Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says everyone is making too much of the relationship “issues” between him and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
“We have not been friends over the years because we don’t know each other very well,” Carroll said. “We just know each other through the games, so it’s a very confined relationship. For whatever reason, you guys have had a field day with thinking that it’s something other than it is.”
Harbaugh and Carroll had a brief confrontation in 2009 when Harbaugh was the coach at Stanford and Carroll was still at Southern California. Harbaugh ran up the score in a blowout victory against the Trojans. Carroll met Harbaugh on the field after the game, gave him a pensive look and asked: “What’s your deal?”
Harbaugh jogged off, and the two really haven’t spoken since other than a post game handshake.
“I have great respect for what Jim has done,” Carroll said. “I think he’s a tremendous football coach. I don’t know him very well personally, so that’s it. That’s where it starts and stops, and all the rest of the stuff, you guys have had a blast with it, but there’s nothing there.”