Brandon Jacobs is on the other coast now, but he still thinks about New York.
And the former Giants running back told Clark Judge of CBSSports.com he can tell nothing’s changed in the cross-town rivalry.
“It’s a circus, man,” Jacobs said when asked about the Jets. “But every year it’s like that. Obviously the Jets have some great players. Bart Scott, [Darrelle] Revis, [Antonio] Cromartie. They have a good defense, no question about it. But all this stuff surrounding [Tim] Tebow and [Mark] Sanchez, . . . I truly think it’s going to be Sanchez. He’s going to be the guy. He’s got to be the guy. He’s the natural quarterback out of the two. That’s just my opinion.
“I shouldn’t be speaking of their team, but I’m just so tired of reading and hearing of everything over there, . . . and it’s mid-August. It’s like: Are you kidding me? Camp’s not even over.”
The kind of intramural grudge shouldn’t be a surprise, as Jacobs was the one who yelled “Shut up, fat boy” to Jets coach Rex Ryan. But while the Giants have won a pair of Super Bowls in recent years, the Jets are constructed to win the back pages of the New York tabloids.
“And it’s always going to be like that,” Jacobs said. “They were in the AFC Championship Game twice in a row, but the year after that the Giants win the Super Bowl. That discredits everything as far as the Battle of the City. They can’t ever one-up the Giants — not in my eyesight; not in anyone else’s eyesight. They can never do that.
“They keep trying, but they’re doing it the wrong way. Like I said, the Jets have a great football team. They’re talented, no question about that, and Shonn [Greene] is a great running back who runs hard. They’ve got a good team, man, but sometimes, . . . I just don’t know what the problem is. That’s why things go the way it does for them.”
And that’s why Jacobs keeps talking. Because he never fails to entertain, which in a weird way would have qualified him to be part of the Jets circus instead of shipping out to San Francisco.