With the preseason battle for New York coming up this Saturday, leave it to running back Brandon Jacobs -despite no longer being involved- to stir up some controversy. Always a Giant at heat, Jacobs still has some bitter feelings towards Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. In an interview with CBS Sports, Jacobs said the Jets will never move past the Giants as New York's team.
Last season, it was Jacobs who told Jets coach Rex Ryan "It's time to shut up, fat boy." This, of course, came after the Giants proved to the Jets who big brother was; defeating them 29 to 16 in week 16. Following that game, Jacobs continued to show his distaste for the Jets.
“Rex Ryan is a disrespectful bastard. The Jets have a big mouth, big belly coach that talks too much,” Jacobs said at the time.
It's clear Jacobs has a history with Gang Green, but even now that he is no longer a Giant, it seems his feelings haven't changed. Jacobs believes the Jets can try all they want but they will never become the superior New York team.
“They were in the AFC Championship game twice in a row, but the year after that the Giants win the Super Bowl. That discredits everything as far as the Battle of the City. They can't ever one-up the Giants — not in my eyesight; not in anyone else's eyesight. They can never do that. They keep trying, but they're doing it the wrong way,” Jacobs said.
The Jets have certainly passed the Giants in one category: headlines. Rex Ryan seems to always be in the news for an outlandish comment or action, whether it's guaranteeing a Super Bowl Championship for the umpteenth time or flipping off a camera. This offseason the Jets made the ultimate attention begging move of them all by acquiring "quarterback" Tim Tebow, who already dominated Sportscenter. Jacobs called the Jets organization a "circus" after their offseason full of attention.
“Obviously the Jets have some great players. Bart Scott, [Darrelle] Revis, [Antonio] Cromartie. They have a good defense, no question about it. But all this stuff surrounding [Tim] Tebow and [Mark] Sanchez … I truly think it's going to be Sanchez. He's going to be the guy. He's got to be the guy. He's the natural quarterback out of the two. That's just my opinion. I shouldn't be speaking of their team, but I'm just so tired of reading and hearing of everything over there … and it's mid-August. It's like: Are you kidding me? Camp's not even over," he said.
While Jacobs may dislike the team, he certainly respects them and their talent. Jacobs even admitted to liking coach Ryan, going as far as saying they're similar, despite his comments directed at him last season.
"I really like coach Ryan. I feel like we're sort of alike," he added.
The Jets certainly do possess some talent, especially on defense, but Jacobs (like most NFL fans) remains baffled at some of the moves the organization makes.
“Like I said, the Jets have a great football team. They're talented, no question about that, and Shonn [Greene] is a great running back who runs hard. They've got a good team, man, but sometimes … I just don't know what the problem is. That's why things go the way it does for them," Jacobs said.
The annual preseason game hyped as "the MetLife Bowl" is this Saturday. Though the game has no real meaning, it is often a very physical game, where seeing a scuffle break out isn't uncommon. We will see if this weekend's showdown will help throw some more fuel on the Giants, Jets rivalry.
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