Both running backs rushed for over 1,000 yards and were among the league's best duo's, along with the Titan's Lendale White and Chris Johnson, and the Panthers' Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.
Ahmad Bradshaw, who was used mostly used to run down defenses in the fourth quarter, was also part of that three headed running game monster labeled, "Earth, Wind, and Fire."
Yet, Ward left the Giants after that productive 2008 campaign, and shipped himself off to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bradshaw will now be called upon to be the No. 2 guy behind Jacobs.
Bradshaw as already shown that he can get the job done, when in 2007, he was called to get a majority of the carries behind Jacobs when Ward went down with an injury earlier in the season.
Entering 2009, Jacobs will obviously have to carry the load, and Bradshaw will be there to be the change of pace back.
Earth and Fire are set, but will the three headed monster come alive again?
Danny Ware, a University of Georgia product, is now in the picture to become the new Wind and replace Ward. Although the depth chart doesn't go with the order of, "Earth, Wind, and Fire" these three running backs together can be better then last season's group.
Ware, 6'0", 234 lbs., somewhat erased the memory of Ward's 1,000 yard season last year when he ripped off a a long touchdown catch coming off a screen pass last Monday night against the Panthers. For an average sized running back, he his quick, but could also deliver with the powerful run game.
Coming into training camp, Ware was in a competition for the third running back spot with the Giant's fourth round draft pick in this past year's draft, Andre Brown from North Carolina State. The competition quickly ended when Brown went down with achilles injury and his now out for the season.
If Ware can fill the Giant's third running back spot, and Jacobs and Bradshaw can still be productive, the Giants should have no problem having a dominant running attack.