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Old 01-10-2012, 06:18 AM   #1
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SANTA CLARA – Building close, congenial relationships with other NFL coaches isn't exactly Jim Harbaugh's forté. Just ask Lions coach Jim Schwartz. Or Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

But Harbaugh on Monday insisted he did nothing wrong before the Aug. 12 exhibition opener in New Orleans to anger the Saints into blitzing the 49ers as if an NFC Championship Game berth was on the line.

Bucking typical preseason protocol, New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams regularly sent six or seven pass rushers during the game, sacking the 49ers' quarterbacks six times and leveling starter Alex Smith several times in the first quarter.

The scuttlebutt out of New Orleans afterward was that Harbaugh offended Saints coach Sean Payton by not telephoning Payton so the two head coaches could discuss the parameters of the upcoming game.

"Sean Payton sort of expected Harbaugh to call him throughout the week and kind of figure out a gentleman's agreement as to how the game would be played," Saints radio play-by-play man Jim Henderson said after the game.

"When that didn't occur, Sean just said to Gregg, 'Let the dogs out.' And they did."

Harbaugh on Monday said he was unaware of a gentlemen's agreement among coaches in the preseason and even asked around during the summer to see if he was following the proper procedure.

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Old 01-10-2012, 08:22 AM   #2
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That's hilarious. Whatta Douche. Kick that 49er ass!
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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I wonder if their not going to get to see the same thing in this game, I hope so we'll get to see if they can handle it. Payton and Williams just might let the dogs out in this one! Bet ya' Alex Smith remembers that game...Go get'em Gregg, let them out.
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To borrow a quote from the Bard of Avon, "Methinks the lady doth protest too much"
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What a crybaby. Crying about somthing that happens 4 months ago...IN A FRIKKIN PRESEASON GAME!!

Dare I say it?...C'mon Man!!
Blah, I can't believe I just said that.
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Three threads on a non-story. Harbaugh isn't even quoted directly in any article.
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Three threads on a non-story. Harbaugh isn't even quoted directly in any article.
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