For the second straight year New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin had no choice but to bench speedy running back David Wilson, who was unable to protect the football against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Two costly lost fumbles by David Wilson proved to be the difference in the Giants’ 36-31 season opening loss to the Cowboys Sunday night in Dallas.
Wilson’s first fumble stopped a potential scoring drive when he was stripped of the ball on a first down play inside of the Cowboys 10 yard line.
Then came the real backbreaker, when Dallas safety Barry Church picked up a Wilson fumble and took it 27 yards for a touchdown early in third quarter. After coughing it up for the second time WIlson was benched and did not see the field again.
“They’re not going to play unless they can hang on to the ball,” an angry coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. “It’s demoralizing to the whole team.”
Wilson, who’s benching happened in front of a national television audience, tried to remain positive about the experience,
“It was a tough situation to be in,” said Wilson, who finished with seven carries for 19 yards. “God never gives you more than you can handle. Everything happened for a reason. He can bring me through it. I just have to keep working hard. I’m at the bottom now. There’s nowhere to go but up.”
It is unclear as of right now just who will start in the Giants backfield next Sunday when Peyton Manning and the high powered Denver Broncos visit Met Life Stadium. Da’Rel Scott, who replaced Wilson after his second fumble, had five carries for 23 yards, but more importantly, was able to hold onto the football.
From the looks of things on Sunday night, the talented Wilson may have something to prove if he intends to earn his way back into the Giants starting lineup for week 2.