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Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:35 pm
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Giants great Alex Webster dies at 80

Alex Webster, a NYG great, coached the team from 1969-73. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Alex “Red” Webster, one of the top rushers in Giants history who also served as the team’s coach from 1969-73, died at the age of 80 on Saturday morning, according to TCPalm.com.

Webster, who was inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor this past year and who was a two-time Pro Bowler, played in New York from 1955-64, recording 4,638 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also caught 240 passes for 17 more scores.

Webster was fourth on the club’s all-time rushing list, but Brandon Jacobs passed him this season.

"He was a very gracious gentleman, a very honorable and proud man," John Miller, the general manager of the senior home in which Webster lived in Port St. Lucie, Fla., told the website. "I considered him a great friend. Considering his background and everything that he accomplished, he was very unassuming.”

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Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Jacobs isn't interested in selling his soul

Jacobs isn't sure of the NYG want him back next year. (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

When he’s not filling in for Jason Pierre-Paul as a wrestler for TNA, Brandon Jacobs likes to earn his living as a running back for the Super Bowl champion Giants. Though he’s supposed to make $4.9 million in 2012, the last year of his contract, the Giants have made it known they’d like to pay him less.

And while he has said he would take a cut in pay, Jacobs -- who restructured his deal last August -- there’s only so far he’s willing to go.

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“I want to stay in New York a whole lot, man, because this is where I started,” Jacobs told WNBC-TV on Wednesday (via the New York Post). “It’s a great organization. I got wonderful, great teammates. I won a second Super Bowl here with this organization. But I’m not willing to sell my soul, you know? It’s a great organization and I want to be a part of it, but if not, if they’re not feeling the same way, then so be it.”

Jacobs is scheduled to earn $4.4 million in base salary with a roster bonus due to him March 17, and the Post theorizes that if he and the team can’t agree to a restructure, the Giants might cut him in order to save the $500,000 bonus. Plus, you have to remember that Jacobs doesn’t always have the best attitude when it comes to his playing time or talking with his critics, and coming off the worst statistical season since 2006, Jacobs might have to settle for making far less money with the Giants or for leaving the team altogether.

For now, Jacobs isn’t sure of his future plans.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re thinking. I want to be here. If not, there are 31 other teams out there.

“As far as I’m concerned I got another year left on my contract. I don’t know why I’m sitting here saying all this stuff. If they want it to work out it’s going to work out. If they don’t want it to work out, it’s not going to work out. That’s all I can say.”

And if it doesn’t work out with the Giants and he has to go play somewhere else, Jacobs can take solace in the fact that he still, we assume, has his “fast-ass car.

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Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:57 am
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Where will Randy Moss play?

Moss is coming back -- where could he end up? (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Move over, Mr. Valentine: there's a new guy in our hearts, and his name is Randy Moss. Moss announced his return to football via USTREAM and in the latest installment of the Pick-Six Podcast we break down his performance on live Internet television, and wonder where he might end up playing in 2012 (if anywhere).

We also discuss whether or not DeSean Jackson is a worthwhile franchise-tag candidate, what other wide receivers are available on the free-agent market, who'd they rather have in a wrasslin' match between Jason Pierre-Paul and Brandon Jacobs, and whether Roger Goodell is overpaid at $20 million a year or not. All that plus much, much more below.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:52 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 2:58 pm
 

Report: Brandon Jacobs wrestling in TNA for JPP

Jacobs will reportedly step into the ring for JPP on TNA. Just FYI. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Lovers of fine television theatre cameos shed a tear when Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul declined to rumble against Kurt Angle in Monday's TNA Wrestling event. But fear not, fine patrons: running back Brandon Jacobs will reportedly take his place on Monday night.

That's according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, who writes that the 6'4", 264-pound Giants running back will be the one squaring off against Angle in a segment that will air Thursday on Spike TV.

If we want to take this a step further (which is one step too far, really), let's now point out that Jacobs is actually a better fit than JPP when it comes to wrestling. Sure, JPP is a freakish athlete.

But Jacobs is a brute force. He's a tippy-toed wrecking ball whose wreckless behavior is a perfect symbol of wrasslin. And while JPP's willingness to guarantee a victory might be a fantastic wrestling cliché, Jacobs willingness to insult his opponent's wife is the most wrestling thing ever.

According to Marvez, Jacobs won't actually be a contestant in any match, but there "may be some degree of physicality that wouldn't violate his NFL contract."

We hope that's real enough for you, mister.

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Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:34 pm
 

Ahmad Bradshaw takes shot at Tony Romo

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BradshawBy Josh Katzowitz

Just because Tony Romo is coming off another solid season and shrugged off so many of the previous expectations/assumptions about his toughness and ability to play in the clutch, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to find his fellow colleagues to rip him whenever they get the chance.

I mean, the guy played with a punctured lung (and won!)and then, at the end of the season, he played with a bad hand, but hell, that apparently didn’t really satisfy anybody.

In fact, Romo started every game this season despite a number of ailments and obstacles. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was not so impressed.

Bradshaw, coming off his game-winning Super Bowl XLVI touchdown, was asked on the NFL Network if the Cowboys could ever win a Super Bowl with Romo as the starting quarterback. Bradshaw, predictably, doesn’t believe in Romo.

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“You know what, man, I don’t see it happening,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t think they believe it, and they’re America’s team.

“It all comes in together. If the fans don’t believe it, the team doesn’t. They’re kinda doubtful with Romo.”

While I'm not sure Bradshaw's reasoning makes sense (since when do players care what fans think about their teammates?), this also isn’t the first time this year a Giants running back has criticized Romo. You might recall Brandon Jacobs saying this in October: “[Eli Manning] is definitely a 100 percent better quarterback than Tony Romo. No question.”

Also criticizing Romo this year? Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders (though Romo also had a pretty big backer (literally and figuratively) in Dirk Nowitzki).

Surprisingly, not everybody, especially those in the Cowboys organization, agrees with Bradshaw (and Jacobs).

“I thought Romo was competing at a level that would’ve given us that opportunity but the rest of us need to play better and get better before we can really gel the way the Giants are,” Jones said at the Senior Bowl last month.

And when CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson caught up with Dallas running back DeMarco Murray during Super Bowl week, Murray defended Romo.

"One week he's a hero, the next week he's not,” Murray said. That's just the way it is with the Dallas Cowboys. We're used to it, we love it and we wouldn't want any one else leading our team."

Obviously, Romo is used to hearing people bash him for a variety of reasons. He tries to turn the other cheek. But he also understands why his vast array of critics say what they do.

"It's just an easy thing to say until you win the Super Bowl," Romo said in November. "Until then any time you lose a game it's a big game. But if you win, then it really wasn't that big of a game. That just goes with the territory."

But from a guy who just won the Super Bowl, Bradshaw’s words can’t feel so good to Romo.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:59 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Jacobs apologizes for telling Gisele to 'shut up'

Jacobs didn't mean it, Gisele. Well, not all of it anyway. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Wednesday, the New York media hounded Giants players for their thoughts on Gisele ripping Patriots wide receivers and pass-catchers. Running back Brandon Jacobs, often known for saying some outlandish things, said Gisele should "be cute and shut up."

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It was inappropriate, because you never tell another man's wife to "shut up," and Jacobs apologized for it later on Wednesday.

"Given the fact that it's a colleague of mine's wife, I do apologize for saying that, because I shouldn't have said that," Jacobs said Wednesday on The Doug Gottlieb Show. "It's his wife and I should respect that just as much as anyone else."

Jacobs is correct. If he'd said something like "She shouldn't be saying that about his teammates," he would've been lauded for correctly assessing the situation. Using the phrase "shut up" towards another man's wife just isn't something that flies.

As for the "be cute" part of his statement, well, Jacobs isn't apologizing for that.

"No question, he should take that as a compliment," Jacobs said. "If he finds something wrong with that, then that's his problem."

Theoretically, Gisele/Brady could be upset with "cute" since it's not the typical phrase used to describe "one of the most famous supermodels in the world."

Whatever, they got an apology from Jacobs which is a hard thing to do. And something tells us Gisele/Brady will have enough to worry about own on their own without sweating what someone on another team says.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:33 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Jacobs: Gisele needs to 'be cute and shut up'

Jacobs and Gisele are probs not BFFs. (AP)
By Will Brinson

It was really only a matter of time until someone on a football team got mad at Gisele Bundchen for her comments about Tom Brady's inability to catch his own bleeping passes. But no one expected it to be a member of the Giants.

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It was though -- Brandon Jacobs came out and, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello, had some words for Mrs. Brady.

"She needs to continue to be cute and shut up," Jacobs said, when asked about Gisele's comments.

Soooooo. I guess we know where Jacobs won't ever be playing, huh? Actually, although Jacobs comments are technically "rude," and certainly out of line, it's his delivery -- and not the message -- that needs tweaking. He just could've phrased things better, like his teammate Osi Umenyiora.

"That’s her husband," Umenyiora said. "I mean she’s supposed to stay out of things like that. But at the end of the day that’s their relationship and she has the right to say whatever she wants to."

That's the thing; it's not like this is a "women have their place" issue, although Jacobs makes it sound that way with his comments. It's just a "don't create a rift between your husband the quarterback and the rest of the team by screaming about how bad they suck to fans and reporters" thing.

It doesn't do anyone any good for the wife of the quarterback to come out and take shots at the quarterback's targets, since it really only serves to recreate a scene out of a sports movie. The results are, almost always, a rift between the quarterback and his teammates.

Except there's usually a few more games to sort their issues out and win the big game.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:00 am
 

Jacobs: Burress wanted to play for Giants

BurressBy Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s no secret the Jets team ended its 2011 season in turmoil with Santonio Holmes playing the role of anti-captain, linebacker Bart Scott flipping off reporters and seemingly everybody criticizing Mark Sanchez. And while coach Rex Ryan is intent on fixing his team’s problems, the Jets couldn’t escape the bright lights of Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day proceedings.

Though Plaxico Burress, surprisingly, was one of the least-controversial members of the Jets squad this season, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said Tuesday that Burress didn’t even want to play for the Jets in 2011. In fact, Jacobs said, Burress wanted to return to his old team, the Giants.

"Oh, no question, I know he did,” Jacobs said in quotes recorded by ESPN New York. “I know he wanted to come to the Giants. We just didn't think it was going to be able to be done financially. But he may be (back) next year, who knows?"

After Burress was released from prison, he signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Jets, and he actually performed better than expected, catching 45 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in his first action since 2008.

Burress actually visited with the Giants before he signed with the Jets, but they only offered him a guaranteed $1 million. The Jets’ $3 million was fully guaranteed.

But Jacobs also said Burress didn’t want to return to Ryan’s squad next year, because of all the well-documented turmoil that occurred there this season.

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"I don't see him back with the Jets next year at all," said Jacobs, who spoke with Burress on the phone recently. "I don't know what he's thinking, but I don't see that. They've got a lot of things going on over there, and I don't know if he wants to be part of that."

Jacobs also added this:

"How many receiving yards did he have last year? How many catches did he have? He's a starting wide receiver -- (45) catches. We got three guys, four guys on our team that have that. He's a much better wide receiver than (45) catches, I tell you that."

But before we start celebrating Burress’ eventual return to the Giants, let’s not forget what he told Men’s Journal before the season began about coach Tom Coughlin.

"After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was 'sad and disappointing,'" Burress said. "I'm like, forget support -- how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, 'I'm glad you didn’t kill anybody!' Man, we're paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn't realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own."

So, a reunion with Coughlin might be somewhat awkward, eh?

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