I guess a dominating 5-0 record to open the season isn’t enough anymore.
Despite the Giants leading for a staggering 83.6% of the season, the incessant need for criticism has locked in on Brandon Jacobs and his meager 3.6 yards per carry through the first five games.
It started in week 3 when Tony Siragusa took time to digress from the Giants demolition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to repeatedly mention Brandon Jacobs was not himself. He then explained that Jacobs has to learn how to harness his rare power and speed, a comment to which the likes of Rodney Harrison and LaRon Landry rolled their eyes in response.
Jacobs ran well the next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but failed to compile 100 yards in 21 carries. Meanwhile, Bradshaw ran for 64 yards on twelve carries, running around and through Chiefs defenders.
Bradshaw’s shredding of the Oakland Raiders coupled with a mediocre showing by Jacobs has some believing the criticisms. If Bradshaw is averaging 10 yards a pop, how come Jacobs took three carries inside the five and failed to get into the end zone?
Simply put, the Raiders defense is designed for an Ahmad Bradshaw to thrive, not a Brandon Jacobs.
Now here’s a more elaborate explanation.
The Raiders have defined failure since Rich Gannon threw more touchdown passes in the Super Bowl to the Buccaneers then Raiders. And through each passing year, discipline and performance has declined.
Ahmad Bradshaw’s sensational runs after tucking the ball away are indeed a credit to the young back’s skills, but can also be attributed to the Raiders horrific discipline on defense. On his second touchdown run, Bradshaw made a tremendous cut to the inside and raced into the end zone untouched.
His ability to take advantage of the Raiders poor gap discipline and lack of speed allowed him to dominate this game for 165 total yards. Meanwhile, Brandon Jacobs is built to run through defenses as evidenced by his paltry 67 yards on 21 carries.
Does this make Bradshaw a better back than Jacobs at this moment? No. Jacobs has back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and several 20+-carry games to go back on. Bradshaw has never touched the ball more than 20 times a game and has not proved he can sustain success for a full season.
These two are excellent compliments to each other, perhaps even more effective than the Jacobs-Ward combination that combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards in 2008. Jacobs still poses fear in the minds of defenders, regardless of what the numbers show.
After all, his two-yard carries that Giants fans are growing impatient of ultimately contribute to Bradshaw’s 24-yard burst in the middle of the third quarter. These two are helping each other out in the hopes of bringing home a second Lombardi in three years.
So how about you guys start enjoying 5-0?