“Unless (the Giants) using a veteran – like Jonathan Dwyer or Beanie Wells, whom they worked out last week, or Tim Hightower, whom they looked at in June – they’re left with David Wilson,” writes the New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano, referring to Big Blue’s frustrations with their fumble-prone running back. While the Giants are apparently going to try out a succession of potential replacements for Wilson, Vacchiano writes that gaffes like Wilson’s last night in Dallas, “are the No. 1 thing on the list of things likely to make Tom Coughlin’s head explode.”
Coughlin wouldn’t commit to Wilson as his future starter after the game mostly because his head was too filled with rage to think clearly. The Giants committed those six turnovers, including three in the first six minutes and 10 seconds. Basically, behind Wilson’s two fumbles, three Eli Manning interceptions and a muffed punt, they threw away the game.
“Six times we gave the ball away,” Coughlin said. “Six times. I’m totally disappointed and embarrassed by that. That’s sloppy football. You can’t win when you turn the football over. That’s the bottom line.”
With a deeper roster – such as if they had re-signed Ahmad Bradshaw or not cut veteran Ryan Torain at the end of camp – that could’ve been Wilson’s epitaph as he spent the next few months in exile. But even Coughlin conceded that, despite what must be a healthy fear of Wilson now, “we need him.” He promised that “we’ll get him right” one way or another. For what it’s worth, Coughlin sounded like he still believes Wilson can do better.
“He can,” Coughlin said. “He can run with two hands on the ball just like anybody else.”