David Wilson chides media for bringing up his fumble, benching


Giants coach Tom Coughlin is willing to let David Wilson out of the doghouse “a little,” but the rookie running back thinks the media is trying to put him back in.

Wilson, the first-round pick who was benched after his fumble in the opener, said there was a clear leader when asked the worst thing about it.

They won’t let me forget about it,” Wilson said, via Newsday’s Tom Rock, who is apparently part of the “they”. “I’m trying to move on and every day someone comes and asks me about it.”

He said he was “definitely surprised” by the attention the fumble received.

“Quarterbacks throw interceptions and running backs fumble all the time,” he said. “I think even after I have a successful game questions about the fumble will come again …

“I’ve fumbled before and it hasn’t stopped me from getting here. It might happen again. Just take a licking and keep on ticking.”

Wilson’s biggest sin was fumbling in last Wednesday’s opener, giving the largest media market an extra half-week to grind away at him. He didn’t have to worry about that when he was fumbling at Virginia Tech.

So the sooner he can get out there the better, so those big meanies in the New York media will leave him alone.

23 responses to “David Wilson chides media for bringing up his fumble, benching

  1. This kid is a stud but like Tiki Barber before him talent means nothing if your putting the ball on the ground .

  2. This should be pretty simple. You’re a rookie. Get the talking points from the coaches/pr; learn the script; and stick to it. Or shut up! Then let the performance over time either prove you right, or prove you wrong.

    The worst thing to do is to get defensive and too wordy. It will spiral! Darin’s last comment is exactly right!

  3. David, first of all don’t cry on the football field. Second, don’t fumble. Third, the Giants wish you where Doug Martin. Wow… Just one pick away…

  4. He should go play for Seattle no one pays attention to what happens with that city or football team anyways!….lol

  5. TC will have him carrying a ball around like Tiki had to, and have the rest of the team swatting at it all week… he’ll learn to hold it properly, just like Tiki did, and he’ll go on to have a fine career, like Tiki did. I just hope he doesn’t retire early, bash the team, and leave his preggo wife for a 20 year old like Tiki did…

  6. If Bill Belichick is the evil genius, Coughlin is the ultimate mastermind. With all the attention on “the fumble”, TC has jedi mind tricked this kid (unbeknownst to Wilson) to never fumble again.

  7. Diehard Giants fan here:

    If I’m David Wilson, I’m telling the media, “Enjoy it – the rest of the season your only story you’ll need to write is how I’m scoring TD’s, racking up yards and winning games.”

    That’s just how I’d handle it, though.

  8. That’s the media for you, especially this big market. All you can do is continue to get used to it and if you want refer to the veterans and coaches for advice. And of course let your play do the talking, don’t give the media much detail, and try to be neutral.

  9. Hey, kid…welcome to the NFL! By the way, media will continue talking about fumbles until you, wait for it….stop fumbling!!! I’m conflicted…on the one hand, I want to yell- “There’s no crying in football!!!” On the other hand, it’s nice that the young man cares so deeply about doing a good job.

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