On the subject of his brother’s postgame tiff with Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, Ravens coach John Harbaugh drew a line in the sand Monday and, not surprisingly, sided with Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers coach.
Jim Harbaugh and Schwartz made national news after Harbaugh’s 49ers dealt the Lions their first loss of the season Sunday. In the traditional postgame handshake, Harbaugh obviously offended Schwartz with an over-zealous shake. Schwartz then chased Harbaugh toward the locker room and both men were kept apart.
At his Monday news conference, John Harbaugh said he had spoken with Jim, but declined to give details of the conversation.
“No, I can’t,” he said. “I’ll stay out of that. I can just tell you this: I think I know who was right. But whoever was right or wrong, I know whose side I’m on. I’m definitely taking sides. [It’s] the same side I’ve always taken.”
On “Football Night in America” Sunday night, former Colts coach Tony Dungy said Schwartz was wrong for going after Harbaugh.
“Protocol is not for you to retaliate, if you are Jim Schwartz, by chasing the other coach down into the tunnel and going after him,” Dungy said. “I don’t know what Jim Harbaugh said, but whatever he said, it didn’t merit that.”
On the same segment of the show, former safety Rodney Harrison said both coaches had crossed the line of proper conduct.
“Both coaches were wrong,” Harrison said. “Jim Harbaugh, first of all, smacked him on the back. Putting your hands on a grown man, you can’t do that. If you’re Jim Schwartz, what do you tell your kids?”
John Harbaugh veered away from the rhetoric Monday and tried to reach for perspective on the matter.
“You know what? Everybody’s got a lot to learn,” Harbaugh said. “So I guess right now, he’s 5-1. If the biggest lesson he has right now is how to shake hands postgame, after a victory, he’s doing OK.”