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Season-In-Review: What Went Wrong – Brandon Jacobs

81706719AB020_PHILADELPHIA_Today I will be focusing on Brandon Jacobs and what went wrong.  I’m sorry I couldn’t resist using the above picture because this is how I feel Brandon Jacobs performed this season (laying down).  I hate so say it but did Brandon get his big contract and start playing tentatively?  I picture Brandon Jacobs screaming and saying he is going to break 100 yards before every game yet it never happened.  Jacobs ran the ball 224 times for 835 yards and 5 scores.  That breaks down to a 55.7 yard per game average, and thats plain not going to cut it.  Compare that to last year when he played in 13 games, ran for 1089 yards (83.8 yards per game) on 219 carries and found the endzone 15 times.  Besides the decrease in yards and touchdowns his yards per carry dropped from 5 to 3.7.

So what went wrong?  First of all I will give Jacobs the benefit of doubt and say injuries.  It just seemed that he wasn’t running with the same force.  Hopefully that was the case because Jacobs is having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. According to a team source, Jacobs has a partial tear of the meniscus cartilage that needs to be “cleaned out”.  Another reason could be the disappointment of the offensive line as posted on Monday.  Perhaps another reason was a change in offensive philosophy.  But after looking at the passing stats they didn’t change much from last year.  This year Manning attempted 509 passes and last year it was 479.  Break that down during a 16 game season thats only 2 more passes a game.

If Reese and Company feel that Jacobs isn’t effective any longer and next season is uncapped it could get interesting.  I see a shift in the offense were Manning is the number one option.  It wouldn’t surprise me IF (and its a big IF) they feel Jacobs won’t return the same runner to cut their losses, go with Bradshaw, Brown and a rookie/free agent and have more of a single back/shifty backfield with more three wideout formations.

I for one am still a Jacobs fan and love the fire and intensity he brings, but next season he has to back up his mouth with his legs and show the Giants he still is a powerhouse type back.

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3 Responses to “Season-In-Review: What Went Wrong – Brandon Jacobs”

  1. CMH says:

    Good points Mark. I really think he was a victim of the O line soft play, much as he was the biggest beneficiary of their dominance previous 2 years.

    I also think he and Ward were a devastating combo and each one was better because of the other. Hopefully, Brown can step into that role next year.

  2. Russo says:

    I also agree the O line had to take some blame on lack of gaps but I dont think not having Ward was an issue. Jacobs and Bradshaw are a good combo. If anything I’d attribute last of TD and yards to some very obvoius play calling by Gilbride for the first half of the season. Run Run Pass was the formula especially in the redzone. I think that teams were wise to Jacobs power and Gilbride lack of creativity in how he used him after getting smashed by him for two years.

  3. andrew ilnicki says:

    Ward ranked even lower than jacobs in total RB performance.

    Ward was the third worst total performer, Jacobs was fifth from the bottom.

    Bradshaw was the only saving grace who was in the top 20.

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