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New York Giants GM Jerry Reese: We Can’t Count on David Wilson Yet for 2014

January 1st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

The 2013 season was supposed to be David Wilson's breakout year as the top running back for the New York Giants. But, instead, his future with the team and as a football player in general may be in jeopardy.

During the Giants' Week 5 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson suffered a neck injury when he was slammed into the turf at MetLife Stadium and after further testing, it was revealed that he has spinal stenosis; which narrows the spinal column and has been a career-ending injury in the past to NFL players; Michael Irvin's career ended on the same injury.

Wilson has not committed to having surgery on his neck just yet, but even if it does, Giants general manager Jerry Reese told the media on Monday that at the current moment, the team isn't counting on Wilson to be their main running back in 2014 because of the injury he suffered this past season.

“I don’t think you go into the next season saying David Wilson’s going to be our No. 1 starting running back,’’ Reese said Monday. “The guy is coming off of a neck surgery, if he decides to have it. The earlier reports that I’ve gotten, doctors do think they can fix this and he’ll be able to play."

Because of Wilson's injury, the team had to rely on mid-season signings of Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis, plus the return of Andre Brown off temporary injured reserve in Week 10, but Wilson's injury was just one of many issues that the Giants offense had to deal with in the season.

In Week 1, Wilson had a major case of the fumbles. as he coughed up the ball twice in a 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and ultimately, lead to the Giants signing Jacobs for Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.

In five games played during the 2013 season, Wilson had 44 caries for 146 yards and a touchdown before being placed on season-ending injured reserve.

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10 Responses to “New York Giants GM Jerry Reese: We Can’t Count on David Wilson Yet for 2014”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    Wilson was not impressing before his injury, but the injury almost certainly does him in. Area of need for next season.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Was reading the Post’s grade of the defense.
    According to the article, aside from the impact that Beason and Hill made after Week 4, certain of the defensive players had a meeting with Fewel and convinced him to simplify the defense. If the latter is true this is reminiscent of what we heard happened in the last quarter of the 2011 season leading to the Super Bowl run, and it is troubling. Troubling in the same way Gilbride has always been troubling – this apparent irresistible drive to over-complicate. And given that it happened before, what’s to say it won’t happen again to start the 2014 season?
    As a result, and despite the stats, I’d put Fewel’s head right next to Gilbride’s on the chopping block

    •  Dirt says:

      Conversely:

      @JennyVrentas: Like OC Pat Shurmur’s summary of Eagles offense: “We try to keep it simple, and make it look complicated to the outside world.”

    •  buljos says:

      I get your point, but I see the outcome a bit differently. When Fewell met with the players to consider modifying his defensive scheme, and after considering their input he wouldn’t accommodate his players, and the defense continued to perform poorly, then that’s troubling and he would need to go. But that’s not how it went down. He was open to change, and to working with his players to adjust his plan, and as a result the defense ended up 8th in the league. That’s not in my humble opinion a reason to put Fewell’s head on the chopping block. He works with his players to improve the defense, and his players respond to that. Jon Beason doesn’t want to explore free agency, he wants to be a Giant. Tuck is giving the Giants a home team discount to resign. Every defensive player wants to play for Fewell and the Giants. I’m good with that. The other coordinator… however…

  3.  James Stoll says:

    And then another Post article counseled: slow down Nellie! Gilbride isn’t fired yet. Suggesting it’s even money Coughlin persuades Mara to give the entire crew another and final chance in 2014.
    Sounds plausible if unappealing.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      I am a Coughlin guy, but I would NOT want to be Tom Coughlin if he convinces Mara to let him keep Gilbride. In fact, I wouldn’t want to be Mara either. Bringing Kevin Gilbride back as the OC for this team would be the most tone-deaf non-move the Giants will have made since I can’t remember when. If, after Mara’s rant, he does not insist on Gilbride’s canning, he will prove himself to be an ineffectual figure head instead of an owner.
      Everyone on the planet knows Gilbride has to go. His time here is over. If he stays, everyone will know why and Coughlin will be hounded off the field by booing fans if 2014 disappoints. He will have taken all the pressure on himself personally to make 2014 a deep playoff run season and if he fails he will have burned all of his good will with the fan base. Coughlin needs to capitulate and roll KG’s head.

      •  James Stoll says:

        I hear you but if Tom really believes that he’s personally ok proving himself on a yearly basis, and believes in Gilbride even if no one else does, then one can imagine a scenario in which he tells himself, I have a better chance with the guy a trust than any new system that may come in. New systems can take time and I’ve only got a year.
        And if he tells Mara, one or year together or we’re all done, then I can see Mara capitulating because it makes the entire head coaching transition ultimately easier

      •  buljos says:

        John Mara’s a business man. If he does reluctantly acquiesce to Coughlin’s pleas to keep Gilbride, then he’s not going to simply throw up his hands and say, “well, ok” and walk away. He’s going to demand concessions as the price for striking a deal, and it will involve conditions. He’ll demand a detailed fault analysis and get-well plan that forces Coughlin, Gilbride, and JR to identify and lay out exactly where their offense is broken, why it’s broken, how it got broken, why it was never fixed in 2013, and specifically in great detail how they’re going to fix it all before the first game of the 2014 season. Every position coach, every player, every single play in the playbook that was run during every game this season comes under analysis. He’ll demand measures by which he’ll be able to tell if they’re executing on schedule and making progress toward that end. If they can’t do that to his satisfaction, or if they try to pull a “just trust us… go to your business party and just let us do our job” then he won’t go for it. He’ll tell them that hope isn’t a plan, and hoping not to go 0-6 in 2014 (i.e. arguing that 0-6 was just unlucky (e.g. injuries), and it won’t happen again because we’ll be luckier next season) is unacceptable. Business owners don’t make statements to their employees and to their customers like he did, with promises to fix his company’s broken product, and then after his employee leaders argue against what he wants to do, just agree to back off and walk away. I don’t see that in him at all.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      The longer this goes without Gilbride being cut loose, the less likely it is that it is going to happen. The memory of the pain fades and if TC is chirping in Mara’s ear about how they can restore greatness to the offense with KG a the helm, then the odds drop dramatically that he goes. I know that the Mara’s are pragmatic, but emotion plays a role in everyone’s decision making. Brace for it.

      •  buljos says:

        You may be right Chad. Wouldn’t shock me. Coughlin’s not real big on change, and neither is Gilbride Sr. But Mara has demanded change, and gone on record vowing to make the necessary changes that fix the broken offense. JR has Mara’s ear too, and he’ll be telling him the most visible and maybe easiest change that will set other changes in motion is to fire Gilbride Sr, and all that comes with changes accompanying a new OC and his own approach to offense. If Coughlin lobbies strongly against that, then Mara’s going to ask Tom what his plan is to affect the changes necessary to return a broken offense to a top 10 offense in 2014. Coughlin’s answer can’t be to change nothing and just try harder with a better group of players, and count on the injury bug not biting again. All that does is shift the problem to JR, and JR’s not going to accept that. JR will be telling Mara that the offense must become less predictable, more diverse (e.g. screens, use of TE), and Coughlin and his OC must be willing to take risks with the rookies he gets for them, because the vets aren’t the answer to fixing this O-line (who expects Snee to have a 5th pro bowl 11th season?).

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