The 49ers had already suspended disgruntled running back Brandon Jacobs, now they’re in the process of erasing him from the record.
They’ve already given his locker to just-signed linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, taking away a reminder that he was ever there.
As you might expect, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh tried to not talk about it much. Asked if the suspension was for conduct detrimental to the team, Harbaugh replied.
“Uh, Yes, . . . well, let me stay away from categorizing it,” Harbaugh said, via CSNBayArea.com. ”The league has a process when you suspend a player that there’s a process that you go through. So you’re really not in a position to be talking about that.”
Others, who aren’t as concerned with perpetuating a bunch of jive turkey gobble, admitted what was obvious when Jacobs began griping about the team on social media sites.
“From the coaching standpoint, they don’t want any distractions on the team. He was being a distraction, they felt he was being a distraction, so they felt they needed to do something about it,” defensive lineman Ray McDonald said. “I guess, if he’s not about the team. And the coaches feel that he’s not trying to help the team. They made the right decision.”
When you’re 9-3-1 and heading to the playoffs, disgruntled non-contributors aren’t going to get the benefit of the doubt from too many teammates, or any coaches.