To this latest ridiculous post all I can say is, "Are you serious?" Let's keep it simple. If a running back fumbles the ball and it's recovered for an 8 yard loss by the LT did that fumble hurt or help the team? If a player fumbles the ball without contact and had a clear path to the end zone, but the ball is instead recovered by a teammate short of the endzone did the fumble help or hurt the team?
The bigger issue was that Tiki Barber came into the league with ball security issues and when his touches increased his fumbles shot through the roof. Mostly, I'm guessing because the word got out that he was a fumbler, so where in the first 3 years he fumbled only occasionally (9 times)as an unknown RB, once his touches increased by year 4 every time he touched the ball defenders where trying to strip him due to his reputation as a fumbler.
To bring this full circle, Tiki Barber fumbled 45 times from 1999-2004, never did he receive an extended benching. Compare that to Wilson fumbling in his first game as rookie and then being benched for the majority of the season. It's a joke that TC would try to hold up this high standard for TOs as the reason.
As for Eli, I was definitely disappointed in his effort last year. Our most important player was our worst performing player, and it was totally unexpected.
As to Tiki, he'd already established himself as a game breaker that could make game changing plays by the time his fumbles increased as his load increased in 2000. His years of 2000-2003 were when he fumbled the most times, 9 (lost 3), 8 (lost 2), 9 (lost 6), and 9 (lost 6), respectively. Those were all under Fassel. Obviously, his coaching approach was different (and more forgiving) than is Coughlin's. Turns out that Coughlin's approach worked quite well for Tiki (and for subsequent RBs), despite his bellyaching.
On the other hand, Coughlin did not have Wilson "in the dog house" his rookie season as much as many would have us believe. He did have Wilson return kick offs the entire season (maybe 1 game was excluded, I don't remember). That skill requires the returner to catch and protect the ball before running, with all 11 guys running full tilt boogie at him and him alone. That, to me, showed Coughlin did have trust in him, in spite of his first play/fumble of the year at RB.
The "it's Coughlin and Gilbride's fault" for Wilson's unimpressive 1 and 1/3 seasons as RB is overwrought and overstated, in my view. The fumble argument concerning Wilson's rushing talents is a side issue, as Morehead, you, and a couple others have indicated. It truly is only in the minds of some fans as a reason for not giving him more touches than he's had so far, but there is no evidence that confirms that belief.
However, a player of his perceived talent, who was drafted in first round because of the perception, absolutely MUST make the most of his limited playing time early in his first year. Entering year 3, and he has yet to prove he should be the primary RB on this team.