Jim Mancari, ContributorAfter last weekend’s performance in Dallas, not much more could go wrong for the Giants. But offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride hopes the team can improve on the mistakes that cost them an opening-week loss.
The problem is that this week, Eli Manning will be going up against his older brother Peyton, who is fresh off a game in which he threw seven touchdown passes.
However, that is for the defense to worry about. The Giants’ offense has plenty more to be concerned with than Peyton Manning’s performance.
The first step is of course protecting the football. Gilbride would not say that he is specifically worried about David Wilson, who fumbled twice in Week 1, but instead said that he’s focused on all the aspects of the offense.
“I’m worried about everything, every week,” Gilbride said. “So if they say am I worried about David Wilson, yeah, I’m worried about everything. That’s part of playing the game. You have to bounce back. The ones who thrive and flourish are the ones who can learn from their mistakes and put it behind them, and certainly he needs to do that and I think he will.”
The Giants are still unsure though who will be Sunday’s starting running back.
“We’re going to play everybody,” Gilbride said. “I know you guys like to know who’s starting and not, but I haven’t put together the openers yet, so I don’t know who’s going to be in there because I don’t know what the opening plays are. Once we decide what plays we’re going to run, then whoever we think is best capable of running that play is the guy that will be in there.”
If Wilson is unable to do the job, Brandon Jacobs will be salivating for the chance to get into the game for the team he broke into the league with. It’s still uncertain as to what Jacobs’ role will be, especially since this will be his first game after a long football hiatus.
“The good thing is the learning curve is accelerated because of the familiarity,” Gilbride said about Jacobs. “Hopefully, it won’t take nearly as long, and then we’ll just wait and see.”
The media is painting the picture of Jacobs as a mentor to Wilson, and while he would certainly embrace this role, he probably is itching to contribute on the field rather than off it.
“He’s (Jacobs) been through some trials and tribulations,” Gilbride said. “He knows what it’s like to survive in this league, and I think that’s a good thing. It’s not a stretch for him to be that way. He’s comfortable and encouraging and supporting David. That’s a good thing.”
We’ll see how supportive Jacobs will be if Wilson coughs up yet another fumble. But in all likelihood, Wilson will see plenty of action simply based on need at this point.
As long as Wilson has a short memory – like Gilbride mentioned – he can begin the process of regaining Tom Coughlin’s trust.
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