Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/4/11
Five years ago, the New York Giants were in desperate need of a running back. After Tiki Barber stunned the organization, retiring after 2006 at just the age of 31, with many believing that he was at the peak of his game, New York had few options to replace Barber, who set the Giants record, rushing for 234 yards in a week 17 win over Washington. After Barber’s rejuvenated success under Tom Coughlin, the Giants were placed in the midst of an identity crisis. Barber brought a nice combination of being deceptively fast, and the ability to break tackles. He always seemed to have a nose for the first-down marker or the endzone. Then, came Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs, who was featured solely as a third-down or goal-line back with Barber fell into the top spot rather nicely, and quickly, he became feared as the most physical and thunderous back in the league. Week after week, teams struggled to bring down Jacobs. Linebackers couldn’t run with him. He powered through safety’s and cornerbacks, it almost seemed unfair. Jacobs gave New York the identity that it holds today — a physical, tough and ‘hit you in the mouth’ football team with a [...]
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