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June 14, 2013
Seahawks cornerback says he wants to put his hands around Jim Harbaugh's neck


The 49ers are 2-0 at antagonizing opposing cornerbacks this week.

A day after St. Louis' Cortland Finnegan got riled up about ex-teammate Craig Dahl, Seattle's Brandon Browner said he wouldn't mind putting his hands around Jim Harbaugh's neck. And he probably doesn't want to check the 49ers coach for swollen glands.

On Tuesday, Harbaugh was asked about the rash of PED suspensions in Seattle over the last two seasons. Harbaugh answered by saying it's impossible to know which drugs caused the suspensions and that it might not be Adderall as has been widely reported.

"Play by the rules, and you always want to be above reproach, especially when you're good," Harbaugh said. "Because you don't want people to come back and say, 'Oh, they're winning because they're cheating.' That's always going be a knee-jerk reaction by people in my experience ever since I was little kid."

Browner was one of Seattle players who tested positive for PEDs, and he was asked Thursday about Harbaugh's comments by KJR radio's Dave "Softy" Mahler.

"I don't have anything to say but at the end of the day we gotta win football games," Browner said. "He's a coach. He's never gonna be out there lined up against me. I wish he would; I'd put my hands around his neck. At the end of the day, man, I'm about winning football games, man."

Earlier in the week, Finnegan called Dahl, via Twitter, "soft and weak" after Dahl said he told 49ers coaches that the Rams were able to decipher, via San Francisco's alignments last year, whether the 49ers were going to run or pass on a particular play. Both Dahl and Harbaugh said the 49ers were aware of those giveaways before Dahl discussed them.

Wrote Finnegan: "Craig Dahl we know how you play thanks for the tips we know who to attack early and often."

After the first meeting with Seattle last year, Harbaugh questioned the physical style of play by Browner and fellow cornerback Richard Sherman, who are two of the biggest cornerbacks in the league. At the time, Browner told the Tacoma News-Tribune that the coach's comments were "obnoxious."

Browner was asked Thursday about the Seahawks-49ers rivalry. He said not to leave St. Louis out of the discussion. "The 49ers couldn't get past the Rams last year, so you can't overlook the Rams," he said. "They're a few players away from being contenders. So the NFC West is tough."

-- 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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