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Brandon Jacobs: NFL is "a cutthroat, backstabbing business"

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, apparently upset that Ahmad Bradshaw has leapfrogged him on the depth chart, reflected after Thursday night’s preseason finale on what he views as the harsh realities of being an NFL player.

No one’s your friend in this business,” Jacobs told ESPN.com. “This is a cutthroat, backstabbing business. That’s just the way it goes. It’s been like that before me. If you expect anything else out of a business like this, you’re crazy.”

After back-to-back seasons of more than 1,000 yards and 5.0 yards a carry, Jacobs signed a four-year, $25 million contract in February of 2009. Then his production slumped to 835 yards and 3.7 yards a carry.

And now Jacobs sounds unhappy, saying he doesn’t know what the Giants’ plans for him are this season.

“Nope, they don’t talk to me about anything,” Jacobs said. “They do what they do.”

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56 Responses to “Brandon Jacobs: NFL is "a cutthroat, backstabbing business"”
  1. Jackson says: Sep 3, 2010 9:02 AM

    Brandon, news flash. you’re average at best and over paid. Bradshaw is twice the back you are.
    as a Cowboys fan, I’d much rather see Jacobs anytime of the week over Bradshaw. Bradshaw is a stud.

  2. GreenAsGrass says: Sep 3, 2010 9:06 AM

    yeah Jacobs, its the Giants fault that you can’t run for a first down anymore. You should be thrilled that you robbed the team for $25 mill and won’t get cut this year.

  3. FireJerryJones says: Sep 3, 2010 9:08 AM

    NFL running back average career… 3.2 years.
    This guy got paid.
    He’s not angry any more. Lost his edge.
    Now his entitlement is showing.

  4. PhillyPhanin Boston says: Sep 3, 2010 9:09 AM

    Jackson…couldn’t agree more as an Eagles fan. With Jacobs, you know EXACTLY what you are getting….up the middle. Bradshaw is 10x the athlete and brings the “unpredictable” element.

  5. Jack Burton says: Sep 3, 2010 9:10 AM

    Jacobs looked like a bigger version of Troy Hambrick last season, first contact and he’s on the turf.

  6. cause you are the same says: Sep 3, 2010 9:10 AM

    …because if anyone in the workplace was offered a co-workers job, at a higher level with more pay, we’d say:
    “Oh no, that’s so cutthroat. I won’t take their job!”

  7. Bun McSticky says: Sep 3, 2010 9:11 AM

    Poor, poor baby. That’s life in the NFL. You got leapfrogged by a better player.

  8. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Sep 3, 2010 9:11 AM

    “a cutthroat,backsabbing business”….only when you suck brandon.

  9. chc4 says: Sep 3, 2010 9:12 AM

    Uh and the NFL is no different than any other business. Except for the fact that players like Jacobs are paid millions for what they do yet bitch about things 100x more than the average person.

  10. ceekay says: Sep 3, 2010 9:13 AM

    lets see…
    your contract year in a 3 man rotation…5.0 a carry…15 touches..beasting over everybody
    then you get paid a 25 mil contract…3.7 a carry..no 100 yard games..5 touchdowns..and u all the sudden dont run hard anymore..
    face it jacobs, you are a piece of garbage..all you do is run your fat mouth…its why u fell to the 4th round in the draft..
    i hope you die

  11. jeffml says: Sep 3, 2010 9:14 AM

    He lost my sympathy right after I read 4 years “$25 million contract.”

  12. MrHumble says: Sep 3, 2010 9:14 AM

    Jacobs complains it’s a “backstabbing business” but on the other side of the coin, he signs a big contract and then goes out and and has a bust year and I don’t see him (or any player) offering to give some of their salary back!!! But let them have one freakin’ good year and people like Bevis, VJak etc. pout and sit out becuz they “outplayed their contract” and deserve more money. We see that all the time but never have we seen a player offer to give money back when they don’t play up to their contract.

  13. ch19079 says: Sep 3, 2010 9:15 AM

    So they paid you millions and you return the favor by not playing we well as you did before.
    Thats not the Giants fault, its yours. If they think Bradshaw is better, then there is a good chance that they are right.

  14. Fan says: Sep 3, 2010 9:17 AM

    Welcome to the union world.

  15. mayonnaise says: Sep 3, 2010 9:17 AM

    If I was making the money Jacobs is, you wouldn’t hear a peep from me.

  16. Chapnasty. says: Sep 3, 2010 9:18 AM

    Another GD cry baby. You suck and you get paid too well to suck so badly. Just pick up the 3rd and inches you brat.

  17. Los Gigantes says: Sep 3, 2010 9:19 AM

    Starting is a privlage and not a right… I hate these entitled players who think that they are owed something… He should be happy he got that huge payday before his career has halted…
    Only teams like the Raiders will continue to start players because they have been overpaid… If you want to be a starter earn it.. Don’t cry about it in the media…
    His mouth has been way my offensive then anything he’s done on the field for the last year and a half…

  18. durno99 says: Sep 3, 2010 9:20 AM

    Vikings fan here……………..No question Bradshaw is the better back! I don’t know how the truth turned into backstabbing. This is not your “BOYS” turning their back on you, it’s a Billion dollar business. I’m guessing that is a lot for you to grasp.

  19. dabarber says: Sep 3, 2010 9:20 AM

    He’s always been a run of the mill RB.
    Actually, below average when you consider the Giants have been a run first team since he has played for them.
    He lost his nose for the end zone so he is pretty much useless now.
    Andre Brown is going to be the new goal line TD guy–he’s hungry.

  20. jfmill says: Sep 3, 2010 9:23 AM

    As a Giants fan, I’ve watched every game he’s played as a Giant. Since last year and maybe even a year before that, too often he goes down on the first arm tackle to his legs, or won’t run hard to the line. As a fan it’s very very frustrating to see a big guy like that get tackled so easily or not run hard. Seems like his legs are too heavy for him. Sounds like he’s frustrated with the lack of communication from the coaching staff on why he’s not involved. In today’s day and age of instant communication and the internet (twitter, email…), people expect better communication and when there is none, it’s viewed as rude, disrespectful, or just plain apathy towards the person or player in this case. Bradshaw deserves the start. He runs harder, is quicker, and seems to find holes when they don’t appear to be there. He gives us a better chance to win. Maybe Brandon needs to get mad to play harder and that’s what the coaches are banking on.

  21. Chrisl4064 says: Sep 3, 2010 9:28 AM

    @Jackson Agreed, I’m a Redskins fan and even though Jacobs trucked over Landry I still see him as less of a threat than Bradshaw.

  22. joetoronto says: Sep 3, 2010 9:34 AM

    “This is a cutthroat, backstabbing business.”
    *********************************************************
    No, when did this happen? lol

  23. BigBear123 says: Sep 3, 2010 9:35 AM

    Translation:
    I got paid and want to start based on my salary.

  24. Playmaker's Dealer says: Sep 3, 2010 9:40 AM

    “After back-to-back seasons of more than 1,000 yards and 5.0 yards a carry, Jacobs signed a four-year, $25 million contract in February of 2009. Then his production slumped to 835 yards and 3.7 yards a carry.”
    There it is. Not sure where the backstabbing took place– he got paid, he sucked, so was pushed down the depth chart.

  25. realitypolice says: Sep 3, 2010 9:41 AM

    Backstabbing and cutthroat? Sounds painful.
    His demotion must have been like a kick in the nuts.
    Or a slap in the face.
    Just hope he doesn’t step on anyone’s toes.
    Or become too much of a headache.
    Maybe something good will happen to give him a shot in the arm.
    Or a leg up.
    Maybe he can impress the coaches by making a great cut that breaks a defender’s ankles.
    Well, good luck Brandon! Or as they say in show business, break a leg!

  26. spudz says: Sep 3, 2010 9:41 AM

    Hey Brandon…..if you ran like you did a couple years ago Bradshaw would be your backup. What happened???…oh wait I know…you got paid…pfft silly me.

  27. loumann says: Sep 3, 2010 9:41 AM

    Yeah……keep crying Brandon……
    If someone paid me 25 million i would go to the steps of city hall and give them a hummer………….for 25 million more….i would swallow.

  28. Patsfan1776 says: Sep 3, 2010 9:43 AM

    It’s all about winning and staying within the salary cap.

  29. The Real Shuxion says: Sep 3, 2010 9:43 AM

    Name me a buisness/industry that isn’t cut throat, outside of public service where you don’t get fired for anything. (Jealous……hell yeah I am)

  30. ruddyone says: Sep 3, 2010 9:44 AM

    That goes with most businesses, deal with it!

  31. Bigbluefan says: Sep 3, 2010 9:45 AM

    Here is a clue Brandon
    Get off your pile of cash and run like you used to before the big payday
    We fans are all waiting for you to return to form
    The reason bradshaw passed you is he ran faster harder and with heart
    You all of the sudden have a huge case of the ass and no longer run and throw your body out there to get the yards
    Your suffering from to much money no need to perform

  32. MrSir says: Sep 3, 2010 9:59 AM

    Jacobs pulled the wool over managements eyes signing that contract. Shut your mouth ya freakin diva and do your job. Its not like you have an education to fall back on.

  33. FinFan68 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:00 AM

    Another example of a player that, once paid a premium, stops trying as hard and production drops. Hopefully Marshall/Dansby/Peppers etc. don’t follow suit…although peppers has a history of taking plays off.

  34. Leto_II says: Sep 3, 2010 10:02 AM

    Like Shuan Alexander and Larry Johnson, Jacbos got paid and quit running hard. He looked pathetic last year.

  35. Popeye says: Sep 3, 2010 10:03 AM

    he just sucks and he is angry about it.
    Boxing is his first passion anyway and that is where his future is……but he’ll probably cry when his fighters get knocked out

  36. realitypolice says: Sep 3, 2010 10:04 AM

    loumann says:
    September 3, 2010 9:41 AM
    Yeah……keep crying Brandon……
    If someone paid me 25 million i would go to the steps of city hall and give them a hummer………….f or 25 million more….i would swallow.
    =========================
    So you’re gay. So what? It’s not like there’s anything wrong with it.

  37. HarrisonHits says: Sep 3, 2010 10:05 AM

    Oh WAAAAAAAA I got paid millions of dollars and proceeded to play like crap compared to the way I used to play and I just don’t understand how someone who’s been playing better than I have been gets the nod. WAAAAAAAAAA

  38. Caldon says: Sep 3, 2010 10:06 AM

    Can someone please backstab me with a 25 million dollar contract?

  39. Hal Briston says: Sep 3, 2010 10:07 AM

    “I was just talking to someone and they said, ‘The Giants haven’t been able to get a third-and-1 in a long time.’ So this will stop finally because I will not be denied one yard.” – Brandon Jacobs, April 23, 2005
    Maybe if you quit getting stacked up at the line and got back to making good on that boast, then you’d still be starting.

  40. Ocho says: Sep 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    I never saw the big deal w/ Jacobs. He is a huge rb that should be a lot more difficult to bring down than he is. He is soft. Imagine if you combined his size w/ Marion Barber’s style…he would be unstoppable. Alas, he is not.

  41. WhoDeySood5 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:14 AM

    MrHumble says:
    September 3, 2010 9:14 AM
    Jacobs complains it’s a “backstabbing business” but on the other side of the coin, he signs a big contract and then goes out and and has a bust year and I don’t see him (or any player) offering to give some of their salary back!!! But let them have one freakin’ good year and people like Bevis, VJak etc. pout and sit out becuz they “outplayed their contract” and deserve more money. We see that all the time but never have we seen a player offer to give money back when they don’t play up to their contract.
    __________________________________
    Vernon Gholston took a pay cut to stay w/the Jets and said he wants to prove to them that he can earn his money with his play….and i HATE the JETS

  42. sportsbruh3 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:25 AM

    Give him a Break. he is telling the truth. those few millions that you losers on here covet will not last long.
    enjoy inside information everytime you get it. Cause they rarely set it out

  43. Ska4Life says: Sep 3, 2010 10:37 AM

    But…but…it’s such a family environment there!

  44. footballformula says: Sep 3, 2010 10:39 AM

    As a huge Giants fan, Jacobs has to be my least favorite Giants player in a long time. He is overrated, and is constantly bitching and complaining. I can’t stand this guy, and would love to see him move on to another team.

  45. CoastalCarolina87 says: Sep 3, 2010 10:46 AM

    I hope he reads all these comments and gets a dose of reality. Quit being a baby. Shut your trap. Man up. Play hard. WIN back your job. BITCH.

  46. Yash says: Sep 3, 2010 11:14 AM

    Jacobs quoted on draft day: “The Giants have had a lot of trouble with 3rd and short or 4th and short, I will not be denied a yard.”
    I guess they demoted you to backup after they realized you’re a liar.
    Get low and run with a purpose like you used to…like when you hit Landry so hard he went cross eyed and was breathing snot bubbles for a week.

  47. Jeremy says: Sep 3, 2010 11:21 AM

    play better

  48. prophet of the light says: Sep 3, 2010 11:27 AM

    Boo Hoo?

  49. madmike77 says: Sep 3, 2010 11:29 AM

    Sounds like he’s been talking with Ray Lewis.

  50. MrSir says: Sep 3, 2010 12:00 PM

    Jacobs pulled the wool over managements eyes signing that contract. Shut your mouth ya freakin diva and do your job. Its not like you have an education to fall back on.

  51. Human Howitzer says: Sep 3, 2010 12:13 PM

    Jacobs needs to take a page out of Osi’s book. No matter how he’s feeling, he needs to stop complaining and tell the media that he’s all about helping the team. Then he needs to concentrate on doing his job. It’s a long season, and he’ll have his chances. If he doesn’t use them, that’s his problem.

  52. BrokenBallz says: Sep 3, 2010 12:26 PM

    “They do what they do”
    Classy synopsis LOL

  53. Terrell Blowens says: Sep 3, 2010 1:24 PM

    He’s better at running his mouth than running the football. Jacobs has always been one dimensional. He can’t catch out of the backfield, he doesn’t have the speed to turn the corner or the agility to cut back and find holes. He’s an up the gut runner with size and strength. Now that he is less motivated, it’s easier to stop him. Bradshaw can catch, run outside, run between the tackles, etc. Overall he is better than Jacbos and Jacobs is lucky that he hasn’t been asked to take a pay cut

  54. subsea says: Sep 3, 2010 2:58 PM

    C’Mon Brandon! Man up.. You are a professional athlete, start talking like one and then play like one. These teams pay money for performance- not team divisive crap-talk.
    The Giants made you a franchise player and you returned the favor by having a less productive year. You are still getting paid for what you “could” do. Now show us Giant fans what you CAN do. Try something different in your running game- I noticed your style last year was to stand up as soon as you got the ball making you an easy tackle.
    Stay low off the line and run people over the way you used to- then you can get upright and run. We have seen you do it at times with success. You have a great O line- but this one is on YOU. I still believe in you. This talk is unlike you.
    If you can’t adjust your game, don’t go Tiki Barber on us in the locker room with all the bad mouthing. Support Bradshaw and work harder! Think PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE…

  55. always_b_aware_of_d_ware says: Sep 3, 2010 6:03 PM

    look at all of u trashing my man jacobs… he was clearly hurt last year… when fit he is twice the back bradshaw is… he should definitely start from week 1… giants are making a giant mistake…
    – luv
    Cowboy fan

  56. GiantzJay says: Sep 3, 2010 9:26 PM

    It’s obvious what happened to Jacobs. His line isn’t making huge holes for him anymore. Bradshaw is much, much better than him at creating yards. Jacobs has to have a hole at the line to be effective and the Giants line just isn’t what it was a few years ago. If this guy had any concept of team he would shut his mouth and do what he can when given the chance. Heck he should ask about being a TE. He’s got the size and the Giants have the need for a blocking TE.

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