Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 3/13/12

by Adam Carman, BGB Assistant Editor

Big Blue Nation was rocked this past weekend when the Giants announced they were cutting longtime running back Brandon Jacobs. The widespread emotion seems to be one of rage and sorrow, but this writer believes that the Giants move was long overdue and the team will be better off in the long run. Here are the top three reasons why.

3. Finances. Jacobs' termination frees up over $4 million in cap space. With twenty-one high profile free agents including Mario Manningham, Osi Umenyiora and Chase Blackburn waiting we can't afford to keep everyone. Honestly this should not have come as much of a surprise. Every year we have to make cuts and every year fans hate to see some of their favorite players go. But football is a business and when push comes to shove and you need to clear cap space immediately, you need to cut the weakest links. That brings me to number two....

2. Production. Those bemoaning the loss of Jacobs seem to be stuck in a pre-2009 world where he was the 1,000 yard back bowling over defenders, unstoppable. That Jacobs bears no resemblance to the Brandon Jacobs we've seen the past three seasons. He hasn't rushed for 1000 yards since 2008 (which is why he was demoted in 2010). Part of that was a sagging offensive line but Bradshaw rushed for 1,000 yards in 2010 and led the team again this year. But they key stat is Jacobs in short yardage situations and here he was horrible. When you have a back who is 6'5" and 265 pounds, you expect him to be good at bowling people over for a yard or two...and with possibly one exception, Jacobs routinely failed to convert 3rd and short and 4th and short situations. At the end of the regular-season game in San Francisco, Manning was criticized for throwing on 4th and 2, a pass that was batted down. Why not run Jacobs? many demanded. Because when they did, Jacobs tended to come up short. Manning's arm or the shiftier gallop of Ahmad Bradshaw or even DJ Ware gave the Giants a better chance to succeed.

1. Attitude. Many point to Jacobs as an emotional leader, getting the team fired up before games, but there's a dark side to that. Jacobs verged on bi-polar. Whether it was throwing his helmet into the stands or regularly challenging the Giants to cut him by predicting every season to be his last and speculating where he'd end up, Jacobs proved he could be Michael Strahan or Jeremy Shockey, sometimes both in the same press conference. He drew loud cheers from Giants fans for telling Rex Ryan, "Shut up, fat boy," on Christmas Eve, but now he has openly expressed his desire to play for the Jets. Rex Ryan has yet to comment. All in all, with production falling, his sour attitude and the tea,'s salary cap needs. no one need lament his departure. He's not yet Steve Smith--no need to burn his jersey or trash him on his facebook page. He was among the great runners in his prime and deserves to be remembered fondly. But enough with the hand-wringing, the trashing of Jerry Reese and the gushy tributes that don't seem to take recent history into account. The Giants will be just fine without him.
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