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Jim Harbaugh was a Rams fan on Monday night

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Sometimes, football coaches aren’t football coaches.  They’re just football fans.

That’s what happened on Monday night for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who saw an opportunity to tie the Seahawks in the standings if the Rams could pull off the unexpected by scoring a touchdown on the final drive of the game.

Harbaugh was watching the game, but not as a coach.

“I was just really watching, you know?” Harbaugh told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “I wasn’t strategizing, I wasn’t paying attention to what fronts were being played or what the coverage was, I was just watching the outcome of the game.”

And, obviously, he wanted to see the Rams win.  Or, more accurately, to see the Seahawks lose.

“I was, I was rooting for St. Louis to score the touchdown, yes,” Harbaugh said.

Of course he was.  But it’s refreshing to hear a guy admit it, instead of providing some non-answer about how we can only control what we can control and we line up for our games and what happens in the other games isn’t our concern.

To his credit, Harbaugh knows that’s baloney.  If the Seahawks lose, the Niners win.  So why not root for the Seahawks to lose?

Especially if it means winning the division — and not having to go back to Seattle in January.

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22 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh was a Rams fan on Monday night”
  1. bobfromcali says: Oct 31, 2013 9:30 AM

    Wouldn’t the tie breaker go to the Seahawks anyway? Just a question?

  2. travelingwillies says: Oct 31, 2013 9:44 AM

    I respect that. At least he admits it.

    A bunch of coaches would lie and deny that saying “We don’t care what the other teams do, we are only worried about what we do” when that couldn’t be further from the truth

  3. damnsureis says: Oct 31, 2013 9:45 AM

    He’d be better off figuring out how to beat the Seahawks.

  4. dbara43 says: Oct 31, 2013 9:46 AM

    Yeah and what makes anybody believe they can beat us anyway? Last 3 games against us they’ve scored 13, 13, and 3.

  5. cowboysaretheworst says: Oct 31, 2013 9:46 AM

    Of course he wants the Seahawks to lose. It’s the only way SF can win the division.

  6. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 31, 2013 9:52 AM

    This clown can’t keep the Seahawks out of his mouth.

  7. asimonetti88 says: Oct 31, 2013 9:53 AM

    So glad he is our coach! Say what you want about him but he delivers results!

  8. archx says: Oct 31, 2013 10:10 AM

    Here come the hawks fans

  9. h4wksf4n says: Oct 31, 2013 10:20 AM

    I can picture jim screaming at tv like does on the sidelines saying “Its not fair!!”

    *ugliest game ever but least we came out with a win

  10. jimmyt says: Oct 31, 2013 10:20 AM

    I just wonder if the Hawks got the wakeup call. The Rams already anemic offense lost their QB (that most just don’t want to admit was in the top three this season and a pretty damn good QB) and they still took Seattle down to the wire. In fact with only slightly better offensive play the Rams would have blown out the Hawks. A good defense with exceptional pass rushers is going to give Wilson fits every time and if the Hawks want to win they will quit acting like they have already won the Super Bowl address that.

  11. 49erdynasty says: Oct 31, 2013 10:23 AM

    It depends which tie breaker. Say both teams win out from here except Seattle losing at San Francisco, well then the niners would win the division because of strength of victory. The two teams have played all the same opponents except Green Bay/Minnesota and Washington/New York (the niners playing the former out of each division and thus having a better strength of victory).

  12. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:53 AM

    This is going to probably come down to December 8th for the division. Little Jimmy Harbaugh shouldn’t be obsessing over the Seahawks but figuring out how he is going to beat a tough Panther team that is packing a nasty front 7 after their bye week.

  13. seahawkgoat says: Oct 31, 2013 12:24 PM

    Aldon Smith went to rehab

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:49 PM

    At least he admits it, since he knows they are going to lose at home to Seattle also, thereby rendering them the 5 seed.

    And they better hope their owners don’t win the NFC East. So he should be a Dallas fan the rest of the season also, correct?

  15. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 31, 2013 2:33 PM

    49erdynasty says: Oct 31, 2013 10:23 AM

    It depends which tie breaker. Say both teams win out from here except Seattle losing at San Francisco, well then the niners would win the division because of strength of victory. The two teams have played all the same opponents except Green Bay/Minnesota and Washington/New York (the niners playing the former out of each division and thus having a better strength of victory).
    +++++++++++++++++++

    Except San Fran will lose at New Orleans and possibly at Washington.

  16. citynative says: Oct 31, 2013 2:44 PM

    Good ol’ Mr.Wright 212. Nice to see you again. The Giants win two games vs. bad teams and your back on Niners articles. You aint lyin though, yall might win the worst division in football.

  17. 49erdynasty says: Oct 31, 2013 3:06 PM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    Oct 31, 2013 2:33 PM
    49erdynasty says: Oct 31, 2013 10:23 AM

    It depends which tie breaker. Say both teams win out from here except Seattle losing at San Francisco, well then the niners would win the division because of strength of victory. The two teams have played all the same opponents except Green Bay/Minnesota and Washington/New York (the niners playing the former out of each division and thus having a better strength of victory).
    +++++++++++++++++++

    Except San Fran will lose at New Orleans and possibly at Washington.

    ————————————-

    We could potentially lose any game the rest of the way, I was talking hypothetically.

  18. sethandfalon says: Oct 31, 2013 5:27 PM

    To correct the flaw in the article and comments, this will set it straight. SF actually does control its own destiny and so does Seattle. If Sea wins out but loses at SF and SF wins all the rest of their games, SF will win the tiebreaker at 14-2 based on SOV. Of course true that Monday’s game at St Louis doesn’t change the two scenarios above for tiebreaking but helps in other scenarios to make it easier for SF to win the division. No way in hell Harbaugh wants to have to go to Seattle in January.

  19. claymus1 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:58 PM

    Pretty inane talking tiebreakers half way thru the season….

  20. capn0bvious says: Oct 31, 2013 9:28 PM

    He must have a cast iron reinforced tv with bulletproof screen, for it to be able to withstand his temper.

  21. adderal says: Nov 2, 2013 11:59 AM

    If they have to go to Seattle for a playoff game they can win up there. They have won in NO, NE and Green bay recently. All of those were thought to be impossible wins in the playoffs until someone beat them. It would be tough but it could happen

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 2, 2013 2:50 PM

    citynative says: Oct 31, 2013 2:44 PM

    Good ol’ Mr.Wright 212. Nice to see you again. The Giants win two games vs. bad teams and your back on Niners articles. You aint lyin though, yall might win the worst division in football.
    ————–

    I comment on everything, because I watch every game. Grow a set and a spine instead of whining like a teenage girl in need of a half dozen midols whenever someone speaks truth about your team.

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