A few weeks ago 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made comments about recent PED suspensions suffered by the Seattle Seahawks. Harbaugh’s comments did not get an equally forceful response from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who instead said:
They’re a great program. They’ve done a marvelous job since Jim took over and they’ve done it all on the field. We respect that our division has really changed, we’ve changed along with it, and every single game we play is the biggest rival that we would ever know … They’ve done some really cool things and play exciting football, and we love matching up with the division.
Of course that was not the only comments made by someone with the Seahawks. The strategy for Seattle seems to be to send out their players instead to fire back, as opposed to having it play out between the two head coaches. Really that is all they can do as it would be hard for Carroll to say anything critical at Harbaugh since five PED suspensions have happened under his watch.
So instead of Carroll, Seahawk players like Brandon Browner and Golden Tate come out and say what Carroll cannot. Shortly after Harbaugh’s PED comments, Brownwer said of the Niners coach:
He’s never gonna be out there lined up against me. I wish he would. I’d put my hands around his neck.
This past week, Golden Tate had this to say about Harbaugh when talking to ESPN Seattle radio:
Well, I’d be on offense trying to score a touchdown on him. Defensively, that’s a little different because they tackle and they can really be aggressive. But I would try and give him the Sean Lee treatment. I would do that.
In case you don’t know what he means by the “Sean Lee treatment,” here is a reminder:
Why are the Seahawks so mad? If they stop cheating and using PEDs than comments like Harbaugh’s don’t have to be made.