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Harbaugh denies honking at Seahawks, offers no update on Justin Smith’s status

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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t have much time to lick his wounds after Sunday night’s thrashing at the hands of the Seahawks before he had to meet the media on Monday.

There wasn’t much interesting in talking about the things that went wrong in the game with Harbaugh only saying that the team needed to fix their mistakes. He did address a question about whether he honked at and mockingly saluted the Seahawks’ team bus at the end of the 49ers’ win in their first meeting of the year.

“No. No, that did not occur. That’s a fabrication,” Harbaugh said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I can’t remember a time where I left the game and the other team has still been there this entire season.”

He also gave some limited updates on the status of some of the injured members of the team. Harbaugh said “we’ll see” when asked if defensive lineman Justin Smith, who missed Sunday night’s game, would need surgery on his elbow after the season. He gave no indication about Smith’s chances of playing in Week 17, saying only that Smith has “an issue that he’s working through.”

Harbaugh also said that wide receiver Mario Manningham was going to have an MRI after suffering what looked like a severe knee injury on Sunday night. There was no update on tight end Vernon Davis, who suffered a concussion against the Seahawks.

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40 Responses to “Harbaugh denies honking at Seahawks, offers no update on Justin Smith’s status”
  1. justjoevideo says: Dec 24, 2012 5:46 PM

    POOR 49ers. :(

  2. vienners says: Dec 24, 2012 5:55 PM

    Seems like complete fabrication to divert attention from his cheating ways. Yes, Sherman we believe you like your contaminated urine cup story.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Dec 24, 2012 5:55 PM

    Lying like a Harbaugh … A new catch phrase.

  4. egghead says: Dec 24, 2012 5:59 PM

    Just admit it Jim, you’re a Honky.

  5. dannyreneau says: Dec 24, 2012 6:00 PM

    Of course he denied it. What was he gonna say, “oh yeah, I remember that, lol. Bazinga, Seahawks!”

  6. thefox61 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:05 PM

    He also denies playing the Seahawks last night. It was just a bad dream…

  7. commonsensedude says: Dec 24, 2012 6:06 PM

    This is coming from the same guy who declared publicly that Alex Smith was still the starter even though he had just benched him? Just checking .mm

  8. seahawkgoat says: Dec 24, 2012 6:09 PM

    Didn’t honk – Didn’t want Peyton – Alex Smith is his starter – Harbaugh is a good coach

    See that? All those are lies

  9. sampulls says: Dec 24, 2012 6:11 PM

    This guy seems like a bit of a clown!?!?

  10. rajbais says: Dec 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    Regardless of the quarterback position they do not have enough weapons to create a a dominant passing game.

    AJ who??? He is a rookie wide receiver from Illinois who is not even getting any playing time?

  11. vegagreenleaf says: Dec 24, 2012 6:21 PM

    Who cares? Honk or no honk, the Seahawks obviously felt motivated…

  12. sactown9er916 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:28 PM

    That was a beatdown we took last night. Ima need coach to get the team together, re-group and fix what they see on film… Which in last night’s case, was alot.
    Seattle played with a ton more energy than we did. 3rd down defense was a killer last night. I gotta admit, if thats Russell Wilson that can do that consistently with Marshawn bustin that way, watch out NFL and the NFC West just got very very perennially interesting.
    Good job ‘Hawks, I for one can win AND lose with class. The rest of you fat mouth fans for ALL teams need to grow up.

  13. profootballwalk says: Dec 24, 2012 6:32 PM

    If you can talk after a win, be man enough to talk after a loss.

  14. hawktawker says: Dec 24, 2012 6:34 PM

    Thanks for the show of class sac town!

  15. realdealsteel says: Dec 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    Harbaugh is a list as well as a bad person.

  16. gbpbacker84 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:40 PM

    Sactown calling himself classy seems pretty classless.

  17. ripster65 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:44 PM

    As a 49er fan, I’d have much rather won that game last night that the NE game. I’ll take a win over a divsion rival over a meaningless inter-conference game anytime. Thankfully, the 49ers can at still win the division and at least gain a home playoff game by beating AZ at home next week. Nice job ‘Hawks.

  18. sactown9er916 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:01 PM

    “Sactown calling himself classy seems pretty classless.”

    Maybe so bro, im just irritated with all these catz runnin their mouths on here making us diehards look bad, when they’re the first ones to take their gear off before the half in games like last night and proclaim loyalty to another team when they head out. I apologize for any misconception.

  19. bnwpnw says: Dec 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    A “fabrication” like their non-pursuit pursuit of Peyton Manning last year?

    Or a “fabrication” like Harbaugh’s support for Alex Smith earlier this year?

    It’s like the Nixon White House over there.

    Watch your back Kaepernick.

  20. seattlerogueburner says: Dec 24, 2012 7:23 PM

    Class or no class, I’m loving the rivalry we got going on. Past few years the talent has been one sided. Now both teams are sporting Super Bowl type runs.

  21. mrgrant23 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:02 PM

    Fail Mary….
    The simple answer is we shouldn’t even be talking about the Seahawks in playoffs. But things happen. Don’t get two excited Seahawk fans this is only the second time in history Pete beat Jim, have fun losing for the next ten years.

  22. gbpbacker84 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:04 PM

    I understand where you are coming from Sactown. I was at the playoff beatdown my Packers took on the chin against the Giants last year and it definitely hurt. Things looked really bleak after the Giants game a few weeks ago as well, but it goes to show that strong teams can rebound from bad games. Kudos for keeping the faith and not overreacting after every single game, good or bad, like most people tend to do. The 49ers and Seahawks will be contenders for years to come, and there is definitely no shame in losing when you have to deal with the 12th man. Good luck in the NFC Playoffs, I definitely view it as a 3 horse race between Atlanta, San Fran, and Green Bay. Seattle isn’t experienced enough yet to win 3 road playoff games. God forbid they get the #1 seed next year though, not sure any team has a shot in that stadium to be quite honest.

  23. ninerhatersgetready4ring6 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:08 PM

    @justjoevideo

    It’s amazing how the haters come out after a bad loss and you can never see any positive comments after a big win like NE last week. Give credit where it’s due the SeaHawks dominated from the beginning and my Niners never responded simple as that. Reading back on past post I’ve never seen a justjoevideo. Poor 49ers? Don’t feel sorry for the Niners that was only the 4th loss of the season there are 5 other teams that have that amount of wins for the whole season. Let’s hear from you when the playoffs start, that’s when the games matter.

  24. goldrush36 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:08 PM

    seahawkgoat says:
    Dec 24, 2012 6:09 PM
    Didn’t honk – Didn’t want Peyton – Alex Smith is his starter – Harbaugh is a good coach

    See that? All those are lies
    _______________________________________

    And yet that was only the second time your boy Pete has ever beat him. This is also Carrol’s first winning season in the nfl. Facts are facts that Harbaugh has a much better record. So one winning season out of like 8 in the nfl.. and you’re talking about someone not being a good coach yeaaaaah

  25. raiderrob21 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:27 PM

    Your a sore loser Harblow. Not so fun when your the one getting your ass handed to you huh? Win with class, lose with class. Nether of which youve done since you went to the Whiners.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!

  26. skilaufenhase says: Dec 24, 2012 8:37 PM

    The Seahawks hold like no other team in the league.

  27. ripster65 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:46 PM

    raiderrob21 says:Dec 24, 2012 8:27 PM

    Your a sore loser Harblow. Not so fun when your the one getting your ass handed to you huh? Win with class, lose with class. Nether of which youve done since you went to the Whiners.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!
    ——————————

    Wow, are you a bitter lil’ fella! Settle down, Tiger. The 49ers still win the division if they beat AZ at home next week so it’s not the end of the world. Your grammar is another issue….”your”…? Hard to take you seriously when you don’t know the difference in “your” and “you’re”

  28. ripster65 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:48 PM

    oh wait! just saw the RAIDER NATION part…”you’re” excused.

  29. raiderapologist says: Dec 24, 2012 9:06 PM

    Those Seahawks are just a bunch of jive turkey gobblers.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 9:06 PM

    guitarkevin says:
    Dec 24, 2012 2:57 PM
    I understand it

  31. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 24, 2012 9:20 PM

    Whatever. SF beats AZ by 40 next week, gets a bye, regroups and is going to be a very tough out in the playoffs.

  32. sactown9er916 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:35 PM

    Gotta bounce back. I’ll be at the Arizona game Sunday when we snatch this division up. Hopefully Minnesota can help out n give us that bye back but at the same time I think we need to get back on the field for a wild card game. Im 50/50 in the preference though.

  33. tubbman27 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:38 PM

    Actually gold rush this isn’t Carroll’s first winning season. He won ten games with the pats on his way to a number one seed and 9 games the next. Not the colossal failure you like to remember him as. I really don’t understand the hate for Pete. He’s an enthusiastic coach who at 61 coaches with a passion not matched by men half his age.

  34. kane337 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:17 PM

    Honked? Was he driving the team bus? I don’t get it.

  35. mflo951 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:52 PM

    I said it b4 and I’ll say it again. Without Justin Smith holding an o-linemen ( illegally), Aldon Smith cannot pressure the QB. Without consistent pressure on the QB, the rest of the 49er defense will not hold up.

  36. badintent says: Dec 24, 2012 10:54 PM

    A certain Detroit coach needs an explanation on hand shakes

  37. herkulease says: Dec 24, 2012 11:12 PM

    The story was stupid from the start and made no sense.

    Every NFL team buses the players and staff all to the game regardless of if they live close to the stadium or not. They even make players sleep in a team hotel the night before even if its a home game.

    I highly doubt Harbaugh was allowed to drive around one of the buses(You know its a liability to the bus company and all) just waiting to run into the one of several the Seahawks buses and honked and wave.

    Its more likely one of the many bus drivers, honked and waved to signal the driver of Seahawks bus to go.

  38. thefox61 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:11 AM

    skilaufenhase says:
    Dec 24, 2012 8:37 PM
    The Seahawks hold like no other team in the league.
    ••••••••••••
    Except like every other team in the league.

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:04 AM

    mflo951 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:52 PM

    I said it b4 and I’ll say it again. Without Justin Smith holding an o-linemen ( illegally), Aldon Smith cannot pressure the QB. Without consistent pressure on the QB, the rest of the 49er defense will not hold up.
    —————-

    Said it all year. I cannot stand Killdrive, but he was spot on with that comment he made. And Flaherty had the guys avoiding Smith’s holding. He does it 30+ times a game. Without it last night, you didn’t even HEAR Aldon Smith’s name called after the intros.

  40. joetoronto says: Dec 25, 2012 6:30 AM

    Everybody crowned this clown as a “Great HC” while things were going good.

    It’s when things go bad that you know who’s good and who isn’t.

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