Coughlin on Wilson fumble: “This is not the preseason, you know?”

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After fumbling his second carry of his rookie season, rookie running back David Wilson was benched for the rest of the game. Today, Tom Coughlin explained why he sat the rookie (Credit: AP Photo)

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was asked today why he benched the first-year running back David Wilson after he fumbled his second professional regular season carry. Coughlin broke out a series of stats to justify his reasoning for benching the rookie.

He pointed out that the Giants are 46-9 under his leadership when they win the turnover battle. They were even Wednesday, and lost to Dallas in the opener.

“It’s more, ‘Let the veteran play and let’s hope we don’t have another occasion to shoot ourselves in the foot,’” Coughlin said Monday, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Wilson didn’t take another offensive snap the rest of the night, leaving Ahmad Bradshaw to take the rest of the reps at running back.

Bradshaw played 52 of the Giants’ 54 offensive plays.

To his credit, Wilson understood. He had a reputation as a fumbler at Virginia Tech, and knows that can’t continue if he wants to play for Coughlin.

“After you don’t get back on the field because of that, you kind of put one and two together, it’s not hard to understand that,” Wilson said. “Like I said, it happens in football. Turnovers are a part of football, but it’s definitely not something you want to have your name beside.”

It’s an unfair expectation to think a player’s never going to fumble, but Coughlin talked about the stakes of playing a division game in the opener.

“Everybody wants to say, ‘Well you didn’t play him then, after that you didn’t play him,’” Coughlin said. “Well, we’re playing the opening game of the year. It’s a divisional game. We had just driven the ball. We’re going to be a little reluctant, okay? This is not the preseason, you know? Let’s go for stage two here.”


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2 Responses to Coughlin on Wilson fumble: “This is not the preseason, you know?”

  • I think that not playing Wilson was a mistake. You took him in the first round because of his potential. You benched him giving up any hope of seeing any of his potential. If he lost the ball seven times last year in how many games what was the odds of another fumble in this game? Part of the loss is because of coaching ( play calling) I have been a Giant fan since the late 50s and cant recall any other play than a run when near the goal line. Every one knows the call will be a run, not a pass. You don’t have a running game so bench speed potential.

  • So Wilson gets punished for fumbling the ball, but Bradshaw doesn’t. This not the first time Coughlin has chose Bradshaw over anyone else and he has a history of fumbling. He fumbled on Wednesday, fortunately the Giants recovered the ball, he fumbled in the SB XVI and in each case he continued to play the rest of the way. Against Dallas he was totally uneffective if not for 2 plays the running game would have been none existent. Why can’t Coach Coughlin and Gilbrite admit Bradshaw was the wrong choice, he is to small and can not get it done.

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