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.

40 responses to “Harbaugh denies honking at Seahawks, offers no update on Justin Smith’s status

  1. 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

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

    See that? All those are lies

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. @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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!!!!!!

  13. 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”

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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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