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Jacobs: Coughlin's bad stepson

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27)

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) finds room for yardage against the New England Patriots in the third quarter. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: AP

Brandon Jacobs’ relationship with Tom Coughlin is … complex.

The running back explored the topic a bit today.

“In this league you have to be a man,” he said. “In this league you need to take care of yourself. Coach shouldn’t have to ride you. Coach Coughlin has been on me a great deal about a lot of things. I’m like the stepson of Coach Coughlin. He’s got all these other guys on the team who don’t really do too much, they kind of stick to themselves. But me and Coach Coughlin have always had a fight about me saying things and saying how I feel. You can’t have all perfect kids. It’s not a perfect world. You can’t have all perfect kids. You have to have one bad one.”

Jacobs does admire Coughlin, and is especially impressed by the way he has softened his approach with the players in recent years.

“(Since) I first came to Coach Coughlin in 2005, he’s pulled back a lot,” Jacobs said. “And even going through the stuff we went through throughout the year, he’s pulled back a lot. He’s let us play. He’s done a great job to be a man who has believed in one thing for 60-something years and then to turn around and change for the better of his football players and be able to have people want to hang around and play for him and get them to this point where we are now.”


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