Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Jacobs to fans: Don't make it harder on us
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Brandon Jacobs isn’t backing off his assessment of New York Giants fans.
In fact, the running back said in an interview with WFAN that Giants fans not only boo but they make playing at home sometimes feel like a road game.
“Giants fans are going to be Giants fans,” Jacobs said. “They’re great when you’re up and -- it’s like this everywhere else as well -- and they kick you when you’re down. Right now I don’t think we are down. I want them to cheer for us. I want our stadium to be super loud when the offense is out on the field.”
Jacobs and the Giants’ offense heard boos after the running back rushed for just 21 yards on 12 carries in their 17-10 loss to the Eagles on Sunday night.
After the game, Jacobs stirred things up when he said “that’s the best thing that they [fans] do here is boo" when asked about the jeers.
Jacobs said that Giants players don’t want to hear boos when they are playing at home and trying to win.
"We go out there and we play hard and do whatever we got to do,” he said. “It’s up to them whether or not that they want to boo. And that’s what they do. So that’s what we got cheering for us. No, I don’t take anything back I said about not caring because at the end of the day, we’re out there as a team and it seems like we are playing at home and we’re out there by ourselves as well versus playing on the road. We just gotta stick together as a team and whatever comes with the territory as far as boos and that’s what they wanna do, that’s what they do."
The Giants (6-4) have lost two straight games and will play the Saints in New Orleans on Monday night. Their next home game is on Dec. 4 against Green Bay.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday that the Giants need to make more plays so that they won’t draw boos. He has been critical of the abysmal running game and the offensive line's performance of late. The Giants are 31st in the NFL with 83.2 rushing yards per game –- their lowest since 1945 when they averaged 76.9 yards a game.
“The crowd is going to boo,” Coughlin said when asked about Jacobs’ postgame reaction. “I don’t see any reason to pay any attention to it [the boos]. Make a good play and you’ll hear it the other way around. It’s just part of the game.”
Jacobs has rushed for 274 yards and is averaging three yards a carry with three touchdowns. While starting in place of an injured Ahmad Bradshaw, Jacobs has a total of 148 yards and one touchdown in the last three games.
Jacobs said all he wants is for the fans to support the home team when things get tough.
“We work hard and we go out there and play as hard as we can and we already have trouble overcoming adversity,” he said. “For them to add more to the pot and stir it up that way, it makes it even harder for us to do something, for us to come up out of something. That’s the message I’m trying to get across.”
“I’m not saying I don’t care about our fans,” he added. “I’m just saying that we need them. There’s a reason we play at home, when we’re down and going through adversity we need them to lift us up, not kick us down. That’s all I’m trying to say.”
Jacobs heard it from fans earlier this season after he made comments in a Men’s Fitness article voicing his frustration with his role and how he will likely have to go elsewhere after his contract is up to show what he can still do.
Jacobs said he wants to remain a Giant if possible and he explained some of his comments, including his statement about having nothing positive to say after a win over Miami last month other than he has “family at home and I got a fast-ass car being delivered.”
“I didn’t say anything dumb,” Jacobs explained. “I was upset and it wasn’t really about the fans or what I said. I didn’t have a great game, I barely played and that was what made me happy at that time. It was a $70,000 Nissan. Everybody thought I was talking about a Lamborghini or something."
“We do have great fans here,” he added. “I have witnessed that as well throughout my seven years here. Things that we are going through this year as far as playing at home, that negativity is hard to bring us up through that. We don’t want to hear things like that when we are playing at home in games we still have a chance to win. It is really hard. That is all I am saying.”