Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Not Happy With Jacobs

Just got off the conference call with Tom Coughlin. He reports that he has yet to hear anything from the NFL regarding the status of Brandon Jacobs.

No news may truly be good news. If the Giants are lucky, Jacobs will get off with a heavy fine for essentially starting the melee during which he threw punches at both DeAngelo Hall and Albert Haynesworth and went unpunished for it. The league had not notified of Coughlin as of about 3:15 this afternoon of any suspension of Jacobs. But that doesn't mean it can't come down later tonight.

"We review all incidents of fighting," said league spokesman Greg Aiello. "But I haven't heard of any suspensions."

It may be that Jacobs will only be fined. Trent Cole of the Eagles and Giants center Shaun O'Hara were fined $15,000 each for their altercation last week, but neither was suspended. And Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams has been kept infamously employed despite repeated flagrant personal fouls. Given the time of the season and the importance of the games, it would be a surprise if Jacobs were to receive a suspension.

Still, Coughlin was not particularly happy with his running back's extra-curricular activities.

"I don't make those calls," Coughlin said. "I'm not going to speculate on that. Quite frankly, the play was on the other side of the field and a lot of people rallied and got over there, which is something we don't want.

"We specifically preach against anything of that nature, which would hurt the team and put us in a bad situation."

Instead, the personal foul call against Haynesworth wiped out a third-down sack in the fourth quarter and led to the touchdown that made the score 45-12.

"By and large, you get involved in those type of things, there are repercussions and penalties, and it does not help your team at all," Coughlin said.

In injury news, Coughlin said he'd have to wait until tomorrow to find out how severe G Rich Seubert's knee and WR Hakeem Nicks' hamstring injuries are. They will have a jog-through in the afternoon to install their first and second down packages for Carolina. Whether those players make it will tell a lot about their availability for Sunday.

"These things are going to take a while," Coughlin said. "We've got some guys who are sore and banged up, but who's going to be able to practice and who isn't, we're going to have to give it that extra day. There probably won't be a lot said about that until Thursday."

CB Aaron Ross was scheduled for an MRI on his aching left hamstring today, the results of which are pending. Also up in the air is the status of T Kareem McKenzie's knee that kept him inactive.


"I won't know any of that before you know it,"


  1. Hey Ernie, quick question. Jim Zorn is taking so much heat for calling that gadget play. But wasn't it just a month or two ago that so much media attention was given to the fact that Zorn was stripped of his play calling duties? So which is it?

  2. Ian - He calls all the two minute stuff. Plus, he freely admits it was his idea. I didn't see the Washington - Denver game, but the DC papers say a very similar play worked against Denver this season. Denver, apparently, didn't call a timeout. While I think it's appropriate that Zorn is taking a beating over the call, he never should have run it after the timeout, I don't Coughlin is getting the credit he should for having the common sense to call a timeout. Great move by Tom. Now, if he could only hire coordinators...

  3. Love Nicks but he seems plagued with his hamstring injuries. Hope it does not hinder him in the future. He's a great mover and could be a superstar like Steve Smith. Two great recievers! It would be a shame if he turns out to be a injury plagued receiver.