The frosty relationship between Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh continues.
On his weekly appearance with Brock Huard and Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle, the Seahawks head coach responded to comments made by San Francisco’s head coach questioning if the physical style of play by Seattle defensive backs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman were within NFL rules.
“Yeah, I think that’s just an important thing to address,” Harbaugh told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I mean, what is this all being defined as? Is it physical play? Is it within the rules? I think that’s the biggest question, is it within the rules what’s happening? We have to ask that question. We have to know what the interpretation is.”
Asked about Harbaugh’s comments, this is what Carroll had to say this morning.
“Wasn’t just a couple weeks ago when they were talking about not doing things like that with the Giants and Kevin Gilbride or something like that?” asked Carroll.
Carroll was referring to a verbal back and forth between Harbaugh and New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who insinuated that San Francisco’s defensive linemen got away with holding offensive linemen up illegally at the line of scrimmage before those two teams met last week, an accusation that Harbaugh called insulting.
“I thought there was something about that where we don’t go out and express our concerns and all.
“But anyway, I think this was a very normal game in terms of how we played. I’m surprised that he felt like the receivers were so overwhelmed. I thought our guys did a good job. There’s always going to be some calls that you can look at, but our guys played good, solid hard football. Vernon Davis didn’t get the ball and their receivers didn’t do much. Randy (Moss) got one, and so I’m sure there’s a little frustration there on their part.”
Those comments should ramp up an already appealing matchup between the two teams on Dec. 23 at Century Link Field.
Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford, had this to say about the comments via twitter.
Jim said Sherm and BB were playing too rough. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaaahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha— Dbfresh (@DougBaldwinJr) October 20, 2012