Brandon Jacobs said he won’t take back any of the comments he’s made about Giants fans and their booing, making it all the more likely that the fans will continue to vocalize their displeasure.
“When you come out and you get booed like they do us, we’re only out there for ourselves,” Jacobs said Wednesday morning in an interview on WFAN. “We go out there and we play hard, we do whatever we have to do, and it’s up to them whether or not they want to boo. And that’s what they do. So that’s what we have cheering for us.”
“Giants fans are going to be Giants fans,” he said later in the interview. “They’re great when you’re up and … they kick you when you’re down.”
Jacobs has run afoul of many Giants fans in words and deed this season. He is averaging 3.0 yards per carry, including 1.8 per carry against the Eagles on Sunday. He groused about playing time but since taking over the starting role for an injured Ahmad Bradshaw three games ago he has run for 148 yards on 48 carries.
Then there are his comments, like after the Dolphins game when fans booed his performance and he said the only thing he cared about was his family and a fast car he was having delivered later that week. Or following Sunday’s loss when he said that booing is “the best thing they do here.”
In Wednesday’s interview, Jacobs said that playing at home feels like a road game and the team feels like “we’re out there by ourselves.”
“We just have to stick together as a team and whatever comes with the territory as far as boos, if that’s what they want to do, that’s what they do,” he said.
Earlier this week, Tom Coughlin was asked about Jacobs’ reaction to hearing it from the fans.
“I don’t see any reason to pay any attention to it,” Coughlin said. “Make a good play and you’ll hear it the other way around. It’s just part of the game.”
Jacobs suggested that the dissatisfaction does indeed affect the team.
“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 … The things that we’re going through this year, as far as playing at home, that negativity, it’s hard to bring us up through that. We don’t want to hear things like that when we’re playing at home in games we still have a chance to win. That’s really hard.”
Jacobs did clarify a few things. He said he’d like to finish his career with the Giants, but the reason he thinks he won’t is because of decisions the Giants will make and not him. He said he does not foresee any unwinnable games on the schedule, including the next two against the Saints and Packers. And he said he is misunderstood by most people.
But when it comes to the fans and their booing, he remained steadfast.
“When we’re down and going through adversity, we need them to lift us up, not take us down,” he said.
Judging by some of the phone calls from fans that followed Jacobs’ interview, he did little to win them over with his words. Only his play on the field may be able to do that.