Sunday, December 9, 2012
Coach's decision: Run Wilson run?
David Wilson's ascension to the No. 2 running back totaled a grand total of seven offensive snaps Monday. Or four more than Kregg Lumpkin, a running back who was signed that week.
The Giants have talked about wanting to give their first-round pick more of a chance to showcase his skills, but in their first chance to do so, they instead kept him on the bench. That raises this week's big coach's decision: Will this finally be the week to unleash Wilson?
The Saints are the worst rush defense in the league as they allow 153.8 yards per game. Each team runs it down their throats. Last Thursday, the Falcons rushed for 124 yards, 71 of which came on the first five runs of the game and resulted in a touchdown.
Last week, the Giants rode Ahmad Bradshaw and he responded with a 100-yard game, just his third of the season. It's understandable that the Giants wanted to go with the hot hand as well as the running back with the best pass protection skills. Doing that, though, exposes Bradshaw's nagging foot to even more duress in games, and also doesn't make defenses adjust to a different running back.
One thing that may help Wilson see some more snaps this week is the success Atlanta's No. 2 running back, Jacquizz Rodgers, had against the Saints last week. Rodgers, who has a similar build to Wilson and is a nightmare to tackle in open space, carried the ball eight times for 43 yards. Those aren't eye-popping statistics, but it shows that Rodgers had success in limited carries against the Saints.
Against the Saints, the Giants will look to run the ball just like every team has. It would seemingly be the perfect opportunity to give Wilson his shot as he would be facing a poor run defense and the opportunities will be there to New Orleans. If the Giants can't trust Wilson to carry the ball more than four times against the Saints, there's a good chance they won't trust him all year.