After last night's debacle that saw the New York Giants commit six turnovers, including two fumbles by running back David Wilson, which thrust the Dallas Cowboys past the G-men 36-31, Michael Eisen of Giants.com reported today that Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin would not commit to Wilson being the starter for the week two matchup at home against the Denver Broncos.
Eisen quoted Coughlin as saying, "I’m not going to get into that [Wilson starting] yet. We’ll see what happens here as we get started in the week."
No one could blame Coughlin if he was exasperated, in light of the sloppy performance his team personified in the Sunday night contest. Without the turnovers, the stat sheet was clearly in New York's favor. The passing game was very effective with three receivers each with more than 100 yards receiving. In addition, Eli Manning ended his evening with 450 yards passing and four touchdown passes.
The rushing attack was a different story, however. New York gained a mere 50 yards on the ground, and in addition to his two turnovers, Wilson averaged a paltry 2.7 yards per carry.
And Dallas took full advantage of the New York turnovers to control field position and time of possession, and Big D scored two defensive touchdowns, including a 49-yard interception return by Brandon Carr that iced the victory for the Cowboys.
After reviewing the game film, having their lead running back be a turnover liability did not sit well with the head coach.
Eisen reported that Coughlin was to the point in his assessment of Wilson, "Early on he had some errors last year and then he had a tremendous year as a kick returner, taking some drill shots and was able to secure the ball under those circumstances. I think we did preach so much about them (the Cowboys) being ball strippers and somehow, someway that didn’t sink in. He had the ball stripped twice and he’ll learn from it. He’s got great pride and we’ll try to get this under control.”
And while his coach vocalized exactly what he expected of the second year back, Wilson was less than specific after the game.
"Go back and work. And get this game behind me," Wilson softly stated after the game. While his coach and Wilson's teammates said all the right things, the phone lines at MetLife Stadium were surely busy in an attempt to get a veteran running back into the fold quickly.
One presumed target was taken off the market, when the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed Jonathan Dwyer two weeks after they waived him.