David Wilson’s ball carrying will soon look very familiar
If you are a New York Giants fan, there is one thing you know more than anything else: Coach Coughlin HATES FUMBLING. Thus, it came as no surprise that new starting running back David Wilson, who was supposed to be a potential breakout star this season, rode the bench for the majority of the second half of the teams season opener against the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday night after fumbling twice. Wilson’s turnovers were potentially the difference maker in the game, as one of his fumbles came in the red zone, and the Giants only lost by four.
However, Giants fans aren’t strangers to running backs with fumbling problems. Tiki Barber, arguably the best running back in Giants history, fought his own battles with the fumbling bug when Coughlin came to town. Barber would eventually put the fumbling woes behind him by instituting a “high and tight” ball carryingstrategy, and the aforementioned Wilson is hoping to have the same success. Wilson will reportedly switch to the style Barber made famous in hopes to alleviate his fumbling problems, according to Bob Glauber of Newsday.
This is what Wilson told Glauber, courtesy of Profootballtalk:
“He gave me some advice I can really use,” Wilson told Glauber. “It makes sense. It felt good in practice, so I plan on using it.”
Wilson will need to figure something out; if he keeps fumbling the ball consistently, Tom Coughlin will take the carries himself before he will let Wilson fumble it away. While I don’t think Brandon Jacobs, recently re-signed by the team he called home for numerous years, is going to pose any danger long-term to Wilson, he will certainly get a shot if this new strategy doesn’t do the trick.
It may not be far-fetched to say a successful 2013 Giants campaign relies on Wilson’s ability to keep the ball secure.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder