Former 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs spoke with Mike Garafolo recently, and he provided some insight into his own through process about the team, his original signing and the upcoming Super Bowl. The last time Jacobs spoke with USA Today he expressed frustration with things, and that was followed by a reported clearing of the air with Jim Harbaugh.
In the interview, Jacobs did say he was rooting for the 49ers next Sunday:
"My emotions are I want the 49ers to win the game," Jacobs said. "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."
He did not think he was being detrimental to the team, but rather was frustrated with his role based on certain promises he says he received when he was talking to the 49ers in the offseason. Jacobs claims he was promised 12 carries a game when he first spoke with the 49ers. He also says he would have been happy with half that amount.
Since we weren't in the room when the interview happened, we can't say we know anything for certain. However, looking at the recent running back stats and how the 49ers adjust their offense from game to game, consider me skeptical about this promise.
Last season, if you factor in every single carry by every single player on the roster (and that includes a bad punt snap giving Andy Lee a carry for -18 yards), the 49ers averaged just over 31 carries a game. Frank Gore rushed 17 times a game and Kendall Hunter rushed 7 times per game.
This past regular season, the 49ers rushed just under 31 times per game. Gore averaged just over 16 times a game and Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James rushed just over 6 times per game.
Given that the 49ers were bringing back Kendall Hunter, and most indications were that Jacobs would be more of a short yardage back, 12 carries seems like a lot to promise. And I just don't see Jim Harbaugh being the kind to make specific promises to a player. Of course, not being in the room, maybe he'll do whatever is necessary to get the player signed, I don't know. It does sound like Jacobs beef is more with Harbaugh than Trent Baalke:
"If I had to do it again, I would ask more questions, find out more about Coach Harbaugh, things like that. (General manager) Trent Baalke is a real cool guy. I've got a lot of respect for him and I'm happy for him with the team going to the Super Bowl."
It's all in the past at this point, but I find it interesting nonetheless given the turmoil of the short-lived Brandon Jacobs era.