Giants coach Tom Coughlin remained tight-lipped on Tuesday (video) regarding the approach he’ll take to playing his starters in Sunday’s season finale against the Vikings. Coughlin said the Giants will “do the best thing for our football team.” Coughlin is expected to make his decisions later in the week after conferring with the team’s medical staff.
Brandon Jacobs also spoke with the media Tuesday, saying he wants to play, but the decision lies with the coaching staff. He spent most of the session answering questions on his relationship with fellow RB Derrick Ward, and the prospects of them becoming just the fourth set of NFL teammates to each reach 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. Ward (948) needs 52 yards to reach the mark; Jacobs sits at 1,089 yards.
“It would mean a lot to us,” Jacobs said. “Derrick works hard and he deserves it. He has been under the radar a lot so if he can get this done and get these 52 yards and make that happen I’d be very, very, very happy and to be honest with you, that is a very special thing to share with someone like him and as close as we are. That would be very special.”
Jacobs and Ward would join Cleveland’s Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner (1985), Pittsburgh’s Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier (1976) and Miami’s Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris (1972) on the exclusive list. It wasn’t lost on Jacobs that as he and Ward approach free agency this offseason, their success might be making it more likely that they won’t be teammates next season.
“That’s definitely going to hurt,” said Jacobs. “I talked to him about that as well and every time over the past two years I’ve been asking him what kind of money he is looking for and it’s going up every day. So, it’s funny and I laugh at him every time he tells me. He deserves it. He works hard and he does just as much as I do. He deserves it. It’s going to be tough as an organization having to make a decision on us but it’s going to be tough to part if that’s what we have to do. But like I said I love him like a brother and I wish we can still be around each other next season.”