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Jim Harbaugh responds to Brandon Jacobs, who says he’ll get him fired

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Jacobs says Harbaugh “didn’t know what he was doing” when he coached the 49ers.

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs played for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh when both were with the 49ers in 2012. Jacobs does not seem to like Harbaugh much.

Jacobs joined Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney last week for an interview on their radio show. Here’s a partial transcript, after Tierney egged him on a little:

I had a lot of respect for Jim when I was there, before I got to know him. I enjoyed my time there, but we didn’t see eye-to-eye. I knew a little bit more about football than what they let on, to me, because that’s how I was taught. Going into somewhere where they don’t have a route conversion in certain coverages was just absurd. They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed.

I mean, 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.

The audio’s in here:

Harbaugh responded in Harbaugh fashion.

And in a tweet that’s since been deleted, Jacobs wrote: “Love the support but stop the super bowl talk. I will expose him, Michigan will fire him when I am done.”

The 2012 Niners team, with Harbaugh coaching, made the Super Bowl and lost to the Ravens. Jacobs appeared in two games and had five runs for 7 yards. He was hobbled by an injury at the start of the year and barely played once he was healthier. He’d previously won two Super Bowls with the Giants, also Barber’s longtime team.

Jacobs’ last year in the NFL was 2013, when he appeared with the Giants again. The Southern Illinois product was a power back who ran for 60 touchdowns in nine pro seasons.