Brandon Jacobs isn’t only a running back. He’s a sociologist. He was handed his diploma in the locker room today, a degree from Fairleigh Dickinson that he worked on completing during the last few offseasons.
So, as a trained observer of the human condition, what does Jacobs make of Rex Ryan’s bravado?
“I think they’re trying to fulfill something, put something in people that may not be there,” Jacobs said. “That’s what it is. Sometimes I talk, I think ‘Maybe this won’t happen,’ but I’m going to make myself believe it.
“It doesn’t really upset me. He’s trying to put something in peoples’ minds that might not really be there.”
In other words, Jacobs thinks all of Ryan’s grand pronouncements are not necessarily because he believes them, but because he wants his players to believe them. A self-fulfilling prophecy.
“That’s Rex,” Jacobs said. “You can’t read into it. Rex will do whatever he needs to do to get his team ready to play. That’s what he feels like he has to do, that’s what he has to do.”
Jacobs said that if Ryan coached the Giants, there would be a lot more chirping coming from their locker room than there already is. In fact, he said he’s surprised that the Jets players don’t do more trash talking than they do considering their coach.
But Jacobs isn’t one to shy away from the chatter, now. He was asked about Ryan’s claim that whoever wins this game on Saturday will own New York.
“They’re going to need a hell of a lot more than this game to make that happen,” Jacobs said.