After weeks and weeks of complaining on social-media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, head coach Jim Harbaugh finally sent running back Brandon Jacobs home for the final three games of the season. Even though no comment was made, it's safe to say the labeling of the suspension would be "conduct detrimental to the team."
Which makes sense considering Jacobs has been lashing out at the 49ers organization because of a lack of playing time. The two-time Super Bowl champion only logged 10 snaps for San Francisco and carried the ball five times for seven yards. Not earth-shattering numbers by any means, so it's easy to see why suspending him was no big deal for Harbaugh.
It originally appeared as if Jacobs was going to have a large role in the offense. During the club's first preseason game, he rushed the ball four times for 31 yards (7.8 yards per carry.) The following game wasn't as kind. He left midway through the contest with a knee injury and didn't see the field again until Week 12 of the regular season.
Jacobs knee didn't take that long to heal, but Harbaugh was satisfied with his rotation and didn't have any need for him before Week 12. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon and Bruce Miller were the four active running backs week in and week out. The only time the 49ers decided they needed Jacobs was after Hunter was placed on injured reserve.
Moreover, his brief stint on the field was gone before you knew it. The week that led up to the Niners' game against the Dolphins marked the point where all hell broke lose on Twitter and Instagram. Here is a tweet Jacobs sent out on December 8th.
After getting into hot water, Jacobs has since changed his Instagram handle to Speed2727—before it was Speed4527. I was never able to see the original post because his account on Instagram is indeed private, but according to Hank Gola of the New York Daily News, he posted this message on Saturday:
“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.
Apparently, Jacobs thought a message like that captioned under a picture of him with his two Super Bowl rings would get him cut, so he could clear waivers and then sign with his former club the New York Giants. There's no word as to if the Giants would have even been interested, yet I'm sure his agent would have made the call to gauge their interest.
.@49ers announce they have suspended RB Brandon Jacobs for the rest of the regular season.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 10, 2012
Unfortunately for him, his plan backfired. And it cost him three weeks without pay and the opportunity to play for someone else. Coach Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke may not have commented or taken shots at Jacobs through the media, but they managed to hurt him in the worse way.
By suspending him, it means he is stuck on the 49ers' roster until they say so. No game check and no opportunity to head back to the east coast has to be killing him right about know. But just as Braylon Edwards learned last year, Harbaugh doesn't stand for a locker room cancer.
Report:Brandon Jacobs to file grievance against 49ers wp.me/p14QSB-6CiM— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 11, 2012
As you can see the passing down of the suspension didn't sit too well with Mr. Jacobs. The grievance would be aimed at securing his reinstatement, receiving his pay or getting released by the 49ers. Bottom line is Jacob wants the $167,000 he is owed over the final three games of the season. He knows his odds of ever suiting up for the 49ers again are slim to none.
Given the fact Jacobs signed a one-year deal all but seals his fate in the Bay Area. In terms of playing in the NFL again, which head coach wants to sign a 30-year old running back that takes to social media to bash his current employer?
As far as I'm concerned, if the Giants don't want him, his career in the NFL is over. As they always say, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Maybe if Jacobs would have restructured his deal down to a reasonable amount, he could still be in New York without all the additional drama.
Sometimes it's better to suck it up and keep your mouth shut for the sake of your livelihood.
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