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Harbaugh's take on Manning 'joke' around NFL

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10:00 AM ET 06.10 | More than a week after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declared that his team didn't "pursue" or "flirt with" but merely "evaluated" quarterback Peyton Manning, folks throughout the NFL are getting a kick out the comments. No one believes it. No one. As in not anyone. Per a source with knowledge of the Peyton chase, no one should. And the total disbelief in league circles has made the issue a "running joke." The Niners didn't simply kick Manning's tires. There were in it until the very end. Though the Broncos, 49ers, and Titans were regarded as the finalists, it actually came down, we're told, to Denver and San Francisco. The real question is whether Jim Harbaugh lost any credibility in his own locker room, specifically with his own quarterback. With Smith being represented by Tom Condon, who also represents Peyton Manning, Smith has fairly immediate access to the truth.

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June 10, 2012  10:06 AM ET

What do you expect from a guy who smiles like a used car salesman?

June 10, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Wow. Can you proofread these articles before posting them?

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June 10, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Seriously, Alex Smith needs to get the hell over it. What should he expect the 49ers to do? Peyton is still a huge upgrade over Smith.

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June 10, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Harbaugh is the JOKE.............

At least the Harbaugh brothers produce results, not like the Ryan brothers....


<I am not a fan of either pair>

June 10, 2012  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

At least the Harbaugh brothers produce results, not like the Ryan brothers....<I am not a fan of either pair>

+1

June 10, 2012  10:35 AM ET

Does it really matter what Smith thinks? He's got the job; now he just needs to shut up and deliver. Don't whine; show everybody.


I just don't think he can.

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June 10, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Does it really matter what Smith thinks? He's got the job; now he just needs to shut up and deliver. Don't whine; show everybody.I just don't think he can.

and Randy Moss is going to help his cause? Don't think so.

June 10, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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and Randy Moss is going to help his cause? Don't think so.

That maybe why they picked up Moss. Hairbag put a clause in the contract that lieing, bitchn and whinning we the head coach's job

June 10, 2012  11:24 AM ET

Psst Peyton, Here's our best offer but remember if it doesn't work out we were just evaluating you.

June 10, 2012  11:24 AM ET

You can't lose something that you don't have and that my friends Is CREDIBILITY!!!

June 10, 2012  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What do you expect from a guy who smiles like a used car salesman?

Or for toothpaste ad.

June 10, 2012  12:08 PM ET

Harbaugh is going what he has to do. He is in that foxhole with Alex Smith. He can't afford to mention that the Niners made an offer to Alex which Alex rejected BEFORE taking a look at Manning. Because he is stuck with Alex.

June 10, 2012  12:10 PM ET

1 for 13 on 3rd Down...

June 10, 2012  12:25 PM ET
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Harbaugh is going what he has to do. He is in that foxhole with Alex Smith. He can't afford to mention that the Niners made an offer to Alex which Alex rejected BEFORE taking a look at Manning. Because he is stuck with Alex.

He's still a big lying Hairbag. And dumb because he didn't have to say anything.

June 10, 2012  12:28 PM ET

....yeah Harbaugh, and the Tenderloin district is just a good place to buy steak.

 
June 10, 2012  12:28 PM ET

We get it Mr. Harbaugh. The Prom was coming up, you evaluated the prettiest girl in the class but decided to ask the secretary of the Library Club to be your date. She was really the one you always wanted . Who does not get that? jeesh!

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