Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent most of his career with the New York Giants, but he spent one season (2012) in San Francisco. It didn’t go well.
Jacobs had five carries for seven yards in two games. That’s it. He rushed for 36 touchdowns in his previous four seasons combined, but Jim Harbaugh kept him on the bench in San Francisco.
“Jim, I had a lot of respect for Jim when I was there – before I got to know him,” Jacobs said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I enjoyed my time there, but we didn’t see eye-to-eye. I knew a little bit more about football than what they led on.”
In 2012, the Niners went 11-4-1 and reached the Super Bowl. Jacobs, however, said Harbaugh had little to do with it.
“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” said Jacobs, who played nine NFL seasons. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won. Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man.