OWINGS MILLS — John Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether his younger brother, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, was right or not.
But then again it wouldn’t matter.
Much commotion has been made for an incident involving Jim and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz during a post-game handshake that resulted in a confrontation between the two coaches.
The older Harbaugh, the head coach of the Ravens, weighed in where he stands on the issue during his Monday press conference.
“I think I know who was right,” John Harbaugh said. “But whoever was right or wrong, I know who’s side I’m on if we’re taking sides.”
Harbaugh said he spoke with Jim about the incident but declined to divulge details of the conversation. Jim’s older brother further downplayed the issue in relation to his coaching career in San Francisco, which is off to a hot 5-1 start (which included a win over Detroit Sunday.)
“If the biggest lesson he has right now is how to shake hands post-game after a victory, he’s doing OK,” said the older brother with a smile.
Highlights from Harbaugh’s presser:
On wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (shoulder), who was active against Houston but didn’t play much: ”David could have gone, I think. But since we had (cornerback) Bryan (McCann) and he practiced all week, and David was coming off the shoulder (injury) — we didn’t want to jeopardize him if we didn’t have to.”
On the play that allowed Ray Lewis to become the first NFL player ever to record 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career: ”They double teamed Ed (Reed) and didn’t block Ray. Ed used up the blocks and Ray made a great play.”
Harbaugh was asked about Baltimore wanting a Monday night home game, which the team hasn’t had since 2007: “Aren’t we in enough controversy in the family? (smiles, laughter). At this point, we’re happy to go play wherever they put us. Some day we’ll get a Monday night game.”
On being able to adjust and limit third down opportunities for Houston in the second half: ”We got a feel for the routes they were running and we covered them a little better. That gave our guys time to get a little bit of pressure and get some hits on Matt (Schaub). They crossed our face a couple of times on some quick slant routes, got inside a couple of coverages we probably shouldn’t have let them get inside on and they made some plays.”
On the offensive line, which allowed quarterback Joe Flacco to take some shots early in the ballgame: “We don’t want Joe getting hit like that. A couple of times it was losing a one-on-one battle here or there. A couple of times we mis-ID’ed the protection.”
By Jason Butt