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Pete Carroll says Jim Harbaugh has done “a marvelous job”

Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh AP

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll may be seeking to thaw the frosty relationship between his team and the division rival 49ers.

Asked in an interview on NFL Network about the war of words that has erupted between his team and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Carroll didn’t take the bait and instead talked about how much respect he has for the defending NFC West champions.

“They’re a great program,” Carroll said of the 49ers. “They’ve done a marvelous job since Jim took over and they’ve done it all on the field. We respect that our division has really changed, we’ve changed along with it, and every single game we play is the biggest rival that we would ever know. . . . They’ve done some really cool things and play exciting football, and we love matching up with the division.”

Carroll and Harbaugh have had a rivalry dating back years, since before either of them were in their current jobs. In 2009, Carroll angrily asked Harbaugh, “What’s your deal?” when Harbaugh’s Stanford team ran up the score against Carroll’s USC team, and the two of them haven’t hidden the fact that while they may respect each other as coaches, they don’t particularly like each other.

But Carroll also seems to recognize that a public war of words with Harbaugh isn’t a wise idea, especially considering that the subject of the latest back-and-forth between the two teams, focusing on the Seahawks having several players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs, doesn’t exactly cast Carroll’s team in a positive light. And so Carroll is offering up a positive view of the Seahawks’ chief rivals.

Which will do nothing to diminish the rivalry when the teams meet on the field this season.

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56 Responses to “Pete Carroll says Jim Harbaugh has done “a marvelous job””
  1. Slim Charles says: Jun 15, 2013 12:23 PM

    Carrol is probably banking on some 49ers players eventually getting popped for roids and making Harbaugh look dumb. Good move, all teams use them.

  2. cliffordc05 says: Jun 15, 2013 12:24 PM

    Pete is not a whiner. He has a lot of detractors but the guy always stays positive and it is not phony.

  3. sbmichel says: Jun 15, 2013 12:26 PM

    It doesn’t matter that these two don’t like each other or want to grab a beer together. They were fierce rivals in the PAC-12 and now they have brought legitimacy to what used to be the worse division in the NFL. But you can bet they respect the hell out of each other because the other guy is a really good coach.

  4. nfloracle says: Jun 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    Always the politician… that’s Pete “Color Me Positive” Carrol.

    Personally, I think the guy’s a good coach but a phony as a human being with his Mr. Positive schtick.

  5. fumblenuts says: Jun 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    Legion Of BOOM! Will do the talking come week 2 at the Clink.

    Go Hawks!

  6. sf495x says: Jun 15, 2013 12:28 PM

    Is it just me or does Pete Carroll look like an old lesbian grandmother?

  7. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jun 15, 2013 12:31 PM

    Tit for tat Pete, tit for tat.

  8. stoptrippn says: Jun 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    Another lie Pete.

  9. ringwormsherm says: Jun 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    Class vs ASS. Harblow spouts off at the mouth and Carrol takes the high road. Speaks volumes to the organizations and fan bases. GO HAWKS!

  10. kd75 says: Jun 15, 2013 12:40 PM

    Did he add that the sky is blue and water makes you wet?

    Captain Obvious.

  11. redeemerac says: Jun 15, 2013 12:41 PM

    I love how the above poster says his organization is “Class” just weeks after ANOTHER playing getting busted for cheating. Please….both coaches and teams are not without their worts.

    Every team in the league has their issues.

  12. chillmodedlb says: Jun 15, 2013 12:46 PM

    Spouts off at the mouth? Is he speculating about the Seahawks PED issues? Not so much. So lording over a team that has numerous offenders makes you classy now?

  13. socatra says: Jun 15, 2013 12:48 PM

    Weren’t the Harbaugh comments were taken out of context? two different questions and the answers combined,anyway, both coaches don’t seem to endear themselves to the public.

  14. jbcommonsense says: Jun 15, 2013 12:49 PM

    Redskin fan here. Harbaugh reached the SB in his 2nd year so clearly he has done a great job, and Carroll, who is also building a strong contender, was classy for taking the high road, and saying so.

  15. throw46 says: Jun 15, 2013 12:49 PM

    Pom Pom got my deep respect too despite all his antics,
    Any guy that would put his life at risk and go into to the LA getto
    to help those left out, is something really special.

    Harbaugh is really just a phony and his time will come for all to see.

  16. jjh1982 says: Jun 15, 2013 12:56 PM

    Seahawks and Vikings fans are the most classless fans out there, they talk the talk when their team is winning but when they lose they go hide under a rock, and don’t have the balls to admit their wrong

  17. grilsteav says: Jun 15, 2013 12:57 PM

    Pete the Cheat at USC and now in Seattle, it still couldn’t win the hawks the division title or the NFC title like the niners accomplished. AHAHAHA GO NINERS!!!

    seahawks the superbowless LOSERS!!!!!!!
    we may have lost this past SB but kiss our FIVE rings

  18. mungman69 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:02 PM

    A couple of years ago the NFC west was a joke. Now it sports maybe the two best teams in the NFC.

  19. 12thmanseattle says: Jun 15, 2013 1:03 PM

    MDS can you please for once just give Pete Carroll a shred of credit? every article this site writes about anything always has to end painting him in a fairly negative light. the guy came in and turned a team into a contender in 2 years and they are now possible favorites for the super bowl next year. He did this all while being a consumate professional as well as an outstanding role model and face of the franchise. Could you honestly ask for a better human being to be coaching your team? I for one am proud that we can call him coach.

  20. prmpft says: Jun 15, 2013 1:04 PM

    …a marvelous job of alienating himself from anyone who is not a bigger prick than he is…

  21. whatjusthapped says: Jun 15, 2013 1:04 PM

    What Pete is really trying to say is that he is impressed that Jim Harbaugh has gotten the 49ers to play at such a high level without PED’s. Or more accurately, without having any of his players get caught.

    Pete wants in on the secret because he is incapable of coaching a clean team, college or pro.

  22. spideysdog says: Jun 15, 2013 1:06 PM

    I have said all along, I think this Hawks team may be the best set for a Super Bowl run, and yet, I’m not even sure we are the best team in our own division.

    this is a great rivalry. both teams are stacked. Pete pushes the envelope, and Harbaugh whines like a school girl. everyone has their thorns. I’m just looking forward to years of a great rivalry.

  23. Brinke says: Jun 15, 2013 1:07 PM

    See you this fall, Coach Carroll. What’s your DEAL?
    #Goniners

  24. theimmaculatedeception says: Jun 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    This whole deal started right after Harbaugh took the Stanford job. Before the Cardinal and Trojans even played each other, Jim threw Pete under the bus by saying Pete was getting ready to leave USC. That may or may not be true but Harbaugh launched the first shot unsolicited outing Carroll.

    The gamesmanship might have worked because shortly after, Stanford beat Carroll and the Trojans 24-23 in the greatest college football upset ever.

    Seems Harbaugh plays the game off the field too for what its worth.

  25. 12thmanseattle says: Jun 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    jjh1982 says:
    Jun 15, 2013 12:56 PM
    Seahawks and Vikings fans are the most classless fans out there, they talk the talk when their team is winning but when they lose they go hide under a rock, and don’t have the balls to admit their wrong

    Every fanbase has those fans so quit with the Such and Such teams fans are the worst garbage..Also when one shares their opinion on classless or anything else for that matter a slight understanding of the english language and proper use of the word their would help.. Ill help you out though..its they’re wrong..you’re welcome

  26. baymac408 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:15 PM

    You SEAHAWKS do all your talking every where but the field! Except when u win 1 out of 4 games.. Again you guys are looking forward to playing THE NINERS as your Super Bowl

  27. 49erstim says: Jun 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    Aww snap! He done did it now!

  28. dirtydrew says: Jun 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    The Seadderall Cheathawks do PED’s, the 49ers get DUI’s. Both need to work on some things. Go 49ers.

  29. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:24 PM

    As a 49ers and USC fan I can honestly say Pete’s a fun guy, good coach and he’s done a great job in Seattle. We’ve got one heck of a rivalry on our hands now that’s for darn tootin’ !

  30. vikescry1 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:33 PM

    that’s for darn tootin? what does that mean???

  31. trollingforjustice says: Jun 15, 2013 1:34 PM

    I saw the interview and i now have a better take on Pete Carrol…that was class the way hew handled it.
    he even gave the 49ers some dap…i like him better now than before

  32. lionsdraftguy says: Jun 15, 2013 1:47 PM

    Jim Harbaugh IS a great coach, no doubt. Hes just dirty, classless, has a big mouth, and coaches for the most classless organization in football.

  33. niner13 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:50 PM

    From which side of his mouth did he say that?

  34. markustt says: Jun 15, 2013 1:56 PM

    Harbaugh comments on another team’s PED issues. Carroll says another team’s coach has done a great job. That’s the difference between these two guys.

  35. kuranda84 says: Jun 15, 2013 2:08 PM

    I’m loving this rivalry. These guys can’t stand each other and I love it. It makes every game the game of the week.

    On that note, Harbough is definately trying to take the Hawks down a peg. Anything to smear and cloudy the memory of a 42-13 beat down last season.

    See you soon. Go Hawks!

  36. jayniner says: Jun 15, 2013 2:09 PM

    Fun story and all but more inportantly……

    50 DAYS UNTIL FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!!!!

  37. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    lionsdraftguy says:
    Jun 15, 2013 1:47 PM
    Jim Harbaugh IS a great coach, no doubt. Hes just dirty, classless, has a big mouth, and coaches for the most classless organization in football.

    ———————

    Why do I have this image of you being this guy “living in a van down by the river eating a steady diet of government cheese” or still living in your mom’s basement while a 3-day old spaghetti stain hardens on your 2-week old Ocean Pacific button up??

  38. citynative says: Jun 15, 2013 2:47 PM

    The Seahawks fans mentioning the word class? 6 suspensions due to roids, blaming a SB loss entirely on the refs, a coach who left college knowing NCAA penalties were coming, the biggest mouth on a player in the NFL, a celebrating a song that calls an opposing coach a douche. Real class. Every organization has its bad points and good points, good fans and bad fans. Stop acting like your above it.

    Keep celebrating a regular season win, a big hit on our tight end, a flag with a slogan stolen from a college, and opposing false starts induced by your stadium which is engineered to keep the noise in. We will celebrate real success….past, present, and future.

    P.S. Where did Holmgren, Carroll, and Lynch grow up?

  39. bobhk says: Jun 15, 2013 2:55 PM

    @lionsdraftguy says:
    Jun 15, 2013 1:47 PM
    Jim Harbaugh IS a great coach, no doubt. Hes just dirty, classless, has a big mouth, and coaches for the most classless organization in football.

    ——–
    ….and right on cue the guy with no life with (almost) nothing positive to say is here….

  40. alphadux2u says: Jun 15, 2013 3:07 PM

    I’m just looking forward to the backslap at mid-field from Jim.

  41. 12thmanseattle says: Jun 15, 2013 3:09 PM

    The Seahawks fans mentioning the word class? 6 suspensions due to roids, blaming a SB loss entirely on the refs, a coach who left college knowing NCAA penalties were coming, the biggest mouth on a player in the NFL, a celebrating a song that calls an opposing coach a douche. Real class. Every organization has its bad points and good points, good fans and bad fans. Stop acting like your above it.

    Keep celebrating a regular season win, a big hit on our tight end, a flag with a slogan stolen from a college, and opposing false starts induced by your stadium which is engineered to keep the noise in. We will celebrate real success….past, present, and future.

    P.S. Where did Holmgren, Carroll, and Lynch grow up?

    ___________________________________

    With that logic lets talk about the biggest mouth in the NfL..I’m assuming you mean Sherman. Where is he from again? Oh yeah thats right CALIFORNIA.What college? Stanford..You guys have somebody from stanford there somewhere don’t you? oh yeah thats right your head coach used to coach “the biggest mouth in the NFL”.
    Also..Again when youre voicing your opinion on class or anything else please for the love of god learn the proper use of words.”Stop acting like your above it” see a problem?
    Your team has a long storied history of which nobody would ever dispute but the way some of you act nowadays I would venture to guess that Rice,Young,Montana and others would be quite embarassed you rooted for them.

  42. savilo831 says: Jun 15, 2013 3:24 PM

    Are you people friggin blind or just plain dumb? Carrol is the biggest prick out there. Harbaugh is and has always been intense and competive and the dude is an outstanding coach! He wins where ever he goes. Carrol said it right, it shows on the field.

  43. citynative says: Jun 15, 2013 4:00 PM

    @12thmanseattle

    Did I strike a nerve? I will consider my post the truth since the only matter you corrected was my grammar. YOU ARE correct about that.

  44. milehigh49er says: Jun 15, 2013 4:27 PM

    Pete Carrolls a polesmoker

  45. thefhaloanguy says: Jun 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    Since the handshake I’ve know one thing: harbaug is a back stabbing punk. His attitude stinks and shows every time you see him. Reminds me of Forest Gregg.

  46. bkh405 says: Jun 15, 2013 5:04 PM

    You kids keep hashing and rehashing that ‘rivalry’ out. Meanwhile in STL, where the team that went 5-1-1 in the division is SILENTLY working on improving, we’re going to enjoy hearing you say, “Where the hell did that come from?!”

  47. seahawkfan4evr says: Jun 15, 2013 5:10 PM

    Most of the niners fans on this site are obviously band wagoners who weren’t even alive the last time the niners won anything significant.

    Seattle will be back to dominating the division his year
    Go hawks

  48. boyshole25 says: Jun 15, 2013 5:26 PM

    Made the laughing stock division fr ten years turn into the best and one of the best rivalries to watch

  49. 84straightcashhomey says: Jun 15, 2013 5:30 PM

    Pete Carroll keeps letting his players dip into his secret stash

  50. pop562 says: Jun 15, 2013 5:39 PM

    Texas A & M started the 12th man slogan but how many Seahawks fan knew that? In addition, last time I check…Petey is a big San Francisco Giants fan. Talk about supporting the local teams.

  51. seaeagle707 says: Jun 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    I do love it so, reading all of these Whiners supporters, who are finally admitting that the Ravens are a much better team than the red and gold. For a while I thought you all might be bitter towards the team from Baltimore. But now I see it for what it is, you are full of respect for the team that manhandled you and left you for dead in New Orleans. Way to go, Whiners!!!

  52. osiris33 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:42 PM

    In case you 49ers whiners didn’t notice, you’re 0- for the 21 st century. We Seahawks fans laugh at you because all you can point to is ancient history. Using your standard the Italians should the most feared military in the world.

    Get with it. It’s a new century, and you losers are oh-for-it. And the Seahawks are going to keep it that way for a long time to come.

  53. briank1ne says: Jun 15, 2013 7:54 PM

    It’s gonna be nice watching the Niners this year. See you on the field boys!

  54. chawkup says: Jun 15, 2013 8:20 PM

    Pumped up for the season to start!!! Gonna be fun! Hawks-Niners will get the most publicity, but there are four good teams in this division. I can’t wait for the fun to begin.

  55. jahmic says: Jun 16, 2013 8:08 AM

    going to be some good games between them this year. Looking forward to it.

  56. darryl9ers says: Jun 17, 2013 4:12 PM

    Pete Carroll wasn’t being classy he understands that we’re the superior football team it’s the same thing boxers do with Floyd mayweather they know not to make him mad or the beating will be more brutal FYI I can’t stand Floyd. Now I wonder where the PED and Roid cabinet is located at the Seahawks facility. Keep taking them hawks fans cause I’m gonna enjoy this for a long time.

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