A Conversation with Giants S Gibril Wilson

One of Tom Coughlin's countless requests of his players is that they never use the word ‘I' when answering questions from the media. Most players allow Coughlin's pleas to go in one ear and out the other. However, second-year safety Gibril Wilson is not one of them. And it's unfortunate because Wilson, one of the Giants more vibrant, enthusiastic players, is starting to really come on and play very well.

However, it was obvious by several of his responses that he didn't want to have anything to do with talking about anything other than basic team-related queries. Read on as TGI tried its best to get the hard-hitting Wilson to open up.

Q: Are you playing as well as it seems right now? How well are you playing?

A: (Laughs) I don't like questions like that.

Q: OK, I won't get you in trouble. How well is the defense playing right now?

A: Guys are doing the stuff necessary to win. Guys are playing above the Xs and Os and doing all the little stuff we need to get us these victories.

Q: What's an example of one of the little things?

A: Guys are where they're supposed to be at all times. That feels good when you know that the next man has their job done. Then all you have to do is do your job. That's what I'm talking about.

Q: Did something change or click for you guys defensively in the last couple weeks?

A: I think it's more our awareness of getting off the field on third down. We've done such a good job on first and second down, even at the beginning of the year. We were good on first and second down and horrible on third down. I think right now, it's more like ‘let's get off the field' on third down. That's been one of the biggest keys.

Q: The confidence must be soaring in your defense now, right?

A: Yes, it is. Right now we're playing well, but we have to continue it. One game could knock us right back down. We have to make sure we continue to make progress.

Q: How do you feel about the team's 6-2 start?

A: I feel good about it. I feel like each week we keep improving, and that's the key to this league. Each week you have to get better and better. That's what we're fortunate to be doing right now.

Q: Having missed the last half of last year, you've basically just completed your first full season. Are you a lot more comfortable than you were a year ago?

A: Oh yeah. I'm a lot more comfortable than last year, and I just have to continue to get better. I'm not where I want to be, I'm not nearly where I want to be. I just have to keep working and striving.

Q: Where do you want to be?

A: I want to be better than this. I want to be better than how I'm playing now. I have to keep working hard, practicing hard and listening to my coaches.

Q: What's keeping you from getting to that level?

A: Pretty much everything. Everything, meaning the whole aspect of the game, the management of everything. I have to keep growing and listening to the veterans like (Brent Alexander). There's no way that I shouldn't be getting better every week.

Q: How do you feel you've done after your first full year?

A: I really feel like I haven't accomplished anything. I feel like I'm still the same guy so to speak that was a fifth-round draft pick coming in. I still have a lot to prove and that's what I intend to do.

Q: Does playing with a chip on your shoulder help your play?

A: Yes, yes it does. That's how I've been.

Q: How would you describe yourself as a player?

A: I think I'm a high-energy guy that's always going to play full speed and is always going to give 110 percent. That's how I see myself. I see myself as a worker who's out there and is going to do the grunt work and get the job done.

Q: But wouldn't you like to be put in position to make more plays?

A: That's a big part of what I'd like to do. I'm not doing anything spectacular out there. I'm just playing full speed and trying to do what they ask me to do. I'm always trying to do something out there. I've always been that way.

Q: Where'd all this humility come from? I remember you as a rookie bursting with confidence just last year.

A: Well my Dad was a coach, so I've always been this way. You just have to do your job, that's all.

Q: Are you excited about the possibilities here for you and this team?

A: I'm very excited. There's a big opportunity here for us, but we have to hold onto that opportunity and can't let it go.

Q: I know you're going to say you have to take it one game at a time, but is that realistically possible to do?

A: Honestly, it is. I literally don't know who we play next week (ed. note: hard to believe since it's the Eagles). I tell my friend all the time when he asks who we play in three weeks that I have no idea (ed. note: much more believable). I live from week to week, so it's not hard to set the goals and keep that tunnel vision.

Q: What are we going to be talking about at the end of the year for yourself and this team?

A: Hopefully big things. Hopefully big things. I don't want to jinx it or anything, but hopefully big things.

Q: And how about for number 28?

A: Same thing. Hopefully more big things.

Q: Is the Pro Bowl something you see in your future?

A: See, Ken, there you're doing it again. I don't like those questions (laughs). Let's just say that the sky's the limit.

Q: Who on this team are you close with?

A: I'd say Frank (Walker) and Osi (Umenyiora). They're two really good guys. We have a pretty close defense here.

Q: When you get a free non-football minute, how do you like to spend it?

A: I've taken up golf a little bit. I've starting playing a little golf. Other than that, I just like to hang out and chill.

Q: You any good at golf yet?

A: I'm good at it, but my balls always go right, and that's a problem. If my ball went straight, I'd probably be on the tour, for real. If my ball went straight off that tee, I'd probably be on that pro tour right now. I just have to get that thing straight.

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