend more time watching commercials. By NOT taking the 30 second advice of a retired basketball player, one can only imagine how many Super Bowl victories Coughlin has cost his team.

    Do you even think about what you’re posting?
    ___________________________

    Dude calm down. I’m not questioning Coughlin’s resume. I’m just saying mistakes are going to happen. That’s how rookie’s learn. The “failure” commerical reference is a good way to demonstrate that even the best players have failed too.

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