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Some of you have written in criticizing Brandon Jacobs the person. If you want to criticize the player, fine. But you don’t know him as a person and neither do I. Some are leaping to conclusions he was lazy, a problem in the locker room, a bad guy. How do you know? I keep an open mind until someone shows me he did something dreadful. Tweeting is not dreadful although I can understand how what he wrote would irritate Harbaugh. I won’t miss Jacobs, but I do not assume he is a bad person. I assume the situation did not work out for both parties. Period.

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  1. Dennis

    Exactly! My guess is that someone might have said or asked something about his tweeting and Jacobs came uncorked. They are probably paying him if he keeps his mouth shut with the promise to release him after the season is over.

    December 10th, 2012 3:54 pm

  2. Dennis

    I would also add that I don’t blame Jacobs. You want competitive people on your team and he is one of them. With his running style he has had to fight for every yard so he is used to fighting for what he wants.

    I think Alex would be starting if he was a little more of a fighter, a competitor.

    December 10th, 2012 4:02 pm

  3. c. nova

    Wow, Lowell as the voice of reason and restraint. Lack of facts often is no reason for you to hold back, but I’m impressed with your new found wisdom. I take it the Cohn Zone will now be a “leaping to conclusions” free zone going forward. Well done Sir!

    December 10th, 2012 4:15 pm

  4. CohnZohn

    c. nova, I’m glad you approve of my wisdom. I have it from time to time. Best for the holidays.

    December 10th, 2012 4:19 pm

  5. StevenG

    I think Jacobs made the mistake of tweeting publicly his displeasure about his lack of individual playing time. He’s a competitor, so I understand it, but it’s a me-first attitude that Harbaugh doesn’t appreciate. Didn’t you see Saved by the Bell?

    Also, is there any reason to believe the Niners would reinstate Jacobs for the playoffs?

    December 10th, 2012 4:47 pm

  6. CohnZohn

    StevenG, If they need him for the playoffs they could reinstate him.

    December 10th, 2012 4:55 pm

  7. Loneraider78

    He was going to be a problem from the start. He was carrying half of the workload in NY and he signed here, probably thinking he’d be next in line behind Gore. Well, they also have Hunter, James and Dixon. You’ve pretty much covered all your RB needs right there. Where does he fit in? He’s past his prime and they shouldn’t have signed him. So now he’s frustrated, probably feeling like he made a bad choice to go there, and he’s popping off. Oh well. Release him.

    December 10th, 2012 6:33 pm

  8. lameduck

    The heir apparent to Tiki Barber …
    But he got hurt.
    Came to the Niners…
    But he got hurt.

    Getting hurt really sucks, but how you come back or recover defines you.

    December 10th, 2012 6:41 pm

  9. Tiburon Dave

    SI is reporting Jacobs was suspended without pay because of his posts on social media.

    That doesn’t even pass the laugh test on the collective bargaining agreement.

    Coach Harbaugh is way too deep in the bunker…

    December 10th, 2012 6:56 pm

  10. CohnZohn

    Tiburon Dave, This is sad. I wonder why they could not find a way to handle this in-house.

    December 10th, 2012 7:01 pm

  11. Tiburon Dave

    A wise chief executive always has at least one person around to tell him/her when they’re holding on too tight…

    Bill Walsh always had John Mcvay {sp?] around to tell Walsh when he was getting too nutty…

    Eddie D had Carmen…

    Even Al Davis had Amy…

    It appears to me that Coach Harbaugh is not a wise enough leader to have such a person…and he’s giving in to his paranoid nature…

    It doesn’t bode well…

    December 10th, 2012 7:13 pm

  12. CohnZohn

    Tiburon Dave, This is an interesting insight.

    December 10th, 2012 8:04 pm

  13. chris

    totally agree with Tiburon Dave……..everyone in the 49er organization kisses up to Harbaugh, and he knows it……so his control freak personality will bite him in the rear from time to time, and bring down the Niners with him.

    December 10th, 2012 8:45 pm

  14. Mike

    Really guys? Jacobs says he “hates” being a 49er and we are blaming this on Harbaugh. Huh? This is the same behavior that ran Jacobs out of New York. He constantly companied about his use and playing time. I personally can never support a player that “hates” being on our favorite team.

    December 10th, 2012 9:41 pm

  15. tara

    Mmm, I get that jacobs is mad that he’s not playing much, but he was active longer than james and dixon, and those 2 aren’t complaining….

    - think harbaugh was trying to find someone to replace hunter and decided to try jacobs and jacobs had 5 carries for 7 yards, which isn’t too great. So he tried james who had 8 carries for 30 yards, which is better.

    As for jacobs getting suspended, I think harbaugh didn’t like his me first mentality, and as a coach you want a players as a team.

    I can’t say why jacobs was signed, maybe harbaugh thought he would do better than 7 yards? I don’t know. So I can see why jacobs is mad, but I think he should have gone about it a different way, try showing through practice he can do better, that the 7 yards was just a bad day…

    But from what it seems is that jacobs doesn’t care about the niners and I don’t think any coach wants a player who doesn’t care for the team…

    December 10th, 2012 9:46 pm

  16. K.G.

    @Tiburon Dave…

    +1…..I also agree with you.

    December 11th, 2012 12:21 am

  17. Dennis

    Tiburon Dave, I completely disagree with your assessment of the situation. This isn’t Harbaugh’s problem. This is his job. The one thing I know about cancer is if you find it you get rid of it as quickly as possible.

    December 11th, 2012 7:40 am

  18. Dan

    This is the second year in a row that an off season veteran pickup is released and or suspended (basically the same thing in this case) during the season…..will this hurt chances of signing free agents going forward?

    December 11th, 2012 8:40 am

  19. CohnZohn

    Dan, You ask a good question. I wonder if free agents will be inclined to sign with the Niners after they see what happened to Edwards and Jacobs.

    December 11th, 2012 9:06 am

  20. Bray

    While I agree somewhat that each executive needs a no nonsense right hand man, I don’t think that analogy has anything to do with this situation.

    Brandon is not that good of a player anymore, was a one trick pony anyway, was injured for a long time, didn’t rehab as agressively as the team would have liked, bitched and moaned about playing time publicly, disregarded the priviledge of being on the NFL team, all of these things are negatives that finally wore thin on the team. It would have bit Harbaugh if he DIDN’T suspend him. This way reinforces the Harbaugh mantra, team, team, team.

    December 11th, 2012 9:13 am

  21. Bray

    Edwards and Jacobs were both thought of across the board as ‘problem childs’ to begin with, poor attitudes with a history of under performing. Any player who has some level of self respect wouldn’t let these 2 examples affect their decision. Let’s look at what the ‘team’ has accomlished as a barometer of if FA would like to come and play in SF instead of 2 bad apples, that JH didn’t let rot the rest of the barrel.

    December 11th, 2012 9:19 am

  22. JB

    The signings of Jacobs and Edwards were “luxury” signings. Moderately priced veterans past their prime. They have a chance to contribute and provide depth, but sign with the understanding that this is the case. If the signing doesn’t work out nothing is lost.

    Case in point: Edwards just got cut by Seattle after being a non-producer for them. Sometimes veteran players don’t know when they don’t have it anymore. In Jacobs case, he’s always valued himself much higher than his employer.

    December 11th, 2012 9:20 am

  23. Tiburon Dave

    Happy Holidays Dennis! I hope you and the family are well…

    Cancer? Really? They loved him in New York. He just can’t play anymore. For that reason he should have been released weeks ago…why wasn’t he? That’s a question that needs an answer…

    By his own words Coach Harbaugh views his profession as war and as such groups us all into FRIENDS and ENEMIES.

    I’ve known guys like Coach Harbaugh and they’re all just a little bit nutty…left to their own devices the FRIENDS list gets shorter and the ENEMIES list gets a whole lot longer every day…

    So…by virtue of an inoffensive tweet…Jacobs has made the ENEMIES list…ENEMIES need to be punished! I know…suspend him without pay…that’ll show him!!!

    Except when Coach Harbaugh was asked about it in public…he had cause for pause and he weaseled out with his ridiculous SELF INCRIMINATION statement…even he knows this is a little nutty…

    I submit it won’t be too long before Coach Harbaugh is assembling his command staff in the ward room at 0300 hours so he can interrogate them and find out who had the extra helping of cherry dessert…

    December 11th, 2012 10:41 am

  24. moto

    whether Jacobs can still contribute as a player should be set aside — he has a legitimate grievance to see his contract honored. why shouldn’t a professional competitor want to be practicing that profession, and that’s what was behind the statements that got him suspended. the yorkists aren’t imposing a corrective measure in the form of a fine, but essentially terminating him without paying their bill.

    December 11th, 2012 11:21 am

  25. Dennis

    Happy Holidays to you and your family Tiburon Dave! I wish you all the very best there is in life. I and my family are doing well and thank you for your good wishes.

    I agree they loved him in New York. But this deal went sideways and when things go sideways people with the best of intentions can act decidedly different.

    Lowell didn’t like the cancer analogy so pick something else that describes the situation here. He wasn’t happy, he kept ratcheting this fact up and pretty soon someone has to deal with it before all this maliciousness infects the rest of the team.

    December 11th, 2012 4:09 pm

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