TORONTO - Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Given that line of logic, are the New York Giants being prudent or showing a wee bit of panic by making the decision to sit running back Ahmad Bradshaw and replace him with Brandon Jacobs for Sunday’s critical game against the Jacksonville Jaguars?
The Giants fell with a mighty thud the previous week when they lost in convincing fashion 27-17 to the Philadelphia Eagles, a defeat which bumped them into second place in the NFC East.
A team that has confidence in itself may have stayed the course and not made changes but the Giants are an organization that is haunted by its past and history shows that at this point of the season, that Giants have gone into bewildering funks that help torpedo their season.
On the season, Bradshaw is fifth in rushing overall and second in the NFC with 867 yards, has a 4.7-yard average and five TDs. Now he’s on the bench due to the fact that he also has fumbled six times, losing five of them.
“Why it would be a total surprise to anybody is beyond me,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said when announcing the switch.
“The No. 1 consideration is to try to stop beating ourselves. That’s one area that we should be able to improve. It’s very important not to improve in that area. We would like to have Ahmad evaluate the whole situation and obviously improve in that area, work on that.”
Jacobs, by comparison has gained 387 yards on 78 carries. They key is he has fumbled just once.
It seems that instead of building on success, the Giants are attempting to limit their mistakes.
That rarely translates into a winning proposition.