RB Brandon Jacobs is sick and tired of hearing the home crowd boo his team. The home crowd is sick and tired of Brandon Jacobs' team giving them reasons to boo.
The rift between the Giants' RB and Giant fans is growing ever larger. Jacobs, according to many fans, has not lived up to the standard the faithful has become accustomed to when it comes to rushing the football. Jacobs feels the booing is counterproductive and wants it to stop.
The battle goes on. Jacobs will be gone someday, but fans will still be here. Readers have been sending in questions and comments all week about Jacobs...here are some:
What is going through his mind? Does he think alienating the fans will help his cause, the team's cause?
What doesn't Jacobs get about the fans booing his team's underperformance...?
Rich Resch: "Sunday night's loss to the Eagles was downright embarrassing, and the fact that the Giants let DeSean Jackson and Steve Smith beat them was like pouring salt into the fans' wounds. If you don't expect fans to boo after a game like that, you're living in a fantasy world.
Personally, I'm not in favor of booing my own team, but fans who pay the price of admission should be allowed to voice their displeasure if they so choose. New York fans are no different than any other; when things are going well, they cheer. When the team constantly loses games it should win in embarrassing fashion, some fans will start booing.
A player who has been as unproductive as Jacobs has been this season will be more sensitive to the booing than other players. It's obvious that Jacobs takes the booing to heart, but he has to realize that winning cures everything in sports. Complaining to the media that the boos make it "harder to overcome adversity" is not going to stop fans from booing when he gets stopped for 1 yard on 3rd and 2."
Dan Stack: "Jacobs mainly doesn't get that the Giants fans want whats best for the team. As fans, we want to win and if Jacobs can contribute we'll get behind him. Jacobs thinks many fans have an agenda. The only agenda us fans have is wanting to win!"
Craig Santucci: "He doesn’t get the fact that fans expect effort and when you play down to the level of Philadelphia…you are going to hear about it. He doesn’t get that fans expect in game adjustments, make it look like you want to win."
Kel Dansby: "Brandon Jacobs is still under the illusion that he has the same skill set as he did in 2007. He is no longer a bruising and feared runner, but a running back without the ability to bend his knees, which takes away his ability to gain those tough extra yards. He is now a straight up and down runner that exposes his torso and those battered knees to defenders. That is why he is oft injured and even more often booed.
The fact is that Brandon Jacobs has not realized that the NFL has past him by and even his own team is changing in front of his eyes. The offense is more spread out then ever and smaller backs that run with a low center of gravity & power (Ahmad Bradshaw) are the backs that can now succeed. He better be happy with still having a role on the team and adjust his attitude, because eventually his biggest contributions will be made on special teams and not on offense."
Matt Marino: "I didnt felt like the fans were booing Jacobs. Seemed to me and people sitting around me at the stadium that they were booing the play calling. Jacobs just ended up being the fall guy."
Jon Wagner: "What Jacobs doesn't get about the fans' booing is what it takes to play in a market like New York.
I wrote an article on GFB in the preseason crediting what seemed to be a turn-around in Jacobs' attitude, a seemingly sharp departure from the days when he asked for a trade, flung his helmet into the stands in Indianapolis, and whined over the number of carries he was receiving. I thought he finally did get it and was turning the corner, ready to put the team first and compliment Ahmad Bradshaw to form perhaps the most feared and most productive running back tandem in the NFL this season.
All the signs were there in the pre-season. He was running well and even cheering on the sidelines after a nice run by Bradshaw in a pre-season game.
But, it's quite evident now, that I gave Jacobs too much credit back then. He's still the same old Jacobs, far too sensitive and too selfish to fully accept the role that the Giants need him to be willing to take on in order to truly make them NFC contenders.
Rather than worrying about criticism fro the fans or media, how about actually having the vision to look for a hole to the right or left, instead of simply following your blockers straight ahead to nowhere? He has instead become the most tunnel-vision runner in the league, which is exactly how you rush for 21 yards in a huge game.
Jacobs' latest response to the fans points out that he hasn't really changed:
"It's what they do best," he said.
Now, here's what a more mature, truly mentally rehabilitated Jacobs WOULD have said:
"I ran for 21 yards on 12 carries when I needed to produce, and we lost a big game that we needed to win. The fans are paying PSL's, high ticket prices, a lot of money to see us play. We know that they boo because they want us to succeed. And, in New York they'll let you know. Just like they'll cheer you like no other place when you do produce."
I'm starting to think that Jacobs is the next Tiki Barber, only lacking the ability that even Barber had when he was here - which is even more justification for the fans to boo Jacobs right now."