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Jacobs rips 49ers, fans on Twitter

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Jacobs rips 49ers, fans on Twitter

It only looks as if running back Brandon Jacobs misses being a member of the New York Giants.

What he misses most of all is being a contributing player in the NFL.

Over the past several days, Jacobs has posted pictures of himself while with the Giants -- much to the objection of some 49ers fans who follow him on Instagram. Jacobs, an eighth-year pro, played on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Giants.

Jacobs originally said he had not posted any photos while with the 49ers simply because he has not been in the picture since signing.

“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners." Jacobs wrote on Instagram in response to a fan.  "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”

Jacobs has since added several photos of himself with the 49ers.

On Saturday, Jacobs explained himself via his Twitter account:

"I don't understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I think people should be mad if I didn't wanna play, but I forgot the people that's pissed they don't have a athletic bone and their body. As for all of my Instagram photos I don't have any niner pics, if you'll find me some pics I'll put them up."

I spoke with Jacobs on Friday, and he reiterated his frustration with being an absolute non-factor in his first (and, safe to say, only) season with the 49ers.

Jacobs is getting paid a lot of money to do nothing.

The 49ers awarded Jacobs a $150,000 signing bonus after the Giants cut him. He gets paid $55,000 per game ($950,000 base salary) whether he suits up or not. And he gets paid another $12,500 in per-game roster bonuses when he suits up. Thus far, he has suited up for just three of the 49ers' first 12 games.

He carried four times for 6 yards last week in the 49ers' 16-13 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams. He picked up 3 yards on a third-and-1 play in the first quarter. The 49ers scored their only offensive touchdown on that drive.

There are no guarantees Jacobs will have much of a role on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, either.

The 49ers are expected to activate rookie running back LaMichael James, a second-round draft choice, for the first time this season. It's not known whether Jacobs will also be in uniform. Starting running back Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon, who has a key role on special teams, have been active for every game.

The 49ers are in the process of trying to figure out how to split up the carries after the season-ending injury backup running back Kendall Hunter.

"That's part of the game plan," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said "That's part of the scheme. We have some other backs that we feel confident in as well. But Frank is one of the best, if not the best back in the league. So he's going to run and he's feeling good. He had a good week at practice."

Last week, Gore carried a season-high 23 times for just 58 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' loss. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said on Thursday that Gore was overworked.

"Whatever back we have in there to complement Frank we feel good about," Roman said. "It's definitely something we don't want to overload Frank with over the length of a long season.

"(I) really believe we gave him a few too many plays last week. Whatever back we put in there, we feel really good about and anybody that's on the active roster could possibly play. LaMichael's a guy that's been working hard and it's very possible he could be playing this week."

And if James is active, it might be another week in which Jacobs is out of the picture.

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.

49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?

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49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?

Believe it or not, the 49ers’ offense is improved from last season.

The 49ers ranked 31st in the NFL in 2016, averaging 308.1 yards per game. Although the offense is producing just a little better (325.9 yards per game), their ranking this season has shot up to 21st in the league.

The 49ers have had a different head coach and different person running the offense in each of the past four seasons, so their continuity has been severely lacking.

Next season, the 49ers should finally have carryover from one season to the next.

The direction of the offense is one of the topics addressed on this edition of 49ers Mailbag (questions were submitted via Facebook):

Now that we have Jimmy G do you see 49ers getting an offensive coordinator or will it still be Kyle calling the plays? (Julio Orozco)
I'm not sure why the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo would have any impact on the 49ers’ offensive structure, but in any event, the answer is a resounding, “No.”

Kyle Shanahan has been hailed as one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL. The reason he was hired as 49ers head coach was, in large part, because of the success he achieved while designing offenses and calling plays.

Why would he give that up? It makes no sense.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN this week identified the 32 primary play-callers. There are 18 NFL head coaches with offensive backgrounds. Twelve of those coaches call their own plays.

Shanahan has a staff of assistant coaches on whom he leans. Passing game specialist Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello are closely involved in working with Shanahan on the passing game, while running game specialist Mike McDaniel, offensive line coach John Benton and running backs coach Bobby Turner spearhead the involvement in the ground game.

But, make no mistake, it is Shanahan who calls the shots. And that's the way it should be. If Shanahan stepped aside as his own offensive coordinator, he would be diminishing his biggest strength as a coach.

What do you see happing with the Hyde situation? We drafted Joe Williams and Breida seems to be a bright spot. There’s a lot of talk about Barkley from Penn State with that high 1st rounder. (Manny Hinojos)
There does not seem to be any movement toward a long-term extension for Hyde. It is getting to the point in the season where it makes a lot more sense for Hyde to play out his contract and hit the open market.

There is no question in my mind the 49ers like Hyde a lot. He has scored some major points with the organization for his performance on the field and how he has responded off the field.

GM John Lynch loved it when Hyde came to the defense of quarterback C.J. Beathard, tussled with Arizona lineman Frostee Rucker and got ejected from the game.

That said, the 49ers are not going to break the bank for Hyde. A multi-year agreement has to come at the right price. My personal feeling is that running backs are luxury pieces when the remainder of a team’s roster -- especially the offensive line -- is set.

Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, and Turner (the assistant coach who served on both of their staffs) have achieved a lot of success without investing heavily in running backs. That’s why I think the 49ers would be best-served by investing elsewhere and using another mid-round draft pick on a running back.

With Joshua Garnett coming back next season how aggressive will Lynch and Shanahan be in trying to get guards this offseason? (David Hartless)
Garnett is not a particularly good fit for this offensive scheme. The presence of Garnett can help increase the competition next offseason, but I do not believe he is being penciled in as a starter.

The 49ers will certainly be aggressive in an attempt to upgrade the guard positions. Currently, Laken Tomlinson and Brandon Fusco are the starters. Neither will be assured a starting job when the offseason begins.

The 49ers did not see enough from Garnett to determine he has a future with the organization, but he will be given the opportunity to come back healthy and prove himself.

Is Eric Reid in long-term plans? (Grant Rasmussen)
I do not believe so. I think the 49ers would like their starting safeties next season to be Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt – with Adrian Colbert as the front-runner for the No. 3 job.

The 49ers can also be expected to add a player or two in free agency, as well as the draft, to provide a competitive environment in the offseason. The 49ers seemed to telegraph their intention with Reid when they moved him to linebacker with Ward and Tartt remaining as the starting safeties.

That position change lasted about a week, as Ward’s injury prompted the team to move Reid back to safety. Reid is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It's entirely possible there will not be a big market for him, but I do not believe the 49ers are going to be ultra-competitive in retaining him on the open market.