Now would be the time for Brandon Jacobs to inquire about his playing time.
He is set to go up against his former team — a team he won the Super Bowl with last season, and the same team he was released by in the offseason.
However, Jacobs has not touched the field in the 2012 regular season with the 49ers.
If you ask head coach Jim Harbaugh, he would say that Jacobs has battled some injuries and the team wants him to be 100%.
But anyone with a logical bone in their body knows that Jacobs is ready to go and could have played in any of the last three weeks’ games if he had to.
If you ask Jacobs, he is far overdue to be in the backfield and help a 4-1 team reach new heights.
USA Today’s Mike Garafolo is reporting that Jacobs is less than happy about not starting in the last couple weeks, and that he is no lock to be starting against the New York Giants on Sunday, either.
“Oh, very. Because I don’t know anything. I don’t know what’s what,” Jacobs said regarding his frustration with not playing. “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.”
CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco is reporting that Harbaugh and Jacobs both met within the last couple days and that everything is good between the two sides of the playing time equation.
“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.”
The long run would be games in November, December and January, but rest assured that heads will roll if Jacobs does not start and see substantial playing time against his former team that betrayed him quite heavily in the offseason.
What role Jacobs plays on the 49ers is still up in the air, as the team has been in cruise control since they took a surprise beating at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
A start and ample production for Jacobs on Sunday would help define part of his role on the team, but there is more than meets the eye with this Jacobs issue and playing time.
For now, it is simply a case of too many weapons on the team and not enough footballs to go around.
“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,” Jacobs told CSN Bay Area.
As a player on a 4-1 team with Super Bowl or bust on its mind, that is probably the best way to approach the situation.