Jacobs: Landry 'Should Have Been Smarter'
A year ago, LaRon Landry had a tough confrontation with Brandon Jacobs, and everybody talked about it. A year later, Landry faced a week of questions about that run-in.
"[Forget] motivation, it's already on my mind," Landry told reporters this week, except he didn't say forget. "However it comes up, that's how it come up. I ain't gonna shy away from it....Don't have a strategy I just go in there and hit. Mentality if you're a hitter or a tackler you got the mindset of just going there [and] doing whatever, make a disruption....He a powerful back. Probably got to hit him low, but...I ain't going to shy away from the contact."
Well, Landry didn't. Problem is, one time, that contact came too late. Landry drew a 15-yard penalty for hitting Jacobs out of bounds late in the first quarter. The Giants didn't end up scoring on the drive, but after the game, several Redskins talked about discipline, and you have to figure this was the kind of thing they meant. Coach Jim Zorn, for example, said his team "just didn't have the poise in situations that we needed to."
In the Giants locker room, meanwhile, Jacobs used the incident to take a dig at Landry.
"The Redskins as a whole is a pretty clean team, they just have one guy over there that was a little salty from 12 months ago," Jacobs told SportsNet New York's Mike Garafolo. "Those kind of things happen. Just keep on rolling."
Garafolo asked if he meant Landry.
"That's exactly who I'm talking about," Jacobs said.
He was asked to define "salty."
"He just kept at me, you know, hitting me out of bounds, got a stupid penalty, dumb fine that he shouldn't have had," Jacobs said. "He should have been smarter, you know, but it comes with experience."
After the game, the Comcast SportsNet crew took a look at these statements, and mostly sided with Jacobs.
"I have to agree with Brandon Jacobs in this point," Brian Mitchell said. "LaRon Landry, if everyone watches him, he looks for the big hit. He goes for the big hit every time, and he misses most of the time. He's leading with his head, he hits guys late, he goes up around the head. Those things are gonna cost the Redskins. Now, the guy is a player, but there are many safeties out there who we've heard his name compared with. I don't compare [Landry] with them, because he is trying to tackle with the crown of his helmet, which is illegal. And if they don't change it, somebody's gonna catch him. He's gonna be put to sleep--knocked out, I mean--or he's gonna hurt somebody, or he will hurt himself, and it can be very detrimental."
"The hits he needs to make are not the ones he wants to make," Trevor Matich agreed. "They're the ones the team needs him to make. And sometimes when he wants to light up somebody, if he's the first guy there or the last guy of defense, he needs to wrap them up, not try to go for the big shot."
"We see it every week," Mitchell concluded. "He leads with his head. And if he keeps leading with his head, someone's gonna catch him."
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