Maybe New York just doesn’t know what to do with a drama-free, 5-0 football team that hasn’t been tested in three weeks.
But the relative struggles of starting running back Brandon Jacobs is receiving a lot of attention. Jacobs admits he’s getting frustrated with his play and the criticism he’s hearing because of his 3.55 yards per carry average this year despite a soft schedule of late.
“I’m just being patient and trying not to get frustrated,” Jacobs said.
“Frustration is very close up on me, I’m going to be honest, I’m going
to tell you that.”
There have been suggestions that Jacobs hasn’t hit the hole as hard as previous years, but I haven’t noticed that consistently when watching Giants games. The holes may not be as big as previous years.
“I get the ball, I get in there, I’m supposed to run smack dead into
somebody and I get criticized if I don’t do that,” Jacobs said on ESPN Radio in New York this week.
“Right now my stats aren’t very good, and people want to know why. Well
that’s why. I have the ability to make plays with my feet, but when I
try to, it’s the worst thing, I’m scum of the Earth when I do that, so
I go ahead and do what I can do.”
Jacobs clearly hears the comparisons that are being made to Ahmad Bradshaw, the team’s backup who leads the team in rushing yards despite 42 fewer carries and leads the league in yards per carry.
“Ahmad is more, he can bounce around in those little creaks and cracks
that he gets and make a lot of big plays,” Jacobs said. “Do I have the
ability to do that? Yes. But if I try to, I’m wrong if I try to make
plays like that because I’m 265, 275 pound, I’m not supposed to be
doing that. Hit it up in there, go in and hit somebody, that’s what
people want to see me do. If I don’t do it, I get criticized, if I do
do it, I get criticized. I can’t win.”
Even teammate Antonio Pierce said recently Bradshaw has turned into “one of the more complete backs in the National Football League.”