Frustrated Jacobs never considered requesting trade


Frustrated Jacobs never considered requesting trade

SANTA CLARA -- Brandon Jacobs tweeted this month that he isn't suiting on up Sundays because he isn't good enough. It's unfamiliar territory for the two-time Super Bowl Champion.

REWIND: Jacobs just 'not good enough' ... right now

Jacobs carried the ball in excess of 145 times in each of his past five seasons with the New York Giants. The 30-year old signed a one-year, 1.579 million contract with the 49ers and is yet to play a single snap for his new team.

You can safely assume the lack of playing time did take some mental toll on the eight-year veteran.

"The first weeks of being healthy and practicing did (wear on me mentally)," Jacobs acknowledged. "But right now, at this point, I'm just coming out here and working hard and paying attention at meetings. I stay close to Coach Rathman and they make sure I take in all the information and take my mental reps, and that's all I can do."

The 2012 NFL trade deadline passed last Thursday without so much as a rumor that Jacobs was being shopped, and while Jacobs said he got a few calls about potential rumors, he had nothing to do with them.

While there are a number of NFL teams who would gladly employ his services -- and play him -- he didn't even contemplate the notion of requesting a trade from San Francisco.

"If you demand or request trades in this business," Jacobs explained, "you get murdered for it. I didn't even think about it. I didn't know if it was something they wanted to do or not. I didn't really care to think about it. A couple guys called me with rumors they heard, I just put it on the back burner and came to work every day."

With second-round draft pick LaMichael James in the fold, and both Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter signed through 2014, this could be Jacobs' last eight regular season games in San Francisco.

Wearing a large brace on his left knee, he insisted that his health isn't what is keeping him off the field.

"I feel really good right now," Jacobs said. "That's about all I can elaborate on, but I've been saying that for a while."

He's healthy enough, but is he "good enough" to factor into the running game? Without him, the 49ers rank first in the NFL, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 168.6 yards per game.

"You have to talk to Coach Harbaugh," Jacobs said when asked about his second-half participation plans. "I don't care to talk about that at all. You want to know anything about that, you have to talk to coach.

"Everything with me is positive."

The second half of the 2012 season will reveal Jacobs' impact on the 49ers' offensive scheme, and whether or not he'll be able to stay positive if it's none.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.