Jacobs, Harbaugh meet, iron out differences

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Jacobs, Harbaugh meet, iron out differences

SANTA CLARA -- Veteran running back Brandon Jacobs, who is admittedly frustrated with his lack of contributions through five games, has cleared the air with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, he said."I spoke to coach Harbaugh a couple times in the last couple days," Jacobs said Thursday. "We ironed it out. We got it done."I understand where coach is coming from, and coach understands me from him playing football and understanding the athlete and the competitive nature of wanting to get out and play to help the team win, not only that against his former team. In this case, his former team is not important. What's important is for us in the long run."Jacobs said he has been healthy enough to play for a couple weeks after sustaining a left knee sprain on Aug. 18. But he told reporters on Thursday that the 49ers are wisely being cautious. The 49ers play the New York Giants on Sunday at Candlestick Park. Jacobs played his first seven NFL seasons with the Giants.REWIND: Jacobs' frustration grows with inactivity
"I'm going to take the opportunity they're giving me to get myself 100 percent where I can help this team," he said, "And (that's) when the team gets deep down into the season, into December, January and into February."Jacobs expressed frustration in comments he made Wednesday to USA Today, intimating that the 49ers' plan for him had not been communicated."Oh, very," Jacobs told the newspaper. "Because I don't know anything. I don't know what's what. But I'm hanging in there, I'm working every day, doing what I have to do. Let's say I'm just working and doing what I have to do and that's that."I've learned over the years when you open your mouth and say certain things, it hurts you, so I'm just going to shut up and keep working."On Thursday, Jacobs said he does not need to know his role. When he returns to action, he is likely to be the team's No. 3 running back behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. With 56 regular-season touchdowns in his previous seven seasons, Jacobs might also be used as a short-yardage back."As a running back in the NFL, you don't need to know what your role is," Jacobs said. "You're sitting in meetings like everybody else. Whatever opportunity presents itself, that's what you take, and make your coaches right. You go out and run what they want you to run and you make them right by putting you in there."

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."