Friday Q&A: April 27, 2012

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Today’s Q&A is going to be quick, because I want to write an article about the basketball coaching search as well.  I picked three good questions that cover football, football recruiting and basketball.

1: How does David Wilson fit into the Giants’ (1) roster (2) depth chart and (3) offensive scheme? Do you think he has landed in a good situation for him?

David Wilson

Chris Coleman: That’s a good question.  I was a little surprised when I saw his name called last night, but not shocked.  The Giants had been expressing interest in him throughout the draft process.

New York has traditionally been known as a team that likes to run a smash mouth, between the tackle offense, and work the defense with playaction after establishing a successful rushing game.  This past year that was not the case, as the G-Men averaged just 89 yards per game on the ground, which ranked dead last in the NFL.  That wasn’t because of a lack of talent at tailback.  Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are good backs.  The Giants didn’t block very well in the running game, and they had some injuries at tight end that hurt production.

From the standpoint of running between the tackles in an I-formation or an Ace formation, I don’t see Wilson as a great fit in New York. However, the Giants do like to throw it to their backs, with Bradshaw, Jacobs and D.J. Ware combining for 76 receptions a year ago.  Obviously Tiki Barber made quite a career with the Giants as well, and quite a bit of his production came in the passing game.  David Wilson is guy who is capable of being an outstanding receiving back in the NFL.

I think there will be an adjustment period for Wilson.  He will need to develop better vision and feel between the tackles, and thought he is strong, fast and explosive, he needs to make improvements in his open field running.  He missed chances last season to turn what were already long gains into long

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