I am troubled about Brandon Jacobs, troubled how the Niners squashed him, troubled about the quotes I read from Ray McDonald today. When asked about Jacobs, he seemed afraid to answer. I could be reading into it. I wasn’t there.
I’m troubled that readers and journalists take management’s side so readily, dismiss Jacobs so easily. I grew up in the 60s. I am leary of authority, don’t automatically accept authority’s word as gospel. I always have been that way.
Readers portray Jacobs as a bad guy. I read he was a “cancer” in the locker room. People never should use the cancer metaphor to refer to behavior. Cancer is way too serious.
I don’t know Jacobs — he was a bit player in the Niners drama. But I never heard he was a bad guy. So, he tweeted or whatever he did. He didn’t choke the coach. He didn’t call him a bad name. He expressed frustration for not playing.
This was a bad situation which the 49ers created. Baalke signed the guy. Baalke has some responsibility for this not working out. And so does Harbaugh.
I believe there were middle grounds short of what the Niners did to Jacobs. If Harbaugh didn’t like the tweets, he could have told Jacobs to cease and desist, spoken to him grown up to grown up. Maybe Harbaugh did, but he hasn’t said so. He could have fined Jacobs.
I’m saying there were intermediate levels. But Harbaugh and Baalke went to an immediate death sentence. Are they so sure they are correct?
People who wield a heavy hammer frighten me. I try to see the other person’s point of view — I’m not always successful, but I try. In my personal relationships, I try to find compromise and common ground. I rarely invoke the death sentence.
Was it so necessary here?
It troubles me that Baalke and Harbaugh found it so easy to destroy Jacobs.