Is Jacobs having an identity crisis?
The expectations on Brandon Jacobs are about as clear as the expectations of a wrecking ball. So when Jacobs tries to do more than just barrel into the line of scrimmage and push piles four or five yards at a time, it can frustrate fans and onlookers. And that is beginning to frustrate Jacobs.
“I get the ball, I get in there, I’m supposed to run smack dead into somebody and I get criticized if I don’t do that,” Jacobs said today in an interview with Brandon Tierney on 1050 ESPN Radio. “Right now my stats aren't very good, and people want to know why. Well that's why. I have the ability to make plays with my feet, but when I try to, it's the worst thing, I'm scum of the earth when I do that, so I go ahead and do what I can do.”
Jacobs has run for 355 yards on 100 carries this season and had 67 yards on 21 carries against the Raiders.
“I'm just being patient and trying not to get frustrated,” Jacobs said. “Frustration is very close up on me, I'm going to be honest, I'm going to tell you that.”
Just as frustrating is not being able to pinpoint the problems. “I'm not missing any reads, it’s not like I’m going out there running and holes are opening and I’m missing them,” he said. “That's not what it is. I can't tell you honestly what it is.”
Jacobs said he is relatively healthy. While he is being criticized for being patient and waiting for holes to open up, there are some who believe he isn’t patient enough. And the comparisons to Ahmad Bradshaw (375 yards on 58 carries) certainly aren’t helping.
“Ahmad is more, he can bounce around in those little creaks and cracks that he gets and make a lot of big plays,” Jacobs said. “Do I have the ability to do that? Yes. But if I try to, I’m wrong if I try to make plays like that because I'm 265, 275 pound, I'm not supposed to be doing that. Hit it up in there, go in and hit somebody, that's what people want to see me do. If I don't do it, I get criticized, if I do do it, I get criticized. I can't win."
“The patience is there, things develop,” Jacobs said, “but sometimes someone does something and I have to make a cut that I hadn’t planned on making beforehand and it kind jacks the whole run up.”
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