Jack Harbaugh not getting involved in debating no-call

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Jim Harbaugh started questioning the call immediately, but his dad took the high road.

Jack Harbaugh (perhaps you heard, the father of the Super Bowl coaches), said he wasn’t going to insert himself into the debate about the fourth-down no-call on a pass toward Michael Crabtree which ended the 49ers’ Super Bowl chances.

“Well I’m not going there as you can imagine. I refuse to get in that debate,” Jack Harbaugh said during an interview with ESPNChicago radio (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). “It comes down to a play like that; that’s maybe the play that will be most remembered, but in a game like that that goes for 60 minutes, there are so many plays that are going to swing it.

“For me it’s the great pride in John, the five years that he’s been in the NFL and the journey that he took to get there, from the graduate assistant getting no pay at all.  The working all the different places that he worked, me and Jackie were filled with tremendous pride.  And then, of course, Jim took a little different route with the 15 years in the NFL and then took the University of San Diego job, he worked himself to where he is, and to be down 28-6 and find a way to rally to get to that position on the goal line, so much pride in what he’s been able to do with the San Francisco 49ers team, and it didn’t just happen in this game, it’s been a journey over the last two years in what he’s been able to accomplish.”

The Harbaugh parents successfully walked the tightrope between sons in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

And Jack’s probably old enough and wise enough to know that a similar no-call got Jim into the Super Bowl to begin with, so complaining about it now would be in poor taste.

18 responses to “Jack Harbaugh not getting involved in debating no-call

  1. He’s admitting it too! When the guy dresses up like Odin and the tweets the truth later on, he’ll be sorry he didn’t admit it here. There isn’t much use for him to discredit Flacco anyway, that’s the xfactor here.

  2. Why aren’t people debating the helmet-to-helmet collision on the receiver on third down, the play immediately prior? I thought there was no room for interpretation in this rule—if the helmet snaps back its a penalty regardless of the game situation. The receiver was coming out of the backfield turned back looking to catch the swing and was then clocked cold turkey by the DB in a helmet-to-helmet hit. It was a meaningless no-gain play but still, it was a hit that will certainly inflict brain trauma down the road so thus the flag should have been thrown.

  3. I wish 49er fans and others would stop all this “pass interference” hullabaloo. The game was NOT lost on that one play. In fact, it was lost by terrible play calling by the 49ers in the redzone and a lack of execution by the 49er players, period point blank!

    But if we are to get in the whole “the refs screwed me” debate, then the same can be said about the blatant late hit out of bounds on Joe Flacco by the 49er defender. Had the ref called that penalty (occurred on the Ravnes next to last drive of the 4th quarter), the Ravens would have gotten an automatic first down near the 49ers 5-8 yard line with a fresh set of downs, with just inside 5 minutes on the clock. The Ravens WOULD have scored a TD from that distance instead of settling for a FG; making it a 2 score game with about under 3 minutes left.

  4. I can imagine pop Harbaugh consoling John after the game. “That’s okay, Tiger! If you work hard and stay out of trouble, maybe we can get you that Super Bowl ring next year.”

  5. Last time I checked, a PI call doesn’t automatically give you 6 points, so why act like if you got the call you would have won the game?

  6. Peter King’s apologetics for the flagrant holding (‘mugging’ in his words) — blaming it on a non-existent technicality — is getting old.

  7. Worst call of the game was the running into the kicker, it was an obvious roughing call and should have given the 49ers a first down.

  8. I’ve never understood the excuse that one play never decides the outcome of a closely-contested game. Of course one play can — and usually does — decide the outcome of a closely-contested play: The Immaculate Reception, The Catch, The Fumble… Why must we pretend otherwise just to appease the losing team and its fanbase?

  9. why do they alwats talk about that last play of no call the whole game was bad officiating to begin with only 2 calls against the Ravens the whole game you figure that one if the Super Bowl was FIXED or not

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