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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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