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


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

Running back Brandon Jacobs responded on Twitter to a question posed to him, LaMichael James and A.J. Jenkins.Why aren't y'all suiting up?Jacobs, who later deleted his answer, replied on behalf of himself and James, "Because we are not good enough."It's highly doubtful either Jacobs or James believes he is not good enough to be playing for the 49ers right now. On Twitter, it's impossible to identify the tone in which an answer is delivered.But the fact is, that's how the 49ers' coaching staff feels ... right now.
The 49ers can suit up only 46 players for games. And neither Jacobs nor James has gotten on the field for one snap in the first eight games of the season. Jacobs has been healthy enough to play for the past five games.Clearly, Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter have established themselves as the 49ers' Nos. 1 and 2 running backs. The third running back typically is a player who must also be a core special-teams players. The third running back is Anthony Dixon, and he fills that role.So based on the actions of the 49ers' coaching staff, Jacobs and James are not good enough to have roles on game days.An oft-asked question is, "Why did the 49ers sign Jacobs and draft James if that's the case?"When the 49ers signed veterans Jacobs and Randy Moss, there were no guarantees either would make the team's 53-man roster. Those spots had to be won. There was never a doubt with Moss. He established himself during the offseason program as one of the team's better wide receivers, as well as a valuable ingredient to the team's chemistry off the field.Jacobs earned his spot as one of the 53 best players, too. After he sustained a knee injury in the second exhibition game, coach Jim Harbaugh said he had seen enough to know what Jacobs can offer the team.The 49ers' new-look roster was filled during the offseason, but Mario Manningham is the only acquisition to earn a starting job. Therefore, everybody else the team added was brought in for depth.Such players as quarterback Josh Johnson and running backspecial-teamer Rock Cartwright could not even make the squad.Jacobs has been told that there will be a time when he's an important part of the team. But, more than likely, that moment will only occur if there's an injury that forces him into the lineup.And that's why the 49ers have not considered parting ways with Jacobs. As a vested veteran, he will receive his 1.575 million salary from the 49ers regardless. Presumably, Jacobs could step into the lineup as the No. 2 back, and the 49ers' offense could just keep on moving.James is depth. Jenkins is depth. The 49ers' top two draft picks are not even suiting up for games. Maybe those players will never be contributors. Or maybe they'll end up being good players by the time their initial four-year contracts expire.All that means right now is that the 49ers believe they have better players ahead of them on the roster.
It's a good thing for the 49ers that there are a higher quality of players who have not earned the right to suit up. That's what depth is all about.

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent


Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
In the meantime, there is beer.

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys


Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 on Sunday:

1. A major step backward
So much for the 49ers’ somewhat-impressive streak of close losses.

There was nothing encouraging about what transpired in the 49ers' worst loss at Levi’s Stadium. It was also the franchise's worst home loss since Mike Singletary's team absorbed a 45-10 thumping against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 11, 2009.

Was there anything positive to take from this game?

“No, not right now,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It was disappointing. I think all three phases, players and coaches, we’ve got to play better than that, a lot better to give ourselves a chance to win.”

The competitive nature of the 49ers’ past five games was one thing. But with a big home loss on such an emotional day, it is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. The 49ers looked like a team devoid of any leadership, and brings more scrutiny onto the organization’s decision last week to release linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Now, the 49ers face a crossroads. With another cross-country trip ahead, the 49ers have to regroup in a hurry in order to avoid another embarrassing blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles.

2. Beathard’s first start
Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard certainly was not the reason the 49ers got blown out. In his first NFL start, he showed a lot of toughness, which was to be expected. He was sacked five times. But most of those sacks could have been avoided. He has to get rid of the ball quicker, especially on three-step drops.

Beathard also showed some promise, too. He let the ball fly deep for Marquise Goodwin, who caught four passes for 80 yards. Beathard completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards.

Beathard accounted for the 49ers’ only touchdown with a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. There seems to be little doubt it was in the best interest of the organization to begin evaluating what it has for the future with the permanent switch from Brian Hoyer to Beathard.

3. Dwight Clark’s Day
The 49ers, of course, did nothing to evoke any memories of the great teams on which Dwight Clark played. Well, they did look a lot like Clark’s first team with the 49ers.

The 49ers of 1979 lost their first seven games of the season. This year’s team matched that start for the worst beginning to a season in franchise history.

More than 35 of Clark’s teammates off the 1981 Super Bowl team were in attendance to honor a pay tribute to Clark, who is battling ALS. Now in a wheelchair and considerably lighter, Clark delivered some poignant remarks at halftime.

Clark, 60, told his old teammate, Keena Turner, who works as vice president of football affairs, that all he wanted was to see some of his old teammates.

“And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in, so I could see them one more time,” Clark said.