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December 19, 2012
Ho ho ho-liday humor from Harbaugh and Carroll

That Jim Harbaugh. He's such a card.

Asked Wednesday if, after facing Pete Carroll for so many years, there were any "hallmarks" of a Carroll-coached team, Harbaugh attempted a bit of dry, holiday humor. "I don't remember getting any cards from him at the holidays," he deadpanned.

Carroll evidently got word of Harbaugh's remark and had a ready - and, befitting the Harbaugh-Carroll dichotomy, far wordier - response. "I heard that he didn't get one from us yet," the Seahawks coach said of a Christmas card. "I want to go back and check my list and see how that happened. Maybe there'll be something coming along here before long. If Jim's not sending a card, that's ok. I understand. We'll try to get one in the mail soon."

Carroll continued to needle Harbaugh later in the conference call when he was asked about Harbaugh's complaint from earlier in the season that Seattle's cornerbacks were too physical with the 49ers' wide receivers during San Francisco's 13-6 win Oct. 18.

"I did go back to look at the film to see what Jim was talking about," Carroll said. "And I had trouble seeing why there was a complaint. But, you know, the fact that he did (complain), he was just trying to get some help from the officials, I think."

One of the Seahawks cornerbacks in question, Brandon Browner, is serving a four-game suspension for failing a drug test. The other, Richard Sherman, has an appeal hearing on Friday for the same offense. Sherman played for Harbaugh at Stanford. "We can't even comment on it," Carroll said of the possible suspension. "But we're going to practice today, and away we go. He's going to be out there working."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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