Jim Harbaugh said today he’s never complained publicly about the officiating in a 49ers game. He said that with a straight face.
Harbaugh was asked, after his Monday assertion that he wouldn't make excuses about the officiating in Sunday's game, whether that constituted a change in his stance. Harbaugh's response: “I don’t agree that I’ve complained in the past about it publicly.”
When it was pointed out that he wasn't happy with how Seattle's defensive backs used their hands in coverage following a win in 2012, Harbaugh disputed that, too.
“I think if you went back and checked exactly what I said, I don’t think that was a complaint or an excuse,” he said.
Here's the transcript from 2012. Was Harbaugh complaining? You be the judge.
Speaking of referees, a lot of plays on the outside where your receivers were kind of locked up with cornerbacks. How did you see that confrontation throughout the game going?
“Well, I wouldn’t use the words ‘locked up.’ There’s another word I would use. But, we’ll take that up with the officials in New York, and get their view of it. That’s the only position that we can be in.”
Is it important to get that rectified? Obviously their known, their corners, for their physical play. Obviously, you’re going to play those guys again. Is that something that obviously you feel needs to be addressed before you play them again?
“Yeah, I think that’s just an important thing to address. I mean, what is this all being defined as? Is it physical play? Is it within the rules? I think that’s the biggest question, is it within the rules what’s happening. We have to ask that question. We have to know what the interpretation is.”
Did you see that previously on film with them?
Harbaugh also had some comments after the 49ers' Super Bowl loss when it came to the final throws in the end zone to Michael Crabtree
“Yes, there's no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and then a hold on Crabtree on the last one,” he said after the game.