Antrel Rolle wasn’t the only one taken to the woodshed by Tom Coughlin over the last two days. Running back Brandon Jacobs had a chat of his own, and came out in the locker room Wednesday adequately contrite for his sideline tantrum that ended with his helmet making like a SCUD missile for a Colts fan 10 rows deep in the stands.
Jacobs apolgized to just about everyone, and said he hoped that ended the matter.
“First off I want to start by saying to you guys (the media), the last month it hasn’t been so pleasant dealing with me,” he said. “I’ve been in a state of mind where I hated all you guys. I apologize to each and every one of you for acting the way I’ve been acting the last month or so.
“Secondly I want to apologize to my teammates for putting them in a position to answer these questions about me when they should be focusing on winning games, (to) our organization for the same thing, and the Indianapolis Colts organization as well as their fans and our fans for the incident. Again, I didn’t mean for that to happen. I was angry. I should’ve never threw the helmet, no matter where it went. And a special apology to the fellow that caught it. I apologize to him and his family and everyone else who was in the area who could’ve been harmed.
“Those are my apologies and I mean them 100 percent.”
Jacobs said his Monday meeting with Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese had more to do with further defining his role as Ahmad Bradshaw’s backup, and getting the explanation as to why he lost his job.
He said he’s satisfied now, and the Giants can look for a rejuvenated, physical changeup to Bradshaw’s cutback style.
“Just to put this whole thing to bed, my issue was the explanation (for his demotion from the starting lineup),” Jacobs said. “I didn’t have one. I have one now. Now all that stuff is gone. It’s done. And we’re moving forward. So that’s what lit my dynamite. It was the explanation to what was going on.”
Jacobs indicated that his days of running east-to-west instead of between the tackles where he’s most effective are over. He now has it in his mind that he’s going to knock people over.
“I can set a physical tone when the opportunity is given,” Jacobs added. “That’s what I want to do. I want to get everybody driven up right away so we can let these teams know right off the bat that, ‘Hey, this whole game is going to be like this, so be ready.’ And the next team that’s coming in the next week will see that as well. That’s what I want to do.
“I’m definitely at my best when I’m more physical,” he said. “That kind of keeps the defense guessing about what’s going to happen. A lot of guys are not going to take that for four quarters. That’s what I want to do to them.”
For Coughlin, it goes deeper than that. He needs production from Jacobs, but he also needs maturity.
“Whatever the questions were, (they) were answered specifically,” Coughlin said. “Again, the discussion led to some of the other areas—just the professionalism in terms of meeting with the media and that type of thing. So I’m hoping that the lesson learned from last weekend as well as the incident with the helmet, I’m hoping that Brandon can grasp the importance of keeping your poise, keeping your cool, that type of thing.”
Keeping cool seemed the theme of the day. Jacobs was accommodating in the locker room, standing in for questions much longer than he usually does. Coughlin looked more relaxed than expected during his press conference, at one point responding to a question about the running backs not being particularly satisfied with their usage last week against the Colts with, “We’re not too satisfied, either.”