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Seattle Seahawks corners draw Jim Harbaugh's ire

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to things that an opponent might be getting away with. In the 49ers 13-6 win over the rival Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football, Harbaugh was not happy about the calls Seahawks star cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner avoided.

Harbaugh believes that those two got away with too much contact beyond the five-yard mark, and he believes the CBs got away with some defensive holding calls. He told CSN Bay Area, “I wouldn’t use the words, ‘locked up. We’ll take that up with the officials (NFL office) and get their view of it.”

Of course, Niners QB Alex Smith would agree with what his head coach is saying,  “If this is a point of emphasis of no contact after 5 yards, no question. They’ve done it all year. When they played Green Bay, they were doing it to all those guys, (Greg) Jennings, all those guys. You turn on the Patriots (film) and same things.”

Now this is the interesting thing, Smith references the Seahawks win against the New England Patriots. Both Browner and Sherman are two big, physical star corners. And oh yeah, Sherman actually played for Harbaugh at Stanford to make things more interesting.

Are the Niners full of it or are their complaints legitimate based on what you guys saw in the game against the Pats? Browner was penalized a ton of times last year, so I do think refs have been more lax on him this season. As for Sherman, I think the refs are fairly judging it. There is room to complain, but it’s ultimately been due to some great coverage work by both players.

One more thing, maybe the 49ers failed to gain separation because their receivers aren’t really all that good. I mean, Brandon Lloyd had six catches for 80 yards on the outside and had as many catches and more receiving yards than all three of the Niners receivers combined (Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Kyle Williams). Yeah, it looks like the 49ers should be taking a harder look at their personnel.

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  • Asthmagirl

    Good article. Basically, the Niners are full of it. The college rivalry has made its way to the NFL. There is no love lost between Harbaugh and Carroll.

    • Joe Soriano

      Haha, yeah. Funny how Harbaugh even goes far enough to basically knock a guy he coached at Stanford.

  • Dan Gleebitz

    I agree with Harbaugh that all season long they have been allowed to play outside of what it is considered the norm. That being said other cornerbacks are missing out as clearly the refs think that the big green corners are playing legit. Smart coaches should pick up on this and start coaching this up to their corners. Coaches like Harbaugh will bitch and moan and coaches like Josh Boyer will too be busy picking dingleberries from his arse to even notice let alone coach.

  • Michael Bernazzani

    Every corner does it, ours just happen to be 6’3″ & 220… #12thMan #LegionOfBoom


    The only reason the 49ers won is that the Seahawks dropped touchdown passes twice down the right line. Were it not for butterfingers, nobody would be talking about this.

  • Hawk_Eye

    Watching Jim Harbaugh jump up and down crying about every call on the sideline is so funny. It looks like his head is going to explode. He needs to grow a pair under that diaper of his. What a whiner!

  • Hawk_Eye

    Iv’e heard of poor losers, but poor winners? Cry me a river!

    • Joe Soriano

      Yeah, I’m about to get a -2 on this comment because of all the 49ers fans who quietly down vote all the Seahawks-related comments.

  • Dusty Reynolds

    They should probably just allow the corners to tackle their guy before the play starts that is what they are allowing. If the NFL wants it played that way than get rid of the 5yard rule.

  • Timothy Waters

    Jim Harbaugh needs to be drug tested. He looked like a Meth head out of control, Please test him…..

  • Timothy Waters

    He also needs to grow the*&^% up and stop crying like a little baby, never have liked that little baby

  • James Turne

    PI calls and illegal touching have been far too inconsistent this year. In the Jets Pats game that official deciding to throw a PI flag from 25 yards away when the official in front of them didn’t, then didn’t even conference about it was atrocious. NFL needs to stop protecting the passing game so much and let innovation happen in other parts of the game. Carroll has him self a set of big physical shut down corners and have been learning what is acceptable amount of touching and what is not. This kind of officiating judgment call happens in Basketball all the time.