Brandon Jacobs officially retired from the NFL a few weeks ago, but he’s still keeping his name in the headlines by making controversial remarks about his head coach with the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh.
According to the staff of CBS New York, the former New York Giants running back appeared on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 24 and took shots at Harbaugh, stating: “He is a bitch, and that's why he's never won anything.”
Throughout the interview, Jacobs continually referred to the third-year head coach using that obscenity, mentioning that he felt like he was “held hostage” and not “liked” during his tumultuous stint in San Francisco.
Harbaugh recently lost the NFC Championship to the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks, the second time he’s lost in the conference title match in three years—with the first defeat coming against Jacobs' Giants in 2011. The 49ers managed to get through the NFC last year, but faltered to John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
Jacobs dismissed Harbaugh's resume by bringing up the two Super Bowl rings he won with the Giants (2007, 2011) and said that the head coach will never win anything.
He went on to mention that his only regret during his NFL career was the decision to defect from Big Blue to the Niners in the 2012 offseason:
“I have one regret in my career, and that’s going to the 49ers when I could have stayed in New York. I just wanted to see what stuff was like with another team and it didn’t work out.”
Jacobs participated in just two games before being sidelined due to injury. He was eventually suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team” stemming from social media antics during his tenure in the Bay Area. All in all, Jacobs ran the ball five times for seven yards, failing to crack the running back rotation and was a non-factor before his release.
He was cut ahead of the squad’s Super Bowl run last year, but wasn’t bitter about it at the time, as per USA Today’s Mike Garafolo:
"I don't have any regrets about not being there whatsoever. I don't feel like I should've done things differently. I don't feel anything else. I'm a hundred percent happy where I am."
Jacobs did get a chance to return to the NFL this year after his failed stint with the Niners. The 6’4”, 264-pound running back re-signed with the G-Men after the team suffered a rash of injuries and inconsistent play at the position. Jacobs performed well in limited action, appearing in seven games and rushing for 238 yards and four scores on 58 carries.
The 31-year-old had his best performance against the Chicago Bears’ league-worst rushing defense in Week 6, rumbling through a weak front for 106 yards and two scores on 22 carries. The Giants finished with just seven wins in 2013, missing the postseason for the second straight season.
Harbaugh’s 49ers won 12 regular season games and two playoff contests before succumbing to the Seahawks. He is now 36-11-1 over the first three seasons of his NFL career with a 5-3 postseason record.