Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs made some interesting comments recently about Jim Harbaugh on CBS Radio. As you may remember, Jacobs briefly played for the 49ers in 2012, the season they went to the Super Bowl. Here’s what Jacobs said:
“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd. They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won. Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man.”
Jacobs is correct that Harbaugh’s offense did not have “route conversions” or “sight adjustments,” as most NFL offenses do. Harbaugh wanted to keep his passing game simple for a couple reasons:
- To avoid interceptions.
- To allow a limited passer like Colin Kaepernick to function.
Jacobs also is correct that the 49ers won because they had “size and strength” and “great assistant coaches,” such as Vic Fangio, Ed Donatell and Mike Solari.
But, Jacobs sounds moronic and vindictive when he says Harbaugh “knew nothing.” Harbaugh’s winning percentage since 2010 is .745 — roughly three wins every four games. Harbaugh clearly knows something. And he continues to win at Michigan even without Fangio, Donatell or Solari.
Jacobs probably should have kept his mouth shut.
What do you think of Jacobs’ comments?