Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs questioned Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s leadership abilities during a radio interview with CBS Sports on Thursday, claiming that Harbaugh had little to do with the success he enjoyed while leading the San Francisco 49ers.
Jacobs, who played under Harbaugh in San Francisco during the 2012 NFL season, said on the Tiki and Tierney show that Harbaugh “didn’t know what he was doing” and credited assistant coaches for the successful 49ers teams that Harbaugh led.
Jacobs also claimed that Harbaugh’s play-calling was “getting people hurt.”
Harbaugh’s success has transcended the NFL, as he led Stanford to an Orange Bowl victory in January 2011 before heading to the 49ers in time for the 2011 NFL season. Harbaugh took San Francisco to three straight NFC Championship Game appearances from 2011-2013 and one Super Bowl appearance during the 2012 season. Jacobs played on that team.
Harbaugh has guided Michigan to a pair of 10-win seasons after the Wolverines went 5-7 in 2014.
Jacobs, a Southern Illinois product who was drafted 110th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, played nine seasons in the NFL and won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants. He finished his career with 5,094 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns, but had only 5 carries during the 2012 with the 49ers.