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.