Coughlin: Wilson 'a little out of doghouse'

September, 12, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rookie David Wilson is making his way out of Tom Coughlin's "doghouse."

The Giants head coach said he has spoken to the team's first-round pick about Wilson's fumble against Dallas and liked what he has seen from Wilson since the turnover.

"He’s anxious to do right," Coughlin said.

When asked if Wilson is still in Coughlin's doghouse, the head coach replied, "Well, he’s a little out of the doghouse."

Wilson got the second Giants handoff of the game against Dallas last Wednesday. But then, on his second carry of the game, he lost the ball after being hit hard by Sean Lee. Coughlin benched Wilson on offense for the rest of the game. The rookie took the fumble hard and was visibly upset on the sideline.

Since then, the rookie has been drilling these words into his head: high and tight. He knows what he will have to do to get on Coughlin's good side.

"I think we all know the answer to that one," Wilson said. "Just go out there and raise some eyebrows, and play well."

Coughlin said Wilson will "certainly" get the chance to carry the ball and redeem himself on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

But in order to regain Coughlin's full trust, Wilson must abide by a simple Coughlin rule.

"Ball security," the head coach said.

Wilson is eager to redeem himself.

"I’m just looking forward to success," Wilson said. "Getting back to the taste of success."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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