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Making Sense of Brandon Jacobs’ Problems with the San Francisco 49ers

The decision to bring him on board didn’t make much sense at the beginning, and it looks even worse in retrospect. Following a Twitter rant by disgruntled 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs (that was apparently done in an attempt to get the Niners to release him), the team found a way to hit him even harder. They chose to suspend him for the last 3 games of the season, and it doesn’t look like they are going to activate him for the playoffs.

If Brandon Jacobs wasn’t happy with his role with the 49ers a week ago, can’t imagine how he feels about the club now.

When the Niners did project makeover, offense addition in the offseason the addition of Brandon Jacobs on a 1 year roughly 1.5 million dollar contract was considered a savvy depth move by most. By me, not so much. The price and term are suiting of a team looking to acquire depth for a super bowl run, but there wasn’t room for the lineman sized running back from day one. His 5 carries for 7 yards on the season a perfect testament to how well he’s fit in with the 49ers offense.

The 49ers already had one of the deepest backfields in the league, featuring Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, and Anthony Dixon when they signed Jacobs. It makes his signing all the more perplexing when you take this into account. Where did the 49ers see him figuring into their plans on offense, and how on god’s earth did Brandon Jacobs think he was going to get much if any playing time? I understand that most athletes think they are much better than they actually are; but what kind of mental gymnastics did Jacobs pull to convince himself he was better than any of these running backs - other than Dixon - at this point in his career?

Best of luck to him this offseason, but it really does seem like Brandon Jacobs career may have just reached an unceremonious end. For all we know he signed with the 49ers due to a lack of options - I mean he can’t really have thought this would have worked out for him. If that was the case last offseason, finding teams to sign with will prove even more difficult in this one. His production has gone from average at best to atrocious in a matter of one year, he’s now built up a reputation as a prima donna, and he’s 30. The odds were always against the behemoth in the backfield, but he’s proven to be his own worst enemy with this team, and for all we know it could be his last.


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