Jim Harbaugh doesn’t take kindly to Kevin Gilbride’s comments

AP

Earlier on Friday, we passed along Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s belief that NFL officials allow 49ers defensive end Justin Smith to get away with murder by holding offensive linemen during play.

Word of those comments made their way to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and it’s safe to say that Harbaugh was not fond of what Gilbride had to say. And, since Harbaugh’s a reliably good quote, he let everyone know that in no uncertain terms.

“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,” Harbaugh said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.”

No need to read between the lines there.

When the schedule was released, it didn’t take long to notice this game and circle it on the calendar. The same two teams that played for the NFC Championship last year in the same stadium is always a game that attracts notice. There’s been a fair amount of back and forth between the teams this week and some classic press conference performances by Harbaugh and Tom Coughlin to add a little more buzz to a game that had plenty of it.

94 responses to “Jim Harbaugh doesn’t take kindly to Kevin Gilbride’s comments

  1. “It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.”

    And win Super Bowls. Better luck next time, Jim.

  2. Well said Jim! Love how JH immediately calls out the Giants for calling out the refs. That’s exactly what they were trying to do and JH sends it right back to them. Go Niners, and Go Giants (sf giants that is)

  3. After reading Harbaugh’s rant, Kevin realized the enormity of the sin he had committed and leapt head first off an overpass on the New Jersey Turnpike. But not before burning his house, with all of his possessions and living relatives in it, to make sure no sign of his time on this earth remained.

  4. I am an innocent bystander here, not a fan of either team. IMHO Jim Harbaugh knows how to intimidate the referees better than anyone else in the league.

  5. Justin Smith was ranked in the top 10 football players of 2012 by NFL Network. I don’t think there is any validity to the Giants coaching staff’s claims about him “getting away with murder”.

  6. This Sunday Harbaugh should run across the field and deliver a right cross, such as Buddy Ryan threw at Gilbride a few years ago. Only connect!

  7. Ughhhhhh I HATE Harbaugh but he’s asbolutely right.

    The Giants will try and cheat their way into victory any way they can. Coughlin is notorious for it. They manipulate officials ALL THE TIME, and they even fake injuries when facing a hurry up offence to rest their players.
    While the players who are flopping are illustrating their lack of integrity, the coaching staff is to blame for spitting on the sport of football and its rules.
    (For you Giants fans, its these reasons that Osi and Justin Tuck go on the NFL network talking about how they don’t get any respect for winning superbowls. Its because players and coaches throughout the league, who know more than 95% of fans, DO NOT respect the giants).

  8. Besides, Kevin, it’s your linemen that are holding Justin Smith. It’s almost as bad as Tom Coughlin whining about being an underdog. On the road. Against a team with a better record than you, Tom. Duh. Maybe of you beat the Iggles they’d take you a little more seriously. What a bunch of babies. I’d expect this from Greg Schiano, but you guys? Waaah!

  9. Given the fact that Giants players stated that they were deliberately headhunting a guy who had a history of concussions, they may want to keep the spotlight off their team acting like a bunch of girls. Seriously though, the Giants have got to be the one NFL team to win 2 SBs in 4 years only to whine & complain about it like cry-babies.

  10. “someone should introduce harbaugh to a marijuana dispensery, dude needs to chill out.”

    Meh, Harbaugh was upset because Gilbride intelligently let the officials and the league know that Justin Smith is a constant holder who should be watched more carefully on Sunday. Harbaugh rightly responded by pointing out that the league and the officials should not be swayed into watching one of his star’s closer just because of one man’s opinion. Seems like a draw to me….

  11. What advantage does Justin Smith get by holding an offensive lineman? His job is to destroy Eli Manning and that doesn’t happen by holding some A-hole lineman. Get ready to get back on that plane with your tails between your legs G-men. Go Niners!

  12. Get him Coach Harbaugh! If Justin Smith gets away with murder, than did Buddy Ryan get away with assault when he punched Kevin Gilbride back in the day?

    By the way, the NFC West is 3-0 versus the NFC East thus far this year. Believing media hype will make you sound unintelligent. Facts matter.

  13. Taking advantage of the replacement refs stupidity is a problem, 22? Do you see Seattle giving their win back? Gawd. Spare me the idiotic comparisons.

  14. Interesting play by Harbaugh. Now the ref’s are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

  15. Poor Gilbride thinks Justin Smith plays too hard. His poor little linemen need to be spared from his ferocity.

    “Look, ref! Looks at Smith steamroll our poor left tackle and guard! There oughta be a law!”

  16. No team whines better than the Giants……..be careful Gilbride you got beat up by a 70 year old! Imagine the whupping Harbaugh could throw on you

  17. Jimmy’s gonna run the score up this week! What’s wrong with these fools? Don’t they realize that they’re rollin’ up into Hunter’s Point this week? Do not play these games with Jim Harbaugh………..

    Who’s got it better than us?????????

  18. As a die-hard fan of the WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK GIANTS..I say keep the Giants topics coming. I LOVE each and every one of them when i hit the comment section. They are all full of more sour grapes than a cheap bottle of wine.

    Dont hate the playa lol everyone wants to be a champion ;(

  19. I wish Harblow would stop talking. Maybe the Black Unicorn will fill his mouth. Don’t stand too close to the sideline this weekend Jim, you might end up like Sean Payton with crutches. That would be funny! Couldn’t happen to a better guy

  20. Kind of sad that Harbaugh has no problems calling out other team’s players but straight spazzes out when another coach calls out his.

  21. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Rex Ryan has a long lost brother coaching in SF.

    People dont respect the Giants? Thats cool. People also dont respect 2nd year coaches with big mouths who think one good season out of the past 10 makes them respectable. I wont even get into the Fortywhiner fanbase, who are suddenly safely back on the bandwagon, and have apparently adopted the arrogant blowhard approach of the guy who coaches their favorite team of the week.

  22. @ MDAV1042———-

    A defensive lineman will hold on to offensive linemen when stunting allowing LBs to come free for either a sack or a clean tackle. Mostly 3-4 linemen or 4-3 DTs does this to keep guards and centers from reaching the second blocking level. Justin Smith does do this a lot but so does other DTs. Gilbride was smart to point this out, its not whining. Harbaugh was also smart to call the Giants out for pointing it out to influence the refs. Good Coaching don’t just start at kickoffs

  23. One thing you don’t want to do is antagonize a coach who is known to run up the score because he just simply does not like somebody or a team (USC) Gilbride just screwed himself. If the Niners have their way sunday they will not pump the breaks and it will be full blown petal to the metal!

  24. Hmm…really Gilbride?? Why don’t you take a look at the Niners/Saints game last year. You will see an excellent example of Justin Smith killing both Drew Brees and an offensive lineman WITH ONE ARM! the dude is a beast.

  25. I hate the fact the the 49ers are so good because I want Harbaugh to lose so bad…..

    I truly want to see him fail.

  26. Whats wrong Jimmy. Afraid your players will be caught cheating.
    Go NYG and shut this big mouth’s pie hole

  27. Kevin, you’ve already lost the game before the game is even started because you are so afraid of our defense.

    Instead of making such absurd statement, you need to focus on your offense and make it work.

  28. JH using the word “incendiary” in reference to ANYONE besides himself is truly rich and dripping in irony!

  29. Elle, read this:

    The Giants have every reason to be worried about 49ers Justin Smith when formulating their game plan for Sunday and they’d like a little help from the officials to help keep him in check.

    Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride had tons of praise for Smith’s game when speaking to reporters about the 49ers star. He tempered it with his feeling that Smith gets away with things that should be penalized, however.

    “They’d like a little help from the refs to help keep him in check.”

    The poor Giants need players 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 to help them out there.

  30. The fact is, certain NFL teams are ALWAYS the beneficiary of lopsided refereeing.
    The Patriots, Cowboys, Packers (regardless of the replacement debacle) and Niners are usually on the winning side of iffy calls.
    I guess it helps to be considered to be one of the darlings of the league.
    Whiny Jimmy can go pee up a rope.

  31. Justin Smith is a beast. Great person, great player, if it was easy to do what he does, everyone would.

  32. Gilbride made his original comment Thursday after he was asked about why San Francisco’s front seven is so tough.

    “Ability. That’s it. They have great players,” Gilbride said. “They’re tremendous, they’re tough. They have great speed on the outside, (Justin) Smith is a beast on the inside — he’s strong, he does as good a job (as anybody) of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it, so he gets away with murder.

    “That, in conjunction with the ability level they have, makes them as formidable as anybody we go against, and we go against some pretty good ones in Dallas’ and Philadelphia’s. They’re as good as anybody up front.”

  33. I honestly did not know the rest of the league hated the beloved Giants. I mean I could have sworn they are one of the most respected teams in the league. From Ownership to the players they are not cheaters and they play the game correctly. Talk all you want about Coughlin but he is a proven winner and much better than Harblow.

    Super Bowl Count:
    Coughlin-2 Harblow-0

    Looking forward to this game. I will not say the giants will win or lose, but I think it should be a well played game. San Fran is one of the best and if we want any chance to make something of this season we have to beat teams of this stature. You 49ers fans acting as if you are going to beat us with no problem and run up the score, might wanna check who are best player is. Eli Manning knows how to win in the 4th quarter. Do you trust Alex Smith being down in the 4th Quarter?

    49ers fans really should start talking after you beat the Giants this weekend because if I remember correctly they won the last time they faced each other in your stadium with the NFC Championship on the line.

  34. zn0rseman says:
    Oct 12, 2012 5:32 PM
    The Giants are such a slimy organization, and they have been for as long as I can remember.

    —————-
    Without the Maras and the Giants, your 49’ers and the NFL may not even exist. Read a book. Ignorance must grow on trees wherever you are.

  35. Justin Smith does hold, but so does every D tackle or 3-4 end, the comment wasn’t anything earth shattering though, coaches make these comments all the time, Harbaugh more than anyone, his reaction is a little insane, but then again he’s a little insane and it’s what makes him a great coach, so you expect it.

    As for the comments about the giants not being well respected around the league, really? You are either a teenage ignoramus who has no idea what your talking about, an adult idiot, or simply a fan of a New York rival or a spiteful fan who lost at the hands of the Giants in the playoffs, no other explanation for that. Literally, if you listen to ANY sports analysis that doesn’t involve players from NFC east rivals, you would know that Mara and the Giants, along with the 49ers actually(outside of the unfortunate owner situation), are one of the most respected teams and organizations in the league. These little piddle paddle rivalries or trash talking doesn’t change that. Hell, even the Patriots players, coaches owner who lost to the Giants twice in SBs say they respect them, even if they don’t like them. To call one of the original teams and the second oldest original team, same town/name in the NFL that is literally one of the reasons this league, along with the Rooney’s and Al Davis, is what it is. You sir, are a complete idiot or way to biased to comment.

    P.S. I love the niners, since the days of Montana they’ve been one of the all time franchises. Also should be a good solid game Sunday.

  36. arlingtonassasin says:
    Oct 12, 2012 7:39 PM
    zn0rseman says:
    Oct 12, 2012 5:32 PM
    The Giants are such a slimy organization, and they have been for as long as I can remember.

    —————-
    Without the Maras and the Giants, your 49′ers and the NFL may not even exist. Read a book. Ignorance must grow on trees wherever you are.

    _______________________________

    The Niners were founded in the AAFC. The product of their existence has nothing to do with Mr Mara.

  37. @rexloveshisfeet. hmmm. according to giants players and coaches u guys dont get any respect. coughlin was the same guy giant fans were crying to fire. Last year was JH first year and there better than last year. you guys are the champs but the niners are on the rise. And im not one of those niner fans that say we are going to demolish the giants. Its going to be a tough game. But giant fans that try rubbing in the the championship game need to realize the niners lost the game more than the giants won the game. Sometimes the better team doesnt always win. costly turnovers is part of the game and thats the way it is. seeing the comments like the giants dismantled the niners last year is just ignorant. Giants won, i can respect that and im over it. Lets just let the playing on the field speak for itself.

  38. I have to laugh here. 49ers fans are to funny. I read alot of post in here and when a Detroit Lions arrival comes up about the Lions coach defending one of his players because a player/coach/ anonymous owner has something to say, all you idiots can post is degrading repetitious comments. out of control, Napoleon complex, anger management, and on and on.
    But if crybaby Harbaugh wants to throw a tantrum, he it’s a hero, a God, and a bada$$. It’s just to funny how pathetic you all are. You all puff out your chest and become computer bullies when you want to talk about someone, but you all cry and throw baby fits if someone dares too tell the world the truth about you. I guess Harbaugh is right where he belongs, in San Francisco with the rest of the Cry babies and whiners.

    Please, come at me and say the same thing i have hers all year from you low lifers. It gives me a good laugh. But please someone try, at least try to come up with something new. The world is starting to grow old with the same ol stuff. Your to predictable

  39. 49ers fans safely back on the bandwagon huh? 33 straight years of sellouts at every single home game… Really sounds like a bandwagon to me. Can your precious Giants make that claim? Oh oops didn’t think so

  40. Harbaugh is an idiot for going after the whole staff when GILBRIDE WAS THE ONE WHO SAID IT.

    People on here are idiots for ripping the whole organization when GILBRIDE WAS THE ONE WHO SAID IT.

    For me praising a Justin Smith is the way to go. The guy has been a great player for quite a while. Now he’s on a consistent contender. He’s a great guy to have on your team. Plus he has excelled in 2 different types of fronts, which is something that not just anyone can do.

    Of course even if Gilbrdie wasn’t calling Justin Smith dirty, he should know better than to give especially the New York media anything they can twist and run with. Same goes for Jim Harbaugh, the Media really doesn’t give a **** about how you feel. They just saw a chance for a juicy back and forth.

  41. mdav1042 says:
    Oct 12, 2012 5:27 PM
    What advantage does Justin Smith get by holding an offensive lineman?

    ——-
    just a thought….

    A) Smith holds a pulling lineman and interrupts a running play.

    B) Smith holds a lineman and a stunting DL gets a free lane.

  42. rexloveshisfeet, this is Harbaugh’s second year in the league and Coughlin’s 17th. Lets discuss career accomplishments in 15 years.
    You also commented, “Do you trust Alex Smith being down in the 4th Quarter?” Well he led the league in 4th Quarter comebacks last year?
    I think this should be a good game though. Future looks bright for the 49ers, as does the past.

  43. The Harbaughs are the biggest tools in the NFL! Scratch that, they are 3rd and 4th behind Goodell and Clay Matthews!! You all make this league look like the NTL, national tool league!

  44. Talk about influencing the refs, wasnt it Jimmy that threw a challenge flag with no time outs not once but twice against the Vikings. He influenced and whined to the officials enough to get the 49ers 5 time outs. He has to be the most hypocritical dick in the league

  45. First of all, the Comments basically said Justin smith is really freaking good. It’s just like a harbaugh to find fault where there is none.

    Secondly, I know for a fact Justin smith does not get away with murder. He got away with beating up his girlfriend once when he lived in Cincinnati (how that story did not get out is mind boggling), but I’m pretty sure he never murdered anyone.

  46. unca_chuck says:Oct 12, 2012 5:43 PM

    Taking advantage of the replacement refs stupidity is a problem, 22? Do you see Seattle giving their win back? Gawd. Spare me the idiotic comparisons.
    _______________________

    The difference is that Hairbow cheats intentionally. He has no integrity, the punch-you-from-behind-and -runaway whiney little crybaby.

  47. There is holding on every play of every game. I always bring it up about Smith every time I watch a 9ers game though, so its funny this came out. In my book the Giants are the model organization in the NFL right now. I take what they say seriously.

  48. Goldrush, I was on the Giants season tickets list at 18 years old. I MAY get my chance to buy at age 43. I am 35 now. Giants sellout every week.

  49. @4d9erdynasty
    “But giant fans that try rubbing in the the championship game need to realize the niners lost the game more than the giants won the game. Sometimes the better team doesnt always win. costly turnovers is part of the game and thats the way it is. seeing the comments like the giants dismantled the niners last year is just ignorant. Giants won, i can respect that and im over it. ”

    Sure doesn’t sound like “respect” to me. Sounds like Clay Matthews wrote that.

  50. Football is a game of X’s and O’s played on the field and in the media..this is just another reason to get us 9er and Giants fans blogging back and forth at each other

    with that said…I find that reading most of these giants fans comments is like watching a retard (insert ur mouth breathing dummy of a QB here) throw ice cubes at the sun…funny..but pointless

  51. oaktown49er says:
    Oct 12, 2012 9:23 PM

    You also commented, “Do you trust Alex Smith being down in the 4th Quarter?” Well he led the league in 4th Quarter comebacks last year?
    ———————————————–

    Oooohhh. Nice try, but no. Eli Manning led all QBs with 8 4th Quarter comebacks last year. Alex Smith had 6. See, 8 is more than 6. That’s called basic math. Try it sometime.

  52. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    Harbaugh is a whiny little baby. Its funny how ONLY 49ers fans like him. The rest of the NFL fans cant stand him.

    ___________________________________________

    Funny how Lions fans are the ones that complain about him the most… Harbagh 2-0 vs Lions lol enough said. Most of the league hates him and would give a body part to have him as coach. The way I see it he’s a top 5-10 coach in the league ALREADY whether you like it or not. Just like all those that hate Peyton but would run over their own coach with an 18 wheeler if he were on the market. If you aren’t hated then you are bottom of the barrel plain and simple. Ask guys like Bellichick or Cowher if they even remotely care if anyone else likes them

  53. foovana says: Oct 12, 2012 10:45 PM

    There is holding on every play of every game. I always bring it up about Smith every time I watch a 9ers game though, so its funny this came out. In my book the Giants are the model organization in the NFL right now. I take what they say seriously.
    ________________________________________

    Uh huh yeah because that model franchise wasn’t the driving force at all behind a salary cap scam against 2 division rivals in an effort to keep them down. Oh or how about the league reiterating the policy towards faking injuries after the GIANTS were repeatedly accused of doing so… Yeah real model franchise there

  54. steelers4385 says: Oct 12, 2012 5:34 PM

    I seriouslly cant stand the harbaugh brothers. I get mad just lookn at their stupid faces.

    —-I think someone has anger management problems…

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