Well, it didn’t take very long for former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs to start running his mouth with a new franchise. Jacobs appeared on a local radio program and talked about his recent signing with the San Francisco 49ers, but did not pass up an opportunity to place blame for his lack of production in the 2011 season.
The Giants reportedly offered a deal similar to the one San Francisco offered, but Jacobs obviously had more than money on his mind. He was critical of the Giants offensive line when asked about his struggles in short yardage situations.
“Oh, no question. You can definitely do it. You gotta have the attitude to do it, and also you gotta have the offensive linemen in front of the back to be able to get it done. I think the 49ers have what it takes to be able to get that yard. No one’s perfect, somebody’s gonna get a step on you at some point somewhere and you’re not gonna be perfect. Because we had issues. When I was with the Giants, we had issues down the line. Of course I took the blame for those (because I was) holding the ball. But ultimately, at the end of the day it is my fault because I do have the ball and that’s what people see. But there’s a lot more than that going on. But like I said, I think the 49ers definitely got what it takes to be able to get that one yard. I think they had the highest percentage in the league all of last year with those conversions.”
Apparently Jacobs doesn’t watch his own film. While the Giants certainly struggled to run block last year, Jacobs didn’t help matters by running high and tip toeing behind his line.
When he was engaged and ran like he is supposed to, he usually did not have trouble picking up that one yard. Unfortunately that didn’t happen very often.
I loved Jacobs from a couple of years ago, but I, along with many Giants fans, had grown tired of his mouth and am glad to see him gone. Maybe at some point he’ll learn to just shut up, especially when he won a championship behind that line, twice.