|Jacobs is ready to show people that he is 'nowhere near done' this season with the 49ers. (US Presswire)|
SANTA CLARA, Cal. -- It doesn't matter where Brandon Jacobs is. East Coast, West Coast, the guy still calls 'em as he sees 'em -- and, usually, he's on target.
So it was Jacobs, now a running back with San Francisco and once a running back with the New York Giants, who I met this week to get a perspective on his new job, his new team, his new coach, his old coach, his old team and the city he left behind.
As usual, he didn't disappoint.
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Jacobs was particularly animated when talking about what's going on with the New York Jets, but that's no surprise. It was Jacobs who confronted Jets' coach Rex Ryan on the field following last season's defeat of the Jets, with an angry Jacobs reportedly telling him to "Shut Up, Fat Boy." What may surprise you, however, is that Jacobs now says he could play for Rex.
"No question," he said. "I really like coach Ryan. I feel like we're sort of alike."
I don't know about that. What I do know is that in Jacobs, the 49ers have a running back who can push the pile, give Frank Gore breathers, hammer the goal line and offer advice and wisdom to anyone who's interested.
Color me interested.
Q: You have two Super Bowl rings, but after getting released do you feel as if you have something to prove?
Jacobs: "I don't feel like I have anything to prove. I'm on a great team that I'm trying to help win so, no, I don't feel like I have anything to prove. But I do want to show people that I'm nowhere near done, like some people think I am. In that sense, I am trying to prove that point."
Q: So why the 49ers?
Jacobs: "It's just a great team to be a part of. There is great talent, a great coaching staff and a great organization. It's traditionally known to be at the top of the NFL, and that's where we are now. I had a few chances to go places, but I wanted to come here. I liked coach [Jim] Harbaugh, and I had a chance to meet him a couple weeks prior to being picked up ... and, of course, there's the weather. You can't beat the weather."
Q: Anything in particular you like about your new head coach?
Jacobs: "He understands players. He wants us to work hard. He wants us to bust our butts to get us to do what we need to do. And he respects his players."
Q: Any thoughts about your former head coach, Tom Coughlin?
Jacobs: "He and [Harbaugh] just have different temperaments, just a different way of coaching. But I miss the old dude. I can tell you that, and definitely mean it. I miss the old dude. But I am extremely happy where I am now."
Q: Speaking of the Giants, there's a feeling that Philadelphia, not New York is the team to beat in the NFC East this season. You agree with that?
Jacobs: "Yes. Philadelphia is stacked, and they've got a good quarterback who may be dealing with an [injured] thumb now, but he's working hard. It's going to be tough to beat the Eagles, but if there's anybody who's going to do it it's going to be the New York Giants. The way they work when it comes down to games ... those divisional games ... coach [Coughlin] knows how to pull it off. But I left the NFC East; I'll worry about this division."
Q: OK, then, any thoughts about what's going on with the New York Jets?
Jacobs: "It's a circus, man. But every year it's like that. 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."
Q: You have to feel for some of those guys caught in the middle, though, right?
Jacobs: "People make their expectations, and that's what people do with the Jets because of what's going on. People make expectations about them, and when it comes down not to be that way, coach Ryan has some bull [about what happened]. Then they're looking down at everybody. But it's the media and everybody else making these expectations for this football team. When it doesn't happen you're beating the coach up and beating the players up, but they're a team that's working hard just like everyone else in this league."
Q: It just seems sometimes as if the Jets try too hard to beat the Giants to the back pages of the Post and Daily News. Yet while they win the headlines, it's the Giants that win the big ballgames.
Jacobs: "And it's always going to be like that. 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. 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."