New York Giants: Would Brandon Jacobs Have Been Useful Before 49ers Suspension?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IDecember 12, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 10:  Brandon Jacobs #45 of the San Francisco 49ers gets pushed out of bounds after a twenty two yard gain by Jamarca Sanford #33 of the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter during an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park on August 10, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 17-6. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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So, Brandon Jacobs apparently had a plan.

He had spent most of the 2012 season either injured or on the bench for the San Francisco 49ers.

Jacobs had made it very clear that he was fed up and tired of his limited role on the team, and voiced his opinion through Instagram.

“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners. This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.

According to different sources, Jacobs was attempting to get released with hopes of returning to the New York Giants, the team he had spent seven seasons with and won two Super Bowls with.

If that was in fact Jacobs plan, it backfired on him, as 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to suspend the 30-year-old running back for the remaining three games of the season, citing conduct detrimental to the team.

In two games played, Jacobs has five attempts for seven yards and no touchdowns.

It's very surprising that San Francisco made no attempt to use Jacobs in the offense, even with him on the downside of his career.

Even in Jacobs last season with the Giants back in 2011, he still had 571 yards and seven touchdowns and proved he could be somewhat useful on the team.

So for him to be this nonexistent in the offense really makes me wonder why the 49ers even signed him to begin with.

And with the Giants injuries depleting their running back depth, they might have been able to use Jacobs.

Andre Brown broke his fibula in the game almost three weeks ago against the Green Bay Packers, an injury that ended his impressive season.

Before the injury, Brown had 385 yards and eight touchdowns in his breakout season for Big Blue.

Ahmad Bradshaw is also suffering from a sprained knee and his status for the game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons is unknown.

The Giants did sign Kregg Lumpkin and Ryan Torain as depth, but they have yet to be major factors for the team, which leaves rookie David Wilson as the only back left.

Wilson did have a terrific game against the New Orleans Saints, but asking him to be the every down back is asking a lot from the Giants.

And I think that's where Jacobs could have been useful.

Sure, his act was getting old with the team and a lot of us fans were tired of hearing Jacobs grumble and complain while on the team.

However, he knew the offense. He knew the team. And he knew the playbook.

He was well rested and could have tried to be that goal-line bruising power back that he once was with the Giants.

But unfortunately, he didn't exactly act professional in his displeasure of his role in San Francisco.

Honestly, I think if he had went to Harbaugh privately and asked for a release, he may have gotten it. And he could have attempted to negotiate to come back and play for the Giants.

That was before he got a hold of Instagram and burned his bridge with his current employers.

Now, we'll never know if Jacobs could have actually helped his old team.

Just another one of those "what ifs."