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Giants coach takes blame for Jacobs' slow start

BrandonJacobs.jpgBrandon Jacobs took his share of criticism this year for a slow start, but his running backs coach Jerald Ingram believes it was a coaching problem.

When Danny Ware was hurt in the preseason, Jacobs had to take on many of Derrick Ward’s old plays on passing downs.  The New York Daily News writes that Jacobs was forced to run more slow developing plays like draws and sweeps that didn’t fit his hammering style.

“I don’t think he was tip-toeing as much as he was trying to be
patient,” Ingram said. “He was trying to make sure everything was
perfect.”

The team doesn’t trust Ahmad Bradshaw enough to block in most of those situations, so they used Jacobs before realizing they were not playing to his strengths.

After some adjusting, Jacobs has averaged 5.1 yards per carry over the last four weeks.  And it sounds like Ware will be a significant part of the offense moving forward.  (Yep, that’s a fantasy football alert. Especially for Bradshaw owners.)

The Giants have lost four straight games, but a return to their strong three-headed running attack of 2008 would go a long way.  Big Blue’s next two opponents — Atlanta and Denver — have also been struggling, especially against the run.

Expect to see a lot of Brandon Jacobs, running straight ahead.

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9 Responses to “Giants coach takes blame for Jacobs' slow start”
  1. Nation 86 says: Nov 18, 2009 5:21 PM

    The UFL will take these players and own the NFL.

  2. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 18, 2009 5:22 PM

    you guys should stop putting ads with live video feeds on your site – it is bad for those of us who browse from work when the audio starts playing loudly. anyway you can regulate that?

  3. jkorn1818 says: Nov 18, 2009 5:47 PM

    cue all the brandon jacobs is a horrible running back comments. His yards per carry, aside from a slow start this yr have been up with the best of them.

  4. Brewster says: Nov 18, 2009 6:11 PM

    It took the Giants coaching staff how many weeks (5-6) to realize they weren’t utilizing Jacobs strenghts?
    Isn’t that what coaches are for, getting the most out of their players? And to call plays that play to a player’s strengths.
    And if Bradshaw can’t block find someone who can. Jacobs is too valuable of an asset to misuse.

  5. paranoidandroid says: Nov 18, 2009 6:36 PM

    he’s not elite but i’m sure many teams would love to have a bruising runner

  6. Krow says: Nov 18, 2009 6:40 PM

    Take our coaches… please.

  7. The Real Shuxion says: Nov 18, 2009 7:12 PM

    Pats would take him.

  8. ocelots138 says: Nov 19, 2009 4:12 PM

    He’d be great on the Birds. He might be able to convert one yard.

  9. BIG BLUE in tx says: Nov 20, 2009 10:46 AM

    Coaching has been most of our problem this year. The only way to rectify this situation is to fire Gilbride.

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