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Jim Harbaugh fires back at Kevin Gilbride

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08:45 AM ET 10.13 | Jim Harbaugh ratcheted up the coast-to-coast war of rhetoric between the 49ers and Giants on Friday with a 51-word news release specially crafted for the Big Apple. While addressing the New York media Thursday, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said 49ers defensive end Justin Smith "gets away with murder" in terms of holding offensive linemen to, presumably, give teammates such as linebacker Aldon Smith a clear lane to the quarterback. Harbaugh read those comments Friday morning and began writing a statement the 49ers sent out in a news release. "Kevin Gilbride's outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith's play is, first, an absurd analogy," Harbaugh wrote. "Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It's obvious that the Giants coaching staff's sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating." The release was sent an hour before his scheduled news conference, but Harbaugh was not interested in discussing it while at the podium. "Moved on," he said multiple times.

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October 13, 2012  08:48 AM ET

UH OH..........Pre game locker room board material............

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October 13, 2012  09:10 AM ET

I know you are but what am I?????????? B

October 13, 2012  09:15 AM ET

It seems silly for Harbaugh to get in a pissing contest with Gilbride via the New York Media, sounds Rex Ryanesque. Just ignore the fool....

October 13, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Shouldn't we have a photo of Kevin in full whine mode not Jimmy.

October 13, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It seems silly for Harbaugh to get in a pissing contest with Gilbride via the New York Media, sounds Rex Ryanesque. Just ignore the fool....

Harbaugh is a hot head.

October 13, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Small world. Jim Harbaugh was traded away from the Colts when they drafted Peyton Manning to be their QB. Then his little brother comes to town and walks away with the NFC championship. I am sure none of this sticks in his craw.

October 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET

The brothers Harbaugh seem to be a little high strung but you cann't argue with results.

October 13, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A lot of big words thrown together coming out of jim's mouth....kind a sounds like Don King

Next year he'll start working on the hair.

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October 13, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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Its called showmanship.I like it.East coast vs. West coast dustup.

Sure it's not showboat:)

October 13, 2012  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The brothers Harbaugh seem to be a little high strung but you cann't argue with results.

A "little" high strung? That's like saying the Chicago Fire was a weenie roast that got a little out of hand.

October 13, 2012  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A lot of big words thrown together coming out of jim's mouth....kind a sounds like Don King

From what I'm seeing (after reading Gilbride's statement), Jim's use the word Analogy is off...

Perhaps "Characterization" or "Idiom" would be a better fit.

I guess Coaching at Stanford doesn't do as much for your Vocab, as going to Stanford :-)

October 13, 2012  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The brothers Harbaugh seem to be a little high strung but you cann't argue with results.

Zero Super Bowls between them.

October 13, 2012  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Its called showmanship.I like it.East coast vs. West coast dustup.

I call it stupidity.

October 13, 2012  12:37 PM ET

I feel like a member of the comunity now, I got my first "message removed" email

October 13, 2012  12:45 PM ET
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I call it stupidity.

Showmanship. Stupidity. Same thing.

October 13, 2012  12:55 PM ET

This is one of the few games that doesn't really need any hype, but thanks for playing anyway, Kevin and Jim.

October 13, 2012  12:56 PM ET

It will be interesting to see how the calls go towards Smith, after this public rant by Gilbride.

 
October 13, 2012  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Its called showmanship.I like it.East coast vs. West coast dustup.

Tupac and Biggie!!!

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