49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the media on Monday, and as expected, he got a few questions about Brandon Jacobs. It is not secret that Brandon Jacobs has been dissatisfied with his lack of playing time this season. This past week he got into it with some people on Twitter and Instagram after posting some pictures of his days with the Giants. It culminated with this tweet:
I don't understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I ... tmi.me/BYF75— Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) December 8, 2012
Coach Harbaugh was asked about Jacobs comments this weekend, and he declined to comment. He was asked about whether or not Jacobs was still part of the team and he once again declined to comment, including a reference to taking the Fifth. He simply chose not to comment on any questions related to Brandon Jacobs.
I have been pondering what to make of this situation as far as Jacobs' "rest of season" future is concerned. In light of the numerous injuries, the 49ers could very well use the extra roster spot, particularly on special teams. And yet, Brandon Jacobs remains a member of the team.
I suppose he could be released tomorrow and that would be the end of it. However, is it possible the team is hanging on to him in part because they do not want to cut him loose with knowledge of the 49ers playbook so he could then return to the Giants, or maybe go north to the Packers given their respective running back injuries?
I realize this could be a wild stab in the dark, but given the competitive nature of Harbaalke, couldn't you make a possible argument that he is sticking around because of that? The argument against that is the team could reasonably tell him he will be inactive the rest of the season and just be done with it from the get-go.
There is nothing to plow on the discussion of whether or not Brandon Jacobs is happy. That's fairly obvious. Add in LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon's performances on Sunday, and the reasons for keeping Brandon Jacobs around seem to be decreasing by the day.
Will he be on the roster by the end of the week?