Richard Sherman calls Jim Harbaugh a “bully”

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For the record, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has rapidly become one of our favorite players.

He’s also pretty good at football.

Sherman, who made waves with his “U Mad Bro?” tweet of a Tom Brady picture, now has a new target — Jim Harbaugh.

After the 49ers coach complained that Sherman and his secondary mates got away with too much contact, Sherman responded as only he can.

“Sometimes, man, when the bully gets bullied, that’s how that happens,” he said via Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “He’s the same guy who said the other guy was irrational and ignorant for talking about the refs.”

That’s in reference to Harbaugh’s previous beef with Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s belief that 49ers defensive end Justin Smith gets away with too much contact of his own.

Of course, Harbaugh’s guys got the important shot in by beating the Seahawks 13-6. The only shame is that we have to wait until Dec. 23 for the rematch.

56 responses to “Richard Sherman calls Jim Harbaugh a “bully”

  1. How does this article not even mention that Sherman player under Harbaugh at Stanford? That’s what makes this whole situation pretty damn interesting — a guy taking a shot at his former college coach.

  2. This will no doubt lead to a lot of Niners fans screaming “YEAH BUT SUCK IT YOU STILL LOST LOSER!!!!!111!!1!”

    Lest we forget, Niners, you’re two weeks removed from a THREE POINT SHOWING against the Giants, who you vowed to destroy.

  3. Not to split hairs, but there is a pretty big difference between what Gilbride did, which Harbaugh criticized and what Harbaugh himself did.

    Gilbride suggested before a game that Justin Smith constantly gets away with holding–a call that is rarely made against defensive linesmen, and an assertion that was made with no evidence–Justin Smith isn’t seen to hold players on tape.

    Jim Harbaugh suggested after a game that Seattle DBs were making a lot of contact with receivers past 5 yards in apparent violation with the rules–which is an assertion that holds up on tape in multiple games Seattle has played this year, not just against SF.

    Harbaugh wasn’t trying to influence the officiating or passive-aggressively criticize a player, he was seeking clarification on a rule that is ostensibly being selectively applied.

    But that doesn’t fit into the Harbaugh is a cry baby/bully narrative, so why bother pointing it out?

  4. I love the way the hawks secondary plays. It’s very physical and hard hitting. Yeah they get away with stuff but to me playing hard like that not being afraid of the call is the only way you should play. Of course if the penalties start getting called they might change but I hope not.

  5. If Harbaugh is on the record working the refs two weeks after calling out Gilbride, he’s an even bigger jack(wagon) then we all thought.

  6. webehighrollin says:Oct 24, 2012 8:16 PM

    Ofcourse Pete Carrolls players have no class.

    ==================================

    He was Jim Harbaugh’s player first, smart one. That little tid-bit makes this even more interesting and newsworthy.

    On a side note I can’t believe this guy fell to the 4th or 5th round. Hats off to Carroll and Co. for finding these gems and coaching them up.

  7. SF better never ever lose because once they do, Harbaugh’s crazy-eyed paranoid conspiracy theories and doublespeak is going to get old fast.

    December 23. Circled.

  8. nedfrog says: Oct 24, 2012 8:28 PM

    Not to split hairs, but there is a pretty big difference between what Gilbride did, which Harbaugh criticized and what Harbaugh himself did.

    Gilbride suggested before a game that Justin Smith constantly gets away with holding–a call that is rarely made against defensive linesmen, and an assertion that was made with no evidence–Justin Smith isn’t seen to hold players on tape.
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    1. It is illegal. Just as it goes for offensive linemen; they must let the player go when they turn. Smith holds, while tackles and guards are pulling or kicking out. Those are penalties. Keith Hamilton got called on an ESOTERIC one in Super Bowl XXXV, which killed what little chance the Giants had to win that game by wiping out a Pick 6 by Jessie Armstead. What Smith does is EGREGIOUS compared to that, and he never gets called for it.

    2. The assertion was made with two games of tape from last season (and likely other game film from other opponents) FULL of Smith doing it 10-15 times per game and never once getting flagged for it, often blowing up running plays because linemen can’t get a hat on a guy as a result.

    3. The very game that this was brought to light, NYG vs. SF, Aikman — predictably as he would have — says that “I dunno that Justin Smith does that”, while they CATCH HIM ON REPLAY HOLDING BEATTY AND BOOTHE just as Aikman chuckles and lies about it.

    But Forty Whiner fans still think everyone else is guilty of the world, but everything they do is fair and within the rules. Anthony Davis, Alex Boone and Joe Staley get away with more holding than any other linemen in FOOTBALL. And that includes Patriots and Cowboys linemen, who are the worst offenders on the film that I’ve watched over the past 5-6 years.

  9. nedfrog… it does fit in with the bag of wind theory. People that whine and complain about everything rarely have a logical reason. Yet if you cry foul every week your bound to get one correct now and then.

  10. So stupid to see PFT keep saying Harbaugh “complained”. Every decent coach sends officiating inquiries to the league after every game, and Harbaugh mentioned the unpenalized defensive holding in response to questions from reporters.

    The funny part is seeing the Seahawks respond as if they won the game. Nothin’ like trash talking a team that just beat you.

  11. Mr Wright 212 says,

    Patriots and Cowboys lineman who are the worst offenders “on the film that I’ve watched over the past 5-6 years”

    I suggest you contact NFL offices with your scouting observations based on your “film watching” over the past 5-6 years.

  12. @nedfrog says:
    Oct 24, 2012 8:28 PM

    You’re on the money. And Gilbride’s comment was unsolicited while Harbaugh’s was in response to a question the day after the game. He had some questions and sent a tape to the NFL . . . as NFL teams do EVERY week. I’m guessing he’ll add this subject matter to the no comment category in the future.

  13. As a Rams fan I love all these degenerates being in the NFC West. Finally, the wild west is making a comeback!

  14. Then I guess Mike Ditka was the king bully, since he had Harbaugh practically in tears on the sideline all those years ago. It was hilarious to watch then and it’s still hilarious to watch. Thank god for youtube.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:51 PM

    1. It is illegal. Just as it goes for offensive linemen; they must let the player go when they turn. Smith holds, while tackles and guards are pulling or kicking out. Those are penalties. Keith Hamilton got called on an ESOTERIC one in Super Bowl XXXV, which killed what little chance the Giants had to win that game by wiping out a Pick 6 by Jessie Armstead. What Smith does is EGREGIOUS compared to that, and he never gets called for it.

    2. The assertion was made with two games of tape from last season (and likely other game film from other opponents) FULL of Smith doing it 10-15 times per game and never once getting flagged for it, often blowing up running plays because linemen can’t get a hat on a guy as a result.

    3. The very game that this was brought to light, NYG vs. SF, Aikman — predictably as he would have — says that “I dunno that Justin Smith does that”, while they CATCH HIM ON REPLAY HOLDING BEATTY AND BOOTHE just as Aikman chuckles and lies about it.

    But Forty Whiner fans still think everyone else is guilty of the world, but everything they do is fair and within the rules. Anthony Davis, Alex Boone and Joe Staley get away with more holding than any other linemen in FOOTBALL. And that includes Patriots and Cowboys linemen, who are the worst offenders on the film that I’ve watched over the past 5-6 years.
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    Silly ignorant comments from an ignorant person. Thats what those are.

    All linemen hold. Both offense and defense. Thats a fact. The penalty is when the other guy is trying to get away, and holding him is the only thing keeping him with you. Being physical up front with guys and forcing their whole body back is called blocking, its what the line’s job is. Get your facts straight.

  16. coachjall says: Oct 24, 2012 8:43 PM

    Hey Richard, you only started 10 career games at Stanford. You mad bro?
    ______
    I doubt it, because he’s about to make millions as a stud NFL corner. Is DeMarcus Ware mad because Auburn, his hometown college, didn’t recruit him as heavily as the much smaller Troy University? Nah, I’m willing to bet he’s cool with it at this point.

  17. Sherman is a punk and a crybaby. The rule is clear – no contact after five yards. There is no clear rule on holding by a defensive lineman and the call is very rare. Sherman is just worried that refs will start making the calls. If he can’t cheat, he’s just not quick enough to stay with most wide receivers out of breaks. Refs start focusing on his illegal contact and he’s going to be getting burned over and over. Then, he can cry big wet tears about what a bully Harbaugh is.

    When I saw the picture of Sherman getting in Brady’s face and rubbing it in after winning a close one, I thought, what an a-hole. He deserves to get burned every week for that no-class show.

  18. The reason he fell to the fourth or fifth round is that he’s too big to play corner without cheating. Keep watching, fans. If he can’t grab and hold, he can’t break with wide receivers. There’s a reason you don’t see corners as large as the Hawks corners. The reason is the five yard rule and once they start enforcing it, the Hawks secondary will be toast.

  19. The Seahawks have gotten away with murder in every home
    Game they’ve played this year.

    The refs have really handed them mosted of their wins on a silver platter.

  20. haahha 49er fans crack me up.

    Harbaugh is a heck of a coach but just a complete jerk as a person.. A lot of great coaches are tho.

    49er fans are brining up the seahawk game like sherman played some sort of role in the loss.. The WRs he faced had like 1 catch..

    Right now, the 49ers are a much more polished team than Seattle.. Seattle is developing a nice team tho.. theyre completely delusional if they deny that.. that game was incredibly close. so was week 16 in sea last yr.

    gotta give harbaugh credit for his ability to coach/motivate but what he said in this case was laughable and just obnoxious. he won the game over his rival. he should be happy and not worry about how his wrs were physically handled by the top cb tandem in the league.

    this is completely contradictory to the gilbride stuff. sherman was right with what he said. you have to respect a man with confidence.. if anyone thinks sherman is a douche, they dont understand what the word means.

  21. A anyone who says Sherman was holding is simply lying. Why? Because you. Didnt see him doing it. Did he? Maybe but to say you saw him is simply untrue. You whiner fans are just following Harbaughs lead acting like you saw him holding when you didn’t. We all watched the telecast

  22. He was a bully when he hit a girl while pitching during a baseball game as a kid.

    Harbaugh looks more like a douche that does uncool things like the way he treated Jim Schwarz in 2011.

    He looks like someone who would say “good game, you’re a loser!”

    It also doesn’t help when you’re a full interviewee!

  23. He was a bully when he hit a girl at as a picture during the baseball game. This was mentioned on an episode of “HBO’s real sports with Bryant Gumbel”

    He’s more like a douche Because he can be uncool in situations such as his encounter with Jim Schwartz in 2011.

    It also doesn’t help when you’re a bad interviewee who is either dull or condescending.

  24. You SF/Harbaugh haters make me laugh.

    Ay Beastmode5150, how did that defensive line do against the Niners o-line?

    yeah thats what I thought punkmode

  25. Cmon, Sherman. You’re from Stanford, stop running your mouth..you’re supposed to be smarter than that…especially if its your former head coach when you were at Stanford….geez.

  26. Shouldn’t Sherman be thinking about Calvin Johnson? Harbaugh may very well be playing mind games with Sherman, but that would be Sherman’s fault for letting it work.

  27. It has obviously become a sport to bash Jim Harbaugh, and no doubt he brings some of that on himself with his comments when he should probably say nothing. That said, the earlier comment is exactly on saying that it is very different to call out a player for serially cheating right before a game compared to seeing what you think is holding by DBs and asking for clarification on the rules after the game. He thinks they held, but what he is doing is asking the league to take a look. If they take a look and say that is just good football, then he knows how to coach his players. If the league says that is holding that should have been called, then the refs are likely to get a refresher course on that topic. He is just asking for clarity going forward. That is good coaching, not random complaining. If you can’t see that, you are just too caught up in booing a coach you don’t like.

  28. Sherman is one of the best young corners in the game. He has all the speed and quickness in the world and can keep up with any receiver. Many pro bowls to come for both of those scary ass corners

  29. Harbaugh always looks agitated because his mouth is always open. He is a mouth breather. Sometimes stupid words come out too.

  30. Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll & Richard Sherman are all turds.

    Everyone here is yapping about which turd smells worse but guess what?

    They’re all turds, so it doesn’t matter.

  31. Harbaugh went into SF and now they are contenders, like flipping a light switch.

    As a Bills fan, I want Chan Gaily to take a few chapters from the harbaugh book.

  32. Java, they did poorly, but still as a team allowed 13 points and under 300 total yards. The niners will get their assets handed back to them when they come up to Seattle. The hawks have yet to have a home division game. The niners will be lucky to score in that game, let alone win.

  33. He is still thinking about that game? Time to move on to your next opponent. Scoreboard. Maybe next time it is different, but for now put it behind you….or are “U mad bro?” please with that garbage and your lack of sportsmanship….. Loving this rivalry though. 🙂

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