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Officials gave Jim Harbaugh a headache on Saturday night


49ers coach Jim Harbaugh could be hearing from the league this week after he lambasted the officials who worked Saturday night’s game against the Texans.

The NFL has instructed teams and coaches not to make public statements about replacement officials or the lockout of the regular officials, something that Harbaugh stuck to early in his post-game press conference. Harbaugh made reference to things he’d been instructed not to comment about early in the presser and then said that “per instructions, I will not be commenting on the officiating” when asked about the officials allowing time to run out in the first half after a defensive penalty called on the Texans. By rule, a half cannot end on an accepted defensive penalty.

Harbaugh’s lips were a bit looser when he was asked about his first-team defense giving up just a field goal. He commented on that effort and then took a big left turn to the officiating.

“Big interference call in third quarter was some big yardage on that drive. I don’t know. It’s interesting. I don’t have the pulse on this game,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of “What was it exactly? Us? Them? Some crazy, wild calls. Were they accurate? Weren’t they? We’ll see. I have a headache, though. I have a darned headache. A lot them didn’t seem like they were in the ballpark.”

Asking teams and coaches to lay off the officiating was wise by the league because complaints from players alone about their work won’t generate a tremendous amount of buzz on their own. For that to work, though, the teams and coaches have to be willing to play along. Harbaugh wasn’t willing on Saturday.

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64 Responses to “Officials gave Jim Harbaugh a headache on Saturday night”
  1. skoobyfl says: Aug 19, 2012 10:10 AM

    These refs won’t be here come the regular season, so it won’t matter.

  2. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 19, 2012 10:11 AM

    OK, but let’s keep it real. He pouts over every call no matter how obvious. He’s the NFL’s biggest cry baby. That has nothing to do with the refs.

  3. etoharin78 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:12 AM

    There have been so many wacky calls it feels like the replacement officials are tanking it on purpose to make their brethren look better.

  4. udontknowjacku says: Aug 19, 2012 10:13 AM

    kick his crybaby butt out for the year!!!!

  5. rbell2123 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:16 AM

    Time to get the Real Officials back out there. These replacement officials are trying but they are in over their head and do not seem to have control of the game.

  6. ezra954 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:16 AM

    This ref situation is worse than a lot if people think the replacement refs are flat out garbage the nfl needs to fix this asap

  7. charltonhestonsvest says: Aug 19, 2012 10:19 AM

    The Harbaugh brothers: leading the league in whines since 2011.

  8. lifelongbrownsfan says: Aug 19, 2012 10:23 AM

    How about if fans complain?? Because these replacement refs are making already crappy games (let’s face, it’s pre-season and nobody looks good right now) even crappier. And we’re the ones paying the price (sometimes even FULL price) to watch it.

  9. jdawg111 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:28 AM

    Last night in the bears v skins game they called a pass interference on bears cb charles Tillman that was absolute garbage. The wr for the redskins initiated contacted and pulled Tillman down by the collar. Even the redskins announcers said they had no clue what the refs were looking at when they called that penalty. These replacement refs are horrible. Nfl needs to sack up and pay the zebras.

  10. texansdude says: Aug 19, 2012 10:31 AM

    I thought they stank up the joint, too. If Harbaugh is referring to the interference call I think he is, he just had to watch the replay screen like the rest of us. That was not the wrong call.

  11. txxxchief says: Aug 19, 2012 10:33 AM

    Have a nice lunch with the commish!

  12. joetoronto says: Aug 19, 2012 10:36 AM

    floriosfuglykid says: Aug 19, 2012 10:11 AM

    OK, but let’s keep it real. He pouts over every call no matter how obvious. He’s the NFL’s biggest cry baby. That has nothing to do with the refs.
    He really is, he’s an embarrassment to coaches everywhere.

  13. steviep23 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:37 AM

    Only whining I hear coming from the haters. Harbaugh one of the best @ keeping the refs in check.

  14. kuta82 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:40 AM

    Its just preseason games guy..Move on..The Officials will be back when the season kicks off..I hope so

  15. packhawk04 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    If the regular officials had done the same thing the replacement officials have done, it wouldnt be such a big deal. With the regular refs, theres 5 or 6 calls in every game that are questionable at best, just like now.

  16. jikkle49 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    All he’s saying is what every coach is already thinking in that the replacement officials suck and I’m sure every coach is thankful that a coach finally came out and said it.

    Missing things like holding or pass interference is one thing but screwing up things like the Bills downing the punt within the 5 and calling it a touchback or letting the clock run out on an accepted defensive penalty just can’t happen because those are things that can severely impact a game. Imagine if that was the difference between a team kicking a FG to win the game and the clock running out.

  17. upyoursnfu says: Aug 19, 2012 10:46 AM

    I bet he had that permanent grumpy look on his face. Yeah, you know the one all the Harbaughs make.

  18. kilo0986 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:47 AM

    Didn’t realize this was the NBA

  19. dennisatunity says: Aug 19, 2012 10:47 AM

    This is so shocking. Coaches and fans complaining about officials’ calls! I am stunned! I bet this has never happened before in the history of sports. And up until this year, Harbaugh has never complained about a ref’s call. We should call the newspapers.

  20. mempusa says: Aug 19, 2012 10:48 AM

    I don’t get it. It’s a $9B industry, the guys whose shoulders the entire game rests on should be fairly compensated both long and short term. They’re faced with being in a far more scrutinized role and are almost always the most harassed people on the field. When was the last time you heard compliments over how knowledgeable and successful a referee was? A ref makes one mistake and he can’t pump gas without a hat and sunglasses on. It’s obvious there is a significant difference in how the games are played and officiated with substitute crews. Take care of the Zebras.

  21. dstonejr says: Aug 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    If you don’t like Harbough, fine. I’m not a fan either. But your hatred for Harbough isn’t going to make ther replacement refs any better. NFL doesn’t stand for No Funds League. They practically print their own money. Just pay the real refs their measly sought after raise so the fans can justifiably cut Harbough down.

  22. bikeman99 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:53 AM

    Imagine getting all worked up over a practice game. These officials are no worse any other

  23. cali49er707 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:54 AM

    Say your piece Jim!! The Hell with all these HATERS!! Go ahead and let them call us the 40whiners!!

    Just make sure you call us the 5 Time Superbowl Champion 40 Whiners!!!

  24. snoilog says: Aug 19, 2012 11:10 AM

    Harbaugh is a whiner not a winner

  25. surferbum01 says: Aug 19, 2012 11:21 AM

    The funny part about all the vitriol being poured on Harbaugh from the peanut gallery is because they know he’s a good coach who loves football, loves coaching, loves his team and he’s a real threat.

    The best part about Harbaugh is he isn’t just talk. Watch the tape between him and Schwartz after the handshake where Schwartz charges after Harbaugh like a jaded lover. Read Harbaugh’s mouth…..he says “GET OUT OF MY FACE!!”….TWICE.

    Keep hatin’ folks ’cause we’ll still keep supporting our coach.


  26. melikefootball says: Aug 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    One Hairbaugh trys to cry more than the other. What whiners!!! They don’t get their way as they did with the reegular refs.

  27. 9ers4life says: Aug 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    OK, but let’s keep it real. He pouts over every call no matter how obvious. He’s the NFL’s biggest cry baby. That has nothing to do with the refs.
    He really is, he’s an embarrassment to coaches everywhere.

    Both of you are idiots.

  28. iloveflorio says: Aug 19, 2012 11:24 AM

    Ladies and gentleman, now introducing the whiner bros, Jim and John harbaugh!! Give it up!! Nobody cries like these guys! If u need a good complainer or a pity party for urself these brothers are sure to get the job done!! Their motto is “who’s get cheated more than us, NOBODY!!”

  29. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 19, 2012 11:26 AM

    “Keep hatin’ folks ’cause we’ll still keep supporting our coach.”

    Just like in New Orleans.

  30. butkus54 says: Aug 19, 2012 11:29 AM

    Honestly, what did you expect from the officials?
    Harbough reminds me of that parent who screams and yells at the kid refereeing the 6 year olds girls soccer game.

  31. baymac408 says: Aug 19, 2012 11:44 AM

    Real whiner or cry baby that should open his mouth lions coach jim Schwartz jets coach Rex Ryan cowboys owner Kerry jones and all the raiders.. Lol

  32. detroit20iron says: Aug 19, 2012 12:00 PM

    Baymac, your comment doesn’t even make sense

  33. joe2jerry says: Aug 19, 2012 12:07 PM

    My hope is that all of those who choose to make this poor officiating article about the head coach of the year will see their team lose no less than two games to blown officiating calls and fully understand what whining feels like…

  34. blowpackblow says: Aug 19, 2012 12:14 PM

    This game is way too fast for them and they will never be successful in this league. Kinda like the Vikings.

  35. eagleswin says: Aug 19, 2012 12:16 PM

    floriosfuglykid says:
    Aug 19, 2012 10:11 AM
    OK, but let’s keep it real. He pouts over every call no matter how obvious. He’s the NFL’s biggest cry baby. That has nothing to do with the refs.


    Agreed. He cried just as hard about the calls the regular refs made last year as he did about the replacement refs.

  36. smackingfools says: Aug 19, 2012 12:22 PM

    Well, if the NFL won’t let the players or coaches speak out then I guess the fans will have to.

  37. eagleswin says: Aug 19, 2012 12:24 PM

    jikkle49 says:
    Aug 19, 2012 10:42 AM
    All he’s saying is what every coach is already thinking in that the replacement officials suck and I’m sure every coach is thankful that a coach finally came out and said it.


    Right. Jim Harbaugh whined more about the regular refs last year than Perreira lamenting how the lack of preseason work was going to cause the regular refs to make mistakes during the regular season. Fox really needs to tell him to stick to commenting the game and stop using the games he’s commentating on to get up on his soapbox for his buddies.

    Speaking of Perreira, his thoughts on Jim Harbaugh from 2011 are documented as follows :

    Mike Pereira Decides To Go With Condescension In Addressing Jim Harbaugh’s Complaints

    49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been fairly vocal in protesting a variety of calls this season. Some are legitimate gripes, and some might be a bit more questionable. Mike Pereira decided to use his latest column at to take Coach Harbaugh to task for his protesting:

    We’re halfway through the NFL season and I’m not sure which is more surprising, the fact that San Francisco is 7-1 or that the 49ers’ new coach, Jim Harbaugh, got more face time Sunday on FOX than Kim Kardashian gets in her reality show.
    The cameras found him on seemingly every penalty – and San Francisco was penalized nine times. I really can’t blame the director, because quite frankly, Harbaugh was good drama. Except, of course, for those who were officiating the game.
    After watching this game, here’s some advice for young Mr. Harbaugh: We’re only halfway through the season – take some deep breaths and enjoy the ride.

    Jim just loves the regular officials. Can’t you tell? If the 49ers weren’t the Cinderella story of last year this would’ve gotten much bigger press.

  38. raiderrob21 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:26 PM

    Jim Harblow gives everyone a headache everytime he opens his trap to whine and complain about something.

  39. sdakota says: Aug 19, 2012 12:34 PM

    any one on this board who doesn’t realize how bad the officiating has been.should be required to take a football iq test for football fans

  40. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:36 PM

    That picture looks like he’s yelling at his Grandpa for buying the wrong box of Popsicles.

  41. billb49 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:46 PM

    Harbaugh-hater: “He’s an embarrassment to coaches everywhere.”

    Yes! That must by why he was named “Coach of the Year” last season. And, I’m sure coaches everywhere just smirk and laugh at his pathetic record of taking a 6-10 team and bringing it to within a couple plays of the Superbowl.

    Stop pretending you wouldn’t be completely behind Jim Harbaugh if he were coaching your team. Harbaugh is a great coach. His players love him. He gets results. He’s already proven that in a very short time. There shouldn’t really be any question about his coaching at this point. And, here’s a clue for you: it’s called “Working the Refs”. All the great coaches do it in one way or another. Vince Lombardi did it. Bill Walsh did it. Madden did it until he was red in the face.

  42. phinfan says: Aug 19, 2012 12:49 PM

    Wahhhh. Hey Jim its preseason

  43. starderup says: Aug 19, 2012 12:56 PM

    They really need to get the real refs back. They do make mistakes, but the scabs that are out there clearly are lost, and Jim Harbaugh and I are not the only ones to notice.

  44. sfsaintsfan says: Aug 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    Jim Harbaugh should be suspended for the year. The NFL told all teams specifically not to complain about the replacement refs and he intentionally went out of his way to talk bad about the refs. Conduct detrimental to the shield, Goodell on line one…..

    Anybody get the sarcasm?

    He is right. The replacement refs are terrible and if this goes into the regular season the NFL will be embarrassed.

    Sure, they are glorified practice games, but the calls should still be correct. Towards the end of the Saints vs Jaguars game, the refs completely blew a call on a Saints interception and a phantom fourth down pass interference call. Both calls would have changed the eventual outcome of the game. The game took forever because the refs don’t know what they are doing. They made wrong calls the entire game, on both sides of the ball.

    Get the regular refs back, or there will be some really irate fans once the season starts.

  45. macker1283 says: Aug 19, 2012 1:13 PM

    The calls are bad but the Harbaugh brothers are the two biggest ref whiners in the league. Jim probably still thinks Aaron Bailey caught that hail mary pass in the 1994 Championship game.

  46. 1phd says: Aug 19, 2012 1:13 PM

    Funny how most of the haters are Lions or Saints fans. Who would have thunk?

  47. fakefranknunley says: Aug 19, 2012 1:14 PM

    Coach Harbaugh was an NLFPA union rep during his playing days. His position on “replacement” refs shouldn’t come as a surprise.

  48. philsimmsisadouche says: Aug 19, 2012 1:15 PM

    The officiating has been spotty with these replacement refs. But, tell me honestly that when you see a Harbaugh griping about how the refs screwed one of their teams over, you don’t think to yourself, “Not this routine again. I wish that clown would just shut up already.”

  49. 49erstim says: Aug 19, 2012 1:36 PM

    I know why Florio didn’t write this article. It would’ve caused a rift in the fabric of reality if he agreed with Jim Harbaugh… 😉

  50. jimmysee says: Aug 19, 2012 1:43 PM

    There are complaints about officiating even when the regulars are working.

    So please – players and coaches — give it a rest!

  51. Andre's Johnson says: Aug 19, 2012 1:44 PM

    The officials made a couple of silly calls against the Texans, too, and you didn’t see Gary Kubiak behaving like a child. San Francisco seems to have a hard time finding a head coach who can act his age.

  52. richndc says: Aug 19, 2012 2:08 PM

    Hey, as long as Jimmy H. can keep banging out those world class air biscuits, I say he is OK with me!

  53. novoodoo4409 says: Aug 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Hairbow is a tool and so are all the 49whiner fans….I like the idiot above who brings up thir 5 SB rings from 30 years ago….really relevant, loser….Abe Lincoln was president then, right?….

  54. realfootballfan says: Aug 19, 2012 2:24 PM

    I’m with him, I feel the same way when I watch these games on TV. It’s nauseating. The NFL needs to fix this.

  55. 49ersgiants4life says: Aug 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    I love how all these people whine about the Harbaughs but most of them wish their teams could do the things that the niners and ravens have jealousy is an ugly thing

  56. vikesfansteve says: Aug 19, 2012 2:34 PM

    At least the NFL is trying to rid the league of the tainted officials that directly effected to outcome of the SuperBowl Seahawks vs Steelers & the NFC Championship Saints vs Vikings and also questionionable calls in the Superbowl Saints vs Colts.

    Unlike the NBA that did nothing & still has dirty refs.

  57. Ashley says: Aug 19, 2012 3:36 PM

    There were some really bad calls in the Saints — Jags game too. I hope skoobyfl is right, and the regular officials will be back in time for the start of the season, but I wouldn’t put it past Goodell to screw things up and not get a deal done.

  58. fasteddy415 says: Aug 19, 2012 3:41 PM

    I saw the game! It was a very bad officiating game all around. We need the refs back ASAP!

  59. gooseeggs13 says: Aug 19, 2012 4:23 PM

    yeah the replacement ref are like odumo nice but in way over his head.. ABO 2012.

  60. joe2jerry says: Aug 19, 2012 5:03 PM

    The article is not about Jim Harbaugh or his brother. I just don’t get why people behind a computer screen have to tear down people. Every coach in the NFL challenges refs. If they didnt fans would be asking for someone who did.

    Truthfully, this has to be about people needing to tear down someone else to make themselves feel better. I think back to NFL films and a coach yelling at a ref for being an “over officious jerk.” Challenging the refs is older than the forward pass. Why not stay classy and talk about how the NFL needs to get the best product on the field?

  61. butkus54 says: Aug 19, 2012 5:20 PM

    What are you going to do now Jimmy, take your ball and go home?
    Bet your missing Ed Hochuli and Mike Carey now.
    Maybe you won’t be so quick to rag on them about every single call that doesn’t go your way when they do come back….but I doubt it.

  62. timj997 says: Aug 19, 2012 7:02 PM

    I get the fact that Jim isn’t well liked among the various fan bases for his antics, but upvoting nonsense like “he’s a loser” and “he’s a joke to the coaching profession” is just ridiculous. The guy has won everywhere he has coached despite the odds.

  63. sixjak says: Aug 19, 2012 7:39 PM

    Oh yay, is this my chance to make fun of Hairbow again? Yeah I gotta do it. I’m still butt hurt that he brought his lowly team into my storied DET’ franchise’s house and showed everybody how to make Megatron look ordinary and then clowned my douche head coach on national TV with a hand shake that was too hard. Orrrrrr I’m still butt hurt over the ironic justice served up by Donte Whitner on our first drive at Candlestick. You Lion and Saints fans act like you’re entitled to a top spot in the history of the NFL. Let us know when you win anything.
    I can’t wait for Handshake part II and The Hit, Drop and Fumble part II.

  64. briank1ne says: Aug 19, 2012 7:40 PM

    Seems to me that everyone is mad at Jim harbaugh for calling out the refs that are doing a horrible job. I watched the game. There were some bogus ones.. the only cry babies are the people leaving all these comments about how ol jimbo is rockin the Mic a little too hard on Sundays. Get a hobby!

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