When running back Brandon Jacobs was signed by the San Francisco 49ers heading into the 2012 season, many fans felt that the team would have two big, bruising backs in Frank Gore and their new toy. However, Jacobs only played in two games in the 2012 season and only carried the ball five times for a total of seven yards. Jim Harbaugh didn't have much of a plan to take carries away from Gore and hand them over to Jacobs, and if he did, it went away when Jacobs began to complain about not being utilized.
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Late in the season, Jacobs went as far as to post several pictures of himself with the Giants on Instagram and said that he was wasting away with the 49ers.
"I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners," Jacobs wrote at the time. "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I'll tell you like I told plenty others. I don't understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do."
That was the final straw for Harbaugh, who suspended and eventually released Jacobs just before the playoffs. Since then, the Niners have gone on to their sixth Super Bowl berth while Jacobs has returned home to New Orleans without a job. Had he played along with the 49ers' plans and not complained, he would be given the chance to earn his second Super Bowl ring, but that's not going to be the case.
Still, Jacobs isn't unhappy about his situation. In fact, according to Gregg Rosenthal, he wouldn't change a single thing.
"My emotions are I want the 49ers to win the game," Jacobs told Mike Garafolo of USA Today on Thursday. "I don't have any regrets about not being there whatsoever. I don't feel like I should've done things differently. I don't feel anything else. I'm a hundred percent happy where I am."
As far as giving a reason for his actions during the 2012 season, Jacobs said he was told he would contribute to the team and when he wasn't given that chance, he snapped.
"Conduct detrimental to the team, to me, is bashing the team, getting in trouble, distracting the team, whatever. However, I don't think it was that bad," Jacobs said. "It came across being disrespectful or whatever it was. I didn't mean to disrespect anybody or hurt anybody's feelings. I didn't have any disrespect. I didn't mean to do any of that. I was told I would get some of the pie and I didn't. That kind of made me a little upset and made me snap."
Jacobs has said that he would like to play somewhere in 2013, but the Niners may have been his last, best chance at running the ball in the NFL. He spent seven seasons with the Giants, but his production curbed over the last few seasons in New York. Furthermore, his power-running style and size don't allow for a very long shelf life. Backs that run the way he has throughout his career don't typically last very long in the NFL.
There's likely a better than good chance that Jacobs doesn't find a home in 2013, and if he does, it may only come due to an injury. In the end, he may look back at the decisions he made in 2012 with a lot of regret, even if he doesn't feel that way now.
As for his involvement in the Super Bowl festivities, the only involvement he'll have is riding with the "Krewe of Hercules" in the parade in Houma, La., on Feb. 1.