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Brandon Jacobs takes parting shot at Giants

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49ers running back Brandon Jacobs has developed a habit of saying things he shouldn’t, quickly realizing it, and then trying to smooth it over.  (Psychologists refer to it as the “stay cute and shut up” phenomenon.)

He did it last week, lobbying for goal-line duties over new teammate Frank Gore before deferring to the team’s No. 1 tailback.

In a recent appearance on KNBR in San Francisco, Jacobs addressed the question of whether he can still go north-south in a short-yardage situation.  (It’s a good question because, recently, he hasn’t.)

“You gotta have the attitude to do it, and also you gotta have the offensive linemen in front of the back to be able to get it done,” Jacobs said, via  “I think the 49ers have what it takes to be able to get that yard.  No one’s perfect — somebody’s gonna get a step on you at some point somewhere and you’re not gonna be perfect.  Because we had issues. When I was with the Giants, we had issues down the line.  Of course I took the blame for those [because I was] holding the ball.”

And then, in apparently the same breath, Jacobs backtracks.

“But ultimately, at the end of the day it is my fault because I do have the ball and that’s what people see,” Jacobs said.  “But there’s a lot more than that going on.  But like I said, I think the 49ers definitely got what it takes to be able to get that one yard.  I think they had the highest percentage in the league all of last year with those conversions.”

While blocking has something to do with the ability of most running backs not named Jim Brown or Barry Sanders to get yardage, Jacobs widely has been viewed as a guy who no longer uses his size the way he once did.  And so even though he quickly tried to put the toothpaste back in the tube, look for one or more Giants linemen to eventually respond.

Maybe they’ll simply tell him to “stay cute and shut up.”

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69 Responses to “Brandon Jacobs takes parting shot at Giants”
  1. cmb79 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:58 AM

    Stay classy, Brandon.

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 12, 2012 10:59 AM

    The Giants had so many issues down the line that they won the Super Bowl.

  3. cleverbob says: Apr 12, 2012 10:59 AM

    So why should Brandon Jacobs get millions of dollars to run the ball if it all falls on the linemen in front of him to get the job done?

  4. cmarsh64 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:00 AM

    Jacobs will just bring his fumbles to the Bay area and give the 9ers more headaches then he is worth. He still runs too high for someone his size and it will always be his down fall,he’s not Adrain Peterson and can’t even carry his Jock strap or a football.He would drop both trying to score.

  5. sicklife1 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:02 AM

    Yea, yea, yea. You knew Jacobs wouldn’t be able to leave without saying something negative. Whatever, he was a really good back for the Giants for 7 years & fun to watch. But last year he was noticeably slower & less explosive. Can’t wait until the Giants play the 49ers this year with him on the other side. Should be fun….

  6. nygiants2286 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    While I liked having Jacobs on the Giants last year, I have this sense of relief now that he’s gone

  7. clarkisgod says: Apr 12, 2012 11:12 AM

    If the 49ers already had the highest percentage on 1 yard plays, why on earth would they screw it up by giving Jacobs the ball?

  8. liamtristyn says: Apr 12, 2012 11:12 AM

    R u serious? BJ

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    He’ll never make me upset with him, no matter what he says. Thanks for the two rings Brandon. Good luck with the rest of your career.

  10. bass1717 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:18 AM

    Cant wait til he retires and just goes away…..such a tool

  11. situsavaisprier says: Apr 12, 2012 11:19 AM

    IMO this really isn’t a big deal. Now had he had said something like “Now I’m on a team with an o-line that can actually get that one yard”, then that would really be a parting shot. This is one where you would have to read a bit more to even get something out of it. All in all I don’t think much will come out of it because it wasn’t a big shot at the o-line.

  12. cletusvandam says: Apr 12, 2012 11:21 AM

    Like most of the 49ers offseason signings this one made little sense to me. This guy is a whiny loudmouth and he brings nothing to the field to make up for it.
    He is essentially the third or fourth RB on the roster, but doesn’t play special teams.

  13. 2dollarpbrs says: Apr 12, 2012 11:21 AM

    Why does anyone listen to a word this big dummy has to say??

  14. jbl429 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:24 AM

    Brandon Jacobs certainly hasn’t been effective running north-south the past few seasons, and he definitely has a problem running his mouth, but he’s also right here. The Giants O line was terrible this season, especially in run blocking. It hasn’t gone unnoticed as the Giants are clearly looking to retool their O line this offseason. Look for them to spend an early pick or 2 on OT now that they’ve addressed TE and LB in free agency.

  15. pdubs212 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    -Giants fan

  16. raiderinva says: Apr 12, 2012 11:29 AM

    I honestly believe that Walter Payton was the greatest running back to gain yards and not have a O-Line…..

  17. dohpey28 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:32 AM

    It wasn’t the lineman who stutter-stepped behind the line, or got arm tackled by 180 pound DBs.

  18. acdc363 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:35 AM

    Good riddance

  19. gameproper says: Apr 12, 2012 11:35 AM

    Michael Irvin “almost threw up” after hearing this.

  20. jakek2 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:37 AM

    Giants fan here. Jacobs is 100% right.

  21. bullcharger says: Apr 12, 2012 11:39 AM

    Is he crazy? His team won the Super Bowl and beat the 49ers on the way there. He has no idea what he is talking about.

  22. mikea311 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:41 AM

    he’s not saying anything us Giants haven’t known for the past two seasons.

  23. daknight93 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:41 AM


  24. frankrizzo51 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    Doesn’t his agent have access to some P.R. people?

    Or maybe a roll of duct tape?

  25. raiderapologist says: Apr 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    Jacobs is going to talk himself out of a job if he doesn’t shut up.

  26. kingraven75 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:44 AM

    Stay Classy Brandon!

    Yes the Giants did have some issues up and down the line. It seem to really impact them.

    Let me see if I can remember how they finished up the season.

    Oh yeah thats right THEY WON THE SUPER BOWL!

    Stay Classy Brandon

  27. nineroutsider says: Apr 12, 2012 11:44 AM

    Sometimes I wonder why I read this site. That’s it, that’s the parting shot…”we had issues down that line”. Giants fans can correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t that team 7-7 and couldn’t run the ball, even Bradshaw all season long? They went on a run and were the hot team that put it all together late, especially the running game.

    That’s quite a parting shot, what a controversy. I’m sure all of NY is fired up over this one. What a joke…

  28. cali49er707 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    here comes jacobs and all the shnit talking, note to bj we dont talk out here my man we just ball

  29. andyreidcarboload says: Apr 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    Brandon, do you realize how stupid you sound? Blaming the offensive line of a super bowl winning season? SF, enjoy the dancing queen.

  30. underrated49ers says: Apr 12, 2012 11:48 AM

    I think he’ll be cut in training camp. He’s not really an upgrade over Anthony Dixon and he doesn’t play special teams.

  31. sj39 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:48 AM

    Have fun going from a contender to a pretender.

  32. jdandcoke says: Apr 12, 2012 11:49 AM

    im not trying to defend jacobs here, but our o-line stunk for probably 80% of the regular season. jacobs does talk too much but the giants o-line had a very weak year last season.

  33. bigbluelou says: Apr 12, 2012 11:53 AM

    In his defense, the OL did have trouble opening holes as O’Hara and Seubert were gone and Baas did not perform as well and was injured alot. They played “musical chairs” with positions all season long. Even Petrus filled in. But Jacobs will always open his mouth. I guess he wants to get booed too at the ring of honor ceremony. (he does hold the Giant record of 56 rushing TD’s)

  34. hound32 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:53 AM

    how many times was he stopped short in short yardage situations ?

    humans have two ears & one mouth for a reason !

  35. blacknole08 says: Apr 12, 2012 12:00 PM

    How about play football and shut up. Teams don’t pay him to talk. Or toss helmets into crowds. Jacobs always has something to say about nothing.

  36. spearsnva says: Apr 12, 2012 12:01 PM

    Lets try, hum… big, dumb, ugly and used up..? A little closer to the truth.

  37. ImproperRedskin says: Apr 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    Glad he’s headed out west.

  38. londonlion81 says: Apr 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    Wow, Mr Tiptoe is at it again.

    I’m so happy Detroit didn’t sign this guy.

  39. patsfiend says: Apr 12, 2012 12:03 PM

    I can’t believe this guy has two rings.

  40. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 12, 2012 12:10 PM

    For having been an average back even at his peak, he sure does have a high opinion of himself (not to mention a big mouth to boot). Good to see him go to the west coast- won’t have to listen to him anymore.

  41. giantsfan2104 says: Apr 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    It’s time to shut up, big boy.

  42. mikeinsanfran says: Apr 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    Don’t worry guys. He is about to be coached by the most demanding hard nosed RB coach in the NFL: Tom Rathman. He will have him running through walls in no time.

  43. yournuts says: Apr 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    Gee whiz Brandon, after 2 super bowl rings with the Gmen! You blame them for your own failure’s as a running back, because you love going east to west instead of going north? What about your fumbles? Who is to blame for that? Eli?
    Good luck in San Francisco, were happy that you found a place to play! You should just keep your mouth shut because you always put your foot in it. I guarantee that niner fans will be happy to get rid of you soon, they will get tired of your excuses.

  44. buddybowl69 says: Apr 12, 2012 12:20 PM

    Don’t know about the ‘staying cute’ part, but he should definitely shut up.

  45. time2speakup says: Apr 12, 2012 12:24 PM

    Pretty quick and in a hurry, the Niners will begin putting in some serious workouts together on their own time (that was a key to 13-3), and when they do, they’ll begin “jawing” at each (another key to last season). And one of the first things I imagine will be said, “Brandon, be quiet, be cool and let’s just work. Leave the PR bit to our pro’s – OK.”

  46. reesesteel23 says: Apr 12, 2012 12:24 PM

    Is this guy really worth over-analyzing…..who cares what he says…

  47. marinephinfan says: Apr 12, 2012 12:27 PM

    What did he say that was “a parting shot”?

  48. fissels says: Apr 12, 2012 12:36 PM

    almost the end of his career

  49. bhindenemylines says: Apr 12, 2012 12:36 PM

    “I think the 49ers have what it takes to be able to get that yard.”

    Good to hear someone does, because obviously you don’t, Brandon.

    Never saw such a big RB so worthless in 1-2 yard territory.

  50. zaggs says: Apr 12, 2012 12:44 PM

    Sure the Giants offensive line this past season wasn’t stellar. But Jacobs shares fault with his performance. He takes a while to get up to speed. Hit him before that point and he goes down easily. Its after that point he is hard to bring down.

  51. goredskins11 says: Apr 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    I just can’t believe anyone in their right mind would bad mouth an offensive line that just put a ring on his finger. The Giants are better off without this kind of player.

  52. shea801 says: Apr 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    Nice story where no story was! The Giants line was horrific last year. Statistically they were one of the worst lines in the league. Manning made his name in stone by being SO good despite an abysmal offensive line. Jacobs wasn’t saying anything out of line (for once), he was just stating fact; offensive lines make or break a running game, especially short yardage situations where the box is stacked against the run.

    But don’t let common football sense get in the way of sensationalizing thin air…

  53. youdownwithjpp says: Apr 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    Make progress not excuses.

    I appreciate what Brandon did for the Giants, but (like many others have expressed) good riddance and good luck.

  54. chawk12thman says: Apr 12, 2012 1:14 PM

    He actually is slamming Frank Gore. He is saying that even though SF kicked more Field Goals than anyone last year, they have the better O-line and now that they have him, they will get the short yardage, when needed.

    As a Hawk Fan I have to say that I fear Gore more than Jacobs. Most folks would agree, I think.

  55. psuravens19 says: Apr 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    So glad the Ravens didn’t try and sign him. Most overrated back in NFL

  56. nyjalleffingday says: Apr 12, 2012 1:28 PM

    He’s right, but he still sucks and blaming your O-Line for your suck is alllways classy.

  57. 49erstim says: Apr 12, 2012 1:31 PM

    While I don’t believe what he said was incendiary, I do believe he shouldn’t have said anything at all about their O-Line. There is no value in dogging your former team that won you 2 SB rings. For once just bow out gracefully

  58. gmen1987 says: Apr 12, 2012 1:31 PM

    Jake Moss, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Brandon Jacobs. Enjoy all these prima donnas 49ers fans. Their all yours.

  59. moochzilla says: Apr 12, 2012 1:38 PM

    When did Brandon Jacobs become Dovovan McNabb?

    And why does the media kill Jacobs for doing it? When McNabb has thrown teammates and coaches under the bus in that exact same style for over a decade – and they call him “classy”?

    Maybe Jacobs just needs better PR.

  60. xtb3 says: Apr 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    Say what? Gore got stuffed from real short MORE times than Jacobs, Bradshaw and Ware were stopped from short COMBINED.

    Giants’ o-line basically has won 2 Super Bowls MORE than the 49er current o-line.

  61. bsreimer says: Apr 12, 2012 2:21 PM

    I would say it has more to do with him being another example of a football star who has little to no grasp on the English language.

  62. jclii says: Apr 12, 2012 2:36 PM

    This is one guy who I wish would really shut his mouth. Every time he speaks it is like a turd falling into my drink.

  63. xxsweepthelegxx says: Apr 12, 2012 2:44 PM

    Harbaugh, Crabtree, VDavis, RMoss and now BJacobs……..I can’t WAIT for those huddles/team meetings. Should be entertaining nonetheless.

  64. allmichiganteams says: Apr 12, 2012 2:56 PM

    Just another player who thinks hes not past his prime. He doesn’t want to believe that his career is almost over. Be classy don’t blame other people for your diminishing skills. It happens to everyone.

  65. raiderapologist says: Apr 12, 2012 8:12 PM

    cali49er707 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    here comes jacobs and all the shnit talking, note to bj we dont talk out here my man we just ball

    Look at that. The guy that hoses out the urinals thinks he’s part of the team.

  66. fasteddy415 says: Apr 13, 2012 2:22 AM

    Out here in the bay we dont over pay…Dont mind taking a flyer on a RB with 56 career TD for 150K for sure $$$..Dont work out simply cut the chord..but with Rathman coaching him he will do much better in 2012..Book it!

  67. fasteddy415 says: Apr 13, 2012 2:25 AM

    Out here in the bay we dont over pay…***correction..I forgot the Raiders are around…

  68. bubba9er says: Apr 13, 2012 2:23 PM

    mikeinsanfran says:
    Don’t worry guys. He is about to be coached by the most demanding hard nosed RB coach in the NFL: Tom Rathman. He will have him running through walls in no time.
    I really agree with this. He will either perform or get cut. Jim Harbaugh doesn’t care who you are or what you did when. The 9ers were hurting for WRs all year and he cut Braylon loose when he didn’t perform and try hard. If Brandon Jacobs plays twinkle toes in short yardage, he will find himself taking parting shots at the 9ers after he gets cut.

  69. rayday1980 says: Apr 16, 2012 2:11 AM

    So what…Jacobs u sucked anyway….studder on dat…ya big dummy…lls…nobody would have ever drafted u if it wasn’t for the Giants….

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