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    Can TC develop rookies and win with them?

    IMHO Coughlin can do this when he wants to, but only when he has exhausted all other options. Poor Andy Reid is suffering, but he seems to get more out of rookie, offensive skill players than anyone else, and a lot of other coaches seem to get more earlier from their top picks. TC sets up a self-fulfilling prophecy. He doesn't like rookie mistakes and he favors veteran players. If he communicates that thought, and he has and he does, rookie players, in fact no player, will respond well to reduced/diminished expectations. The other half of the story is, of course they won't get the opportunity to develop and consequently their development is ******ed.

    Is this an anachronistic policy? In my opinion yes. Given the short life expectancy of an NFL career, you just can't have 20% of your team playing suicide squad or warming the bench. And given the injury casualty rate, and the frequency and severity of injuries in today's game, you need to have confidence that you can play your rookies in the second half of the season and win with them.

    Admittedly this is a matter of degree and I think TC is a very good coach, but this appears to be an area of concern with Tom. Furthermore, given Reese's penchant for picking raw talent (aka "projects"), IMHO he hasn't exactly got the right coach for that strategy.

    What are your thoughts?

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    Is this another "Wilson should be playing more" rant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy333 View Post
    Is this another "Wilson should be playing more" rant?
    Sounds like an Eagles' fan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy333 View Post
    Is this another "Wilson should be playing more" rant?
    Could be! The giants give rookies plenty of chances. TT went down, and we had tons of rookies filling in for him, so I am not sure what this argument is about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy333 View Post
    Is this another "Wilson should be playing more" rant?
    There is validity in the argument. Poor guy got a chance on opening night vs. Cowpokes and gave it away, killing a drive. He's been in the dog house ever since. I trust the coach and his staff, but they may have been a bit heavy handed in how they treat Wilson.

    Considering Bradshaw's been putting the ball on the ground lately, the kid might work his way back into getting some more touches. Can't argue with his speed. Hits the hole quick. Just has to keep the football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomt View Post
    There is validity in the argument. Poor guy got a chance on opening night vs. Cowpokes and gave it away, killing a drive. He's been in the dog house ever since. I trust the coach and his staff, but they may have been a bit heavy handed in how they treat Wilson.

    Considering Bradshaw's been putting the ball on the ground lately, the kid might work his way back into getting some more touches. Can't argue with his speed. Hits the hole quick. Just has to keep the football.
    In don't think "the fumble" is the issue, at least not any longer. They entrust the kick returns to him and if there is any place on the field you don't want to risk a fumble it's at the opponents end of the field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    In don't think "the fumble" is the issue, at least not any longer. They entrust the kick returns to him and if there is any place on the field you don't want to risk a fumble it's at the opponents end of the field.
    The coaches play the guys they believe will give them the best chance to win. Right now, they believe that the current order is Bradshaw, Brown, Wilson. I may disagree in the margins but I can live with this.
    No one remembers who came in second.

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    I don't think it's about picking sides and just taking veterans over rookie draft picks. It's really the about the rookie draft picks being able to perform in practice and in the game, basically being able to play at the NFL level and not making too many mistakes. There were some rookies that got a starting role early in their rookie season under Coughlin like Nicks, A. Ross, K. Phillips.

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    Ho hum another Wilson Rant!

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    Nothing new with TC... he didn't want to start Eli his rookie year so much so that he went and found Kurt freaking Warner to babysit...

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