Jim Harbaugh heard the comments made from New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride Thursday morning and decided to respond.
The veteran Giants offensive play-caller said 49ers MVP Justin Smith “gets away with murder” when it comes to defensive holding.
After learning of Gilbride’s comments, Harbaugh issued the following statement through the team’s Public Relations staff:
“Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy. Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.”
Asked to clarify his comments, Harbaugh said they would stand on their own.
“Nothing to expand on,” the 49ers coach said. “Said what I felt… It’s been addressed, we’ll move on.”
Smith also discussed the matter.
“I don’t really know what he’s talking about to be honest with you,” Smith said when Gilbride’s comments were relayed to him in the 49ers locker room. “If he’s trying to get some bulletin board stuff – good for him. Whatever they need to do.”
Harbaugh said the team had a good week of practice. “Very enthusiastic,” Harbaugh said of his players. “Great focus.”
The coach also said Brandon Jacobs had a “good week” of practice, but wouldn’t specify if Jacobs would make his 49ers debut against his former team. Jacobs’ 56 rushing touchdowns stand as the most in Giants history.
With or without Jacobs in the lineup, Harbaugh believes his team is well prepared for a 60-minute game.
“I believe this will be a highly competitive, rough, tough game between two good football teams,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the highest compliment – these are good football teams.”
Harbaugh added that the 49ers will have to “play their best to win this game.”
Helping his cause, San Francisco’s head coach believes the team will have a strong homefield advantage throughout the game.
“We’re pleased with our fans,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a great atmosphere to play.”
Tags: Brandon Jacobs, Jim Harbaugh, Justin Smith
Posted in Announcements | 1 Comment »