Jim Harbaugh And Jim Schwartz Go At Each Other After Niners Beat Lions
The San Francisco 49ers ended the Detroit Lions undefeated season yesterday as Alex Smith threw a late, clutch fourth down 6-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker. The TD pass gave the Niners a 22-19 lead. The 49ers later added a field goal and went on to win by the score of 25-19, handing the Detroit Lions their first loss of the season.
But the game itself has taken a back seat to a bigger story. 49ers’coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions’ coach Jim Schwartz had a heated argument as they met for the customary handshake at mid-field after the game.
Harbaugh was dancing and yelling and celebrating his team’s victory as he was approaching Schwartz. As Schwartz reached out his hand to Harbaugh, the Niners’ coach grabbed it and kind of flung Jim Schwartz to the side. This, obviously, did not sit well with Schwartz because he followed Jim Harbaugh off the field and seemed to be yelling and cursing at the Niners’ head coach. The two coaches had to be separated by players and security as the argument heated up. You can see in the video that Harbaugh did not back down as he also started exchanging heated words toward Schwartz.
So, who is at fault here, really? Is it Schwartz or Harbaugh? Well, all I can say is that Jim Harbaugh is a fiery coach and all he was doing was celebrating a HUGE win by his 49ers’ team. I don’t think he meant any disrespect toward Jim Schwartz at all. Schwartz took it the wrong way, I believe.
Is Jim Schwartz being a hypocrite? It sure seems like it. If you recall, Jim Schwartz also showed some huge emotion with a fist pump in a few of his team’s wins earlier this season that seemed to rub the opposing teams the wrong way. If you dish it out, you have to take it too, Mr. Jim Schwartz!
God, I hope these two teams end up meeting in the playoffs. That would be a football fans dream. It would be very interesting to see what develops as Harbaugh and Schwartz would meet once again at mid-field. This little rivalry isn’t over by a long shot, In my opinion.
The Lions loss dropped them to 5-1 and the 49ers improved their record to 5-1 and first place in the NFC West. If you haven’t got the chance to see it yet, you can view the Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz heated exchange video by clicking here.