There is nothing like the words of an opponent. When you hear them say something on the margin, you pay attention:
You can be sure heading into Monday night’s game in Cleveland that Brandon Jacobs and the Giants offensive line will take notice on comments made by Browns defensive end Corey Williams. This from Paul Schwartz:
Williams said toughness had nothing to do with Jacobs’ big-play ability. “It’s a zone-blocking scheme that lets him run and pick a hole,” he said. “There ain’t nothing physical about them.”
Williams, acquired from the Packers for a second-round draft pick, said Jacobs tired in last year’s NFC Championship.
“We were hitting [Jacobs], and he was slowing down,” Williams said. “He left the game. They let the Bradshaw kid come in. He’s really the one who killed us.”
The NY Giants Ultimatenyg football blog has been the unofficial home of Ahmad Bradshaw, wondering aloud why he does not get into the starting lineup for some time. We also acknowledge that Bradshaw has been the positive recipient of Jacobs ‘softening up’ the defense for his delayed entry. But we still have to keep hammering at the evidence. Everyone sees the explosive ability in Bradshaw except the Giants coaching staff.
Perhaps it is part of a genius master plan to play Jacobs and Ward until they get hurt, and then have the ‘little’ guy take us to the house in playoffs crunch time when everyone else is worn down and/or injured. I respect that a great deal. What I do NOT respect is Bradshaw returning kickoffs- if and when he gets hurt, that madness will make me blow a gasket. We have been stating it clearly that we expect Jacobs to slow down later this season because the punishment he dishes out also takes its toll on his own body… especially considering he is much taller than normal for a RB and thus has to run a little too tall. The only RB I have seen who could consistently run ‘tall,’ not get hurt, and last a (hall of fame) career was Eric Dickerson. At least Jacobs lowers his shoulder when impact is coming.
Sidenote to Corey Williams- You may be big enough to not be intimidated by Jacobs, but none of the back 7 look forward to that kind of punishment.