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David Wilson’s Fumbling Problems Make Coach See Red & More from Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

September 11th, 2013 at 11:25 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference on Wednesday and was, as to be expected, not in a very good mood. After falling to 0-1 as a result of an "embarrassing" loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the coach merely wanted to focus on the Denver Broncos. The media didn't. But we'll get to that a bit later.

'Tom Coughlin watches from the sideline' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license:

First and foremost, the team released the pre-practice injury report which listed six players, including: Prince Amukamara (Concussion), David Baas (Knee), Dan Connor (Neck), David Diehl (Thumb), Damontre Moore (Shoulder) and Adrien Robinson (Foot).

Of the players included, Coughlin only addressed Amukamara's status, saying that the cornerback would not practice today, but was "feeling much better." He also admitted "concern" over the injury to Connor and the numbers at linebacker, which would explain why the team opted to sign Emmanuel Acho as opposed to defensive end Adewale Ojomo.

And as it relates to Brandon Jacobs? The coach says he appears "more humble" and in "good shape," adding that B-Jac wasn't brought in simply as a result of David Wilson, but because the team needs him to step up and perform out of the gate.

"I think he's in pretty good shape," Coughlin said. "I think he's gonna go practice and, quite frankly, we need him to play. … He is here to contribute to our team."

As far as Wilson, his fumbling problems and the relentless media questions about it…. Well, to say Coughlin is angry at the collective mess would be an understatement. After multiple inquiries, he got red in the face, raised his voice and didn't hide how mad he was over it.

"He was careless and it cost us dearly," Coughlin said. "We need him. He's necessary. He's a marked man, so he has to overcome it."

But the questions did not stop there. And as they continued, the coach got angrier and angrier … and his responses reflected that anger.

"He fumbles. He fumbled the ball! It's something he must overcome," the coach added. "Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man. Can't say anymore about David Wilson except that if I watch him in practice and his technique doesn't change, I'll let you know."

As he left the podium and headed to practice, he could be heard saying "Let's talk more about David Wilson!" Yikes.


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Tags: Brandon Jacobs, Dan Connor, David Wilson, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Tom Coughlin

21 Responses to “David Wilson’s Fumbling Problems Make Coach See Red & More from Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    “We need him. He’s necessary.” – Is the most important thing TC said. That means Wilson is not going to get a greatly reduced role.

    •  Levito says:

      He might if BJ actually moves the chains and blocks well. They don’t need a homrun threat on the field on all plays, they need someone to keep their franchise QB standing and the first downs coming.

      Wilson may not see an immediate decrease in playing time, but he’s certainly on a short leash.

  2.  Andiamo P says:

    when does KG stop scripting the offenses first 15 plays or so?

    How many plays did KG personally call that have resulted in turnovers?

    Seems like the norm for the Giants is to start slow on offense and finish strong. And play well in the 2 minute.

    So again, when does KG just stop already? When does the Media dare call him on that?

  3.  Aziz Mohamed says:

    lol, haven’t seen coughlin this mad in awhile. i agree with his sentiments though.

  4.  GIANTT says:

    Just looking at the list of top 10 Giants running backs
    If Jacobs needs any more motivation ,how about this ?
    Hes 4th on the list with 4849 – he needs 151 to get to 5000 as a Giant
    Number 3 is Joe Morris with 5296 , so he needs -quick wheres the teach to do the math ? – 447 to become number 3 on the Giants list .
    I know if that was me , that would be MY goal – first get to 5000 then pass
    Shoeless Joe Morris to become number 3 . That would CERTAINLY silence the critics and if he produced in any reasonable fashion , doable by the end of this season

    •  Krow says:

      That would mean about 100 carries. I got nothing against the Big Guy, but I don’t think he gets that many touches.

      •  GIANTT says:

        thats about 8 carries a game if he does well and stays on for the whole season . I dont see that as beyond reason

  5.  Krow says:

    It’s hard to get down on Baas for his on-field performance. I know he hasn’t exactly lit it up. But there’s a revolving door of jags to his left … and the Clown Prince on his right. What sort of chance does he have with that kind of crap as a supporting cast? He’s probably doing the work of 3.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I have little problem with his on-field performance. I think he has played better than most will acknowledge. But offensive linemen who cannot stay on the field, especially at center and at the tackles, are damaged goods.

      As to Snee, we really cannot look at his salary. It would drive any rational person nuts if you think about what we could have on the team if only he was being paid the $2-3MM justified by his current play. You just have to assess him as you would someone being paid like Baas is paid. Is Snee adequate, or better than that, at right guard? He wasn’t very good against Dallas. But perhaps with another week of practice that will change. I think he’ll be okay, if horribly overpaid.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Let’s see. Brandon Jacobs wants to prove all the people who wouldn’t give him a contract wrong (the Giants were right to let him go when he wanted more money than they’d pay, but getting him on a veteran minimum non-guaranteed deal = priceless, and anyone else in the league could have tried to corral him on the same terms). He wants to get his paycheck each week (a bad week could result in them bringing someone else in and jettisoning him). He wants to stick around with his buddies and play in front of fans who love him (if you doubt that wait for the reaction when he’s coming through the tunnel on to the field on Sunday). He wants to retire a Giant.

    Yeah, the big boy is motivated. And no one brought him here just to act as a mentor.

  7.  Krow says:

    And I think Doghouse has an uphill battle. The good news is that TC is putting him back on the field. But there’s no question that Gramps is cranked over it. I’m pulling for him. Another bad outing and he’s in deep sh1t. Deep deep deep. Neck high.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Good test of character. I think Wilson’s a good kid. Smart too. Let’s see if he meets the challenge. If he does (and I would look at the blocking every bit as much as the ball security, if not more) then that could catapult him to great things. Right now, he has to prove himself to the coaches and his teammates, just like Prince had to do. But in this case, just as much as the other, the players know he’s a rare talent who can help them win. They’re going to help him through it.

      And Tom Coughlin has to find that fine line between teaching + demanding more + encouragement, and scolding + penalizing and demotivating a talented young man. I think he will, but he has to control himself. Be demanding, but help the kid come back to what he can be by allowing him to succeed in situations where he should.

      I’ll go back to a New York icon: Mickey Mantle. He carried the Yankees for years, but also struck out often in important situations. Did Casey Stengel think of benching him? When you have a guy who can hit home runs for you you have to understand that a few strikeouts come along with the territory. TC needs to chill out just a bit before he does something he’ll regret and the players will resent. The players want Wilson playing. They know what he can do.

  8.  Krow says:

    Of course the collateral damage here is that Wilson is now known as a fumbler. Not only that … they know they can strip the ball from him. They can take his lunch. So every tackle he’s going to get mauled. This can really mess with someone’s head, and take them out of their game.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Not every set of officials is headed by Bill Leavy. He allowed Wilson to be stood up and mauled long past when he blew the whistle when any Cowboy had his momentum stopped. That creep still hates the Giants from way back when they filed a complaint against him with the league. I have said for the past 4-5 years that when Leavy is the referee the line should move at least 3-4 points against the Giants. He never gives us a fair shake.

  9.  giantsou812 says:

    WTF does the front office do?
    Are they having tickle fights in practice?
    Nobody seen this coming?

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