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Jim Harbaugh wants to see more 49ers highlights on TV

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After his 49ers beat the Seahawks, coach Jim Harbaugh went home and did some channel surfing. And he wasn’t happy that he never saw his own team.

“Kind of flipped through the channels, the NFL Network, the highlight express, and the ESPN blitz, and never caught one highlight of the 49ers on any of those,” Harbaugh said today.

Harbaugh said the lack of 49ers highlights on TV demonstrates the perception that the 49ers aren’t a good team.

“I mean, just kind of documents what you know. What the perception is of our team around the league and around the country,” Harbaugh said. “It’ll be up to us to do something about that. We can take control of that and that’s something we need to do.”

So Harbaugh sees it as part of his job to make the media believe the 49ers are good. He’ll be happy to know that Florio picked them to make the playoffs.

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  1. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:18 PM

    What a baby… WAHH WAHHH!!!

  2. medtxpack says: Sep 12, 2011 5:19 PM

    Ted Ginns plays made some….then they had to show Alex Smith and went to commercial.

  3. trbowman says: Sep 12, 2011 5:20 PM

    Not going to be many highlights with Smithers at QB.

    The sooner Kaepernick gets the call, the better. Raw as he is, let him take his bumps.

  4. goldrush4949 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:21 PM

    I’ve been complaining about this for years. Can’t really blame the media, though. San Francisco has been awful for almost a decade now. We’re suffering through the second longest playoff drought in the NFL currently. Second only to the Detroit Lions.

  5. savannahrose44 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:22 PM

    Welcome to the NFC West Harbaugh…where no team gets any love in the league. Might as well get used to it.

  6. marcsasharc says: Sep 12, 2011 5:23 PM

    respect will come if the 9ers make it to the bye week at 3-3. if they can do that they can easily have a winning season. the first half of the schedule is brutal for them, but the second half is filled with division games and winnable games.

  7. favreforever says: Sep 12, 2011 5:23 PM

    Try Googling “Giant bloopers and hilarious home videos”, Hardbug.

  8. bayoubauer says: Sep 12, 2011 5:24 PM

    It’s the Seahawks, Jimbo. They’re not exactly highlight fodder.

  9. thephantomstranger says: Sep 12, 2011 5:28 PM

    It’s always a good sign when your head coach is worried about what the media thinks of the team. Maybe he’ll call nothing but trick plays and long bombs next week so he can get on TV.

  10. kuceramd says: Sep 12, 2011 5:30 PM

    I don’t think the lack of media attention demonstrates the perception that the 49’s aren’t a good team as much as the fact that the 49’s aren’t a good team does.

  11. halfie6 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:31 PM

    This is the NFL coach equivalent to admitting to “self-googling.”

  12. fasteddy415 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:31 PM

    It’s all good Coach. Make sure follow through as you say. “It’ll be up to us to do something about that”

    And please open up the offense a bit! I understand you only needed about 20 percent of the playbook to beat the seagulls. But it wont fly against the tougher teams.

    Go Niners!

  13. Todd Haley's Temper says: Sep 12, 2011 5:32 PM

    “Harbaugh said the lack of 49ers highlights on TV demonstrates the perception that the 49ers aren’t a good team”

    Harbaugh is absolutely right. When you beat a Tarvaris Jackson led team the whole world forgets about your records for the past 9 years and you are automatically declared the super bowl winner. A win over a division rival? They should get their own channel exclusive with highlights for that one game.

  14. Nevis says: Sep 12, 2011 5:33 PM

    “I hope to be underestimated” – Jim Harbaugh, first press conference.

  15. cardiovascularendurance says: Sep 12, 2011 5:35 PM

    What a dolt. I’ve seen those Ted Ginn highlights plenty of times already.

  16. deenice810 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:35 PM

    Raise your hand if you want to see more Alex Smith highlights.

  17. souldogdave says: Sep 12, 2011 5:40 PM

    Of course we can blame the media. Not everyone wins, seeing a big flop is also entertaining in a morose way.What he is experiencing is the EastCoastBias. Infamous, since the 49ers and Raiders ruled for so long. All those NY, Boston etc. idiots hated us for so long, we have to dominate to get fair press.They treat the Left Coast the same as Republicans.We are the enemy.They pray for us to fail.

  18. marcsasharc says: Sep 12, 2011 5:41 PM

    hate on haters. i know the 9ers have been bad and are easy to pick on, but its all good. we finally have a competent coaching staff.

    if youre going to try to be funny, be funny. does anyone have any funny hater comments or are all of them going to continue to be lame?
    :)

  19. RaiderMight says: Sep 12, 2011 5:41 PM

    He’s just a big Whinner (no pun). Ted Ginn Jr. was every where! Of course, the rest of the team wasn’t highlight worthy, so he should stop complaining.

  20. rice4life says: Sep 12, 2011 5:44 PM

    Love it! I have been saying for years that I am tired of not seeing the 49ers on tv. I grew up used to seeing them on everywhere and now they are on for 30 seconds. They are in control of this and I love that he said it. I just hope that they answer the call and start winning! Go niners!!!

  21. grandpoopah says: Sep 12, 2011 5:45 PM

    Maybe if Harbaugh didn’t constantly call running plays on passing downs, they would have had more highlights.

  22. bengalsown says: Sep 12, 2011 5:49 PM

    If you’re not NFC South, NFC North, AFC East, or Baltimore or Pittsburgh, you might as well get used to it.

  23. lottsmissingfinger says: Sep 12, 2011 5:49 PM

    Of course they don’t have time for highlights. Got to save time for Deion’s crappy analysis and shameless self-promotion. I don’t even think there’s a name for what Irvin does.

  24. itsmammoth says: Sep 12, 2011 5:49 PM

    As a Cowboys fan, I couldn’t agree more. I’d love to see highlights of everyone on an equal scale. I wish ESPN would get out of the Cowboys business once and a while. I’m so tired of them following our every move. Talk about some one else for once.

    I’m sick of it.

  25. halfie6 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:51 PM

    Who wants to see 49’ers/Seahawks when USC/Stanford feautres better professional athletes?

  26. stairwayto7 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:53 PM

    San Fran and Seattle have football teams???

  27. mxe122 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:53 PM

    I think the point Harbaugh is trying to make is the national media is so East Coast focused that good plays/games by teams west of the Mississippi (Other than the Cowpokes) are seldom in the spotlight. We have to see what a wonderfull player Mike Vick is while they hide the fact he is a sub 50% passer. I get sick of the Rex Ryan show, the Patriots all the time and let’s not forget how the Steelers are considered gods in the headquarters of the NFL and CBS. Give Harbaugh credit for pointing out the same thing Bill Walsh did in his early career coaching the Niners…but would have hoped he had waited until he at least had a confirmed contender!

  28. wcdunkenfield says: Sep 12, 2011 5:54 PM

    “…Jim Harbaugh wants to see more 49ers highlights on TV…”

    Sure, no problem. Rerun old film of Montana to Rice…

  29. TheDPR says: Sep 12, 2011 5:54 PM

    This needs to be said: The 49ers are NOT a good team.

  30. rgwhodey says: Sep 12, 2011 5:59 PM

    Couldn’t agree more! All you see are jets.. cam… Ravens.. that’s all they talk about on ESPN and the NFL network.. no

  31. tatum064 says: Sep 12, 2011 6:00 PM

    Make more plays on offense and gain more yardage then you’ll get some highlights. As usual, the offense was abysmal – but Seattle’s defense was decent. Ginn made his plays, now the offense has to follow suit.

  32. stevebozeman says: Sep 12, 2011 6:02 PM

    You beat the Seahawks. Give me a break!

  33. mvp43 says: Sep 12, 2011 6:02 PM

    He may have won the game, but he’s losing the Andrew Luck sweepstakes……….. I command you to stop winning now!

  34. ronaldmexico says: Sep 12, 2011 6:03 PM

    Come on coach, what’s your deal? The Ted Ginn returns seemed to get a fair amount of air time, although the offensive explosion of 200 yards against a bad Seahawks team was not exactly highlight worthy. The niners may even have some success against a banged up Dallas defense and the Bengals in the next few weeks, but with Alex Smith at the helm, they will likely end up the season with a record no better than .500 (which may allow them to win this awful division).

  35. norsedrew says: Sep 12, 2011 6:09 PM

    Deion Sanders top 10 of the weekend had SF #1…..how did the coach miss that????

  36. sonoco says: Sep 12, 2011 6:12 PM

    There was barely a hint of whining in Harbaugh’s comments. He’s adding to the team rally cry that the fate of the team is in the hands of the players. Like he said; “It’ll be up to us to do something about that. We can take control of that and that’s something we need to do.” It wasn’t an open plea to NBC’s producers for more air time. If they start winning consistently they will be featured more prominently.

  37. babyjesus69 says: Sep 12, 2011 6:15 PM

    He’s taking a page out of bill walsh’s guide to
    motivating. The comments were made to motivate his team, like a US vs. the world type of mentality.

  38. nineroutsider says: Sep 12, 2011 6:19 PM

    You beat the Hollywood Cowgirls next week, who get tons of love in the press, I guarantee you will be on every highlight show near the top.

    How are you going to do it while playing ‘hide the quarterback’? It works against the Seahawks, but Dallas has a good front 7. You want the coverage, go out and earn it…looking forward to it. Hit Romo and he will cough it up eventually…

  39. docredskin says: Sep 12, 2011 6:21 PM

    Todd Haley’s Temper says:
    Sep 12, 2011 5:32 PM
    “Harbaugh said the lack of 49ers highlights on TV demonstrates the perception that the 49ers aren’t a good team”

    Harbaugh is absolutely right. When you beat a Tarvaris Jackson led team the whole world forgets about your records for the past 9 years and you are automatically declared the super bowl winner. A win over a division rival? They should get their own channel exclusive with highlights for that one game.

    ——————————————————–

    Funny handle and comment. I got so sick of the media hyping up Bill Walsh and the 49ers of the ’80’s that I have enjoyed watching them suck for the last decade. “Team of the 1980’s” got so old. None of their teams were the best team of the decade (’85 Bears) and they had one more Super Bowl win than my Redskins (3-0 to 2-1). But it is always considered a given, which is bunk.

  40. funkydunkleman says: Sep 12, 2011 6:23 PM

    He has a point. On NFL Gameday Final, which runs 90 minutes, I believe they showed 2 plays from that game (compared to Steelers/Ravens which was probably 15+ plays.) They definitely do favor bigger name teams in air time.

    I could understand if this was week 17 and both teams were 3-12, but it’s week one, and no one knows who will be successful, so why not give all games equal coverage earlier in the season?

  41. grogansheroes says: Sep 12, 2011 6:38 PM

    When you have six plays from the 1 yard line, and you run up the middle six times for no gain, we don’t want to see those highlights. Also, we have two loudmouth Ryans in the league, now we have two “i’m smarter than you” Harbaughs in the league.

  42. jikkle49 says: Sep 12, 2011 6:40 PM

    I can understand focusing a little more on games like the Ravens vs Steelers and Jets vs Dallas but if you have a 60 minute show and especially a 90 minute show you should be able to put together a better highlight package than one play and two TD kick returns.

    Granted it wasn’t one for the ages but they could’ve showed a few more plays and gave a bit of commentary for it instead of completely glossing over it like they did.

  43. joyjoy69 says: Sep 12, 2011 6:45 PM

    First step to convince the press that the 49ers are good: play good football. I am a Seahawks fan and suffered through that whole game. Let’s be honest, the worst team lost that game. If the Seahawks had shown up at all, the 49ers would have been blown out of the water. Lucky for them, we didn’t play one decent series of football on either side of the ball until the last quarter. Then, we punched the timecard out early and forgot we had to cover the kick. The 49ers embarrassed us because of how badly they beat us – and yet if they play that way against any other team in the league, they will get shut out. So, Coach Harbaugh – give the media some highlights and maybe they’ll play them.

  44. axespray says: Sep 12, 2011 6:50 PM

    kinda tough to get on the highlights when your qb can’t see a wide open reciever in the endzone …. twice!

  45. digitalsasquatch says: Sep 12, 2011 6:54 PM

    Welcome to the NFC West, Harbs…the networks really don’t see much sense in reporting anything east of St. Louis, since their major demographic is already eating dinner or in bed….

    (@joyjoy…auuggh, our Squawks were inept and feckless.)

  46. bahzeal says: Sep 12, 2011 7:34 PM

    what are you laughing about 6Troll?

    “your” team got spanked yesterday.

    and it was all over the highlights.

  47. philtration says: Sep 12, 2011 7:54 PM

    norsedrew says: Sep 12, 2011 6:09 PM

    Deion Sanders top 10 of the weekend had SF #1…..how did the coach miss that????
    ==================================

    Because he was watching the MLB channel.

    While Bill Walsh drank from the fountain of knowledge, Harbaugh only gargled

  48. lottsmissingfinger says: Sep 12, 2011 7:59 PM

    As a 49er fan, I have to admit there were only 6 plays worth highlighting in that game:
    1) Alex Smith dive for TD
    2) Backside hit on Jackson resulting in a DL catching the FB in heavy traffic
    3) Tate TD – Seahawks
    4) Baldwin TD – Seahawks
    5 & 6) Ginn’s return TDs

  49. masternathan85 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:00 PM

    Highlights?? Like the 4 chip shot Field goals that resulted from Gore’s inability to convert goal line rushes?

  50. johnnyshore says: Sep 12, 2011 8:09 PM

    “Highlights?? Like the 4 chip shot Field goals that resulted from Gore’s inability to convert goal line rushes?”

    Hard to blame it on Gore when the offensive line allows guys in the backfield in the first .5 seconds, and the coaches call such a conservative red zone offense. If they threw alittle play action in there to VD, things may have opened up more for Gore.

  51. tampajoey says: Sep 12, 2011 8:23 PM

    Tell him to have the 49ers join the SEC or get Lebron James to QB. Only way to get on ESPN. Unless they move the 49ers to NY or Boston.

  52. hillbillyjim says: Sep 12, 2011 8:37 PM

    If you want to see 9er highlights you need to go on Ebay and get a Betamax machine.

  53. sonoco says: Sep 12, 2011 8:55 PM

    docredskin says:
    Sep 12, 2011 6:21 PM

    Funny handle and comment. I got so sick of the media hyping up Bill Walsh and the 49ers of the ’80′s that I have enjoyed watching them suck for the last decade. “Team of the 1980′s” got so old. None of their teams were the best team of the decade (’85 Bears) and they had one more Super Bowl win than my Redskins (3-0 to 2-1). But it is always considered a given, which is bunk.

    *******************************************

    The 49ers are clearly the team of the 80’s. The 1984 49er team is a good as any team in league history including the 85 Bears, also 6 NFC Championship Game appearances on the way to four rings.

  54. go49ers says: Sep 12, 2011 9:07 PM

    It’s true…on occasion I’ll see Niner highlights but not as much as the teams in the east coast. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see how other teams are doing but for Fantasy point purposes. I won’t lie. Wait, I do see quite often when the Niners lose. Eh, to me it’s east coast biast.

  55. 1phd says: Sep 12, 2011 9:15 PM

    The morons at NFL Network ‘Plays of the Week’ all day on ‘Around the League’ showed neither of the two Ginn runs which happened 59 seconds after each other. Harbaugh rests his case. They are only plays of the weeks if it’s the Jets or Pittsburgh or some other East coast team.

  56. obsession55 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:41 PM

    and i wanna see Harbaugh coaching in Indy…but that isnt gonna happen either!

  57. go49ers says: Sep 12, 2011 11:18 PM

    Don’t worry you guys in Indy might get the next best thing…but that’s if the Colts cont. to lose…Andrew Luck.

  58. travisblink619 says: Sep 13, 2011 12:28 AM

    For you hacks out there hating on Harbaugh, he’s not blaming the media for the lack of highlights. He’s placing the blame both on the 49ers organization and himself. Essentially, he is saying that it is up to him to get the Niners back to greatness. I do hope that he is the man of action that people have been lead to believe he is. Red and Gold por vida.

  59. trollhammer20 says: Sep 13, 2011 9:32 AM

    lottsmissingfinger says:Sep 12, 2011 7:59 PM

    As a 49er fan, I have to admit there were only 6 plays worth highlighting in that game:
    1) Alex Smith dive for TD
    2) Backside hit on Jackson resulting in a DL catching the FB in heavy traffic
    3) Tate TD – Seahawks
    4) Baldwin TD – Seahawks
    5 & 6) Ginn’s return TDs
    __________________________________

    This.

    Speaking of which, guess who leads NFL rookies in receiving yards after one week?

    Julio Jones? Nope. A.C. Green? Nope. Doug Baldwin, the guy everyone passed over for seven full rounds.

    Doug Baldwin. BELIEVE.

  60. trollhammer20 says: Sep 13, 2011 9:35 AM

    Make that “A.J.” Green in my previous comment. Sorry, Laker 90s moment.

  61. briank1ne says: Sep 13, 2011 10:44 AM

    fuel for the fire!

  62. r8der4lyfe says: Sep 13, 2011 12:54 PM

    Of course their weren’t any highlights. It was a boring no offensive game. ESPN highlights are filled with offensive tds or defensive tds. They showed Ted Ginn return his two scores. That was the whole game

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