Jim Harbaugh Says Seahawks Defense Is Better Than The Steelers

If you did not have enough reasons to hate the Harbaugh brothers, let me add one more for good measure. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was on the Murph and Mac radio show today on KNBR 680 and Harbaugh was talking about the 49ers upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks. While talking about the Seahawks, Harbaugh said, “I believe their defense, watching them on tape, is better than the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. So it\’s a great challenge for our team this week.”

While the Seahawks defense has really come on in the last third of this season, the Steelers defense has maintained their level of play all season. They have also done it without several key players like linebackers LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison at different intervals. Not an excuse, just a fact.

Whether or not they are better is irrelevant here though, what is obvious is that Harbaugh has no tact or respect for his coaching brethren. While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin might go overboard in his weekly press conference in his praising of the Steelers next opponent, he never slaps or pushes them in the back after he beats them. He takes great care not to disrespect the opponent win or lose.

Perhaps Jim still has a bad taste in his mouth from the loss to the Steelers in 1995 AFC Championship game. Perhaps he just shares the hate of the Steelers by proxy from his brother John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. You did know they were brothers, right? Thanks to the Harbaugh Bowl on Thanksgiving, I am sure even people in third world countries even know this now.

The Steelers may have lost round one to Jim, but we shall see how far each team makes it in the playoffs. Hopefully they get one more shot this year at his brother John and deny him another Gatorade bath. I wonder if the brothers took Gatorade baths together as children. Stay classy Jim.

You can listen to the quote of Harbaugh today in the audio below and it starts at the 9:10 mark.


  • That Guy

    If you look objectively, you will note that the Seahawks have one of the best per run avg in the league and are pretty solid against the pass. Are they better than the Steelers? Probably not but they are in the top 10 in the NFL.
    He is just trying to psyche out the other team. Take it easy D-Bag.

  • Ziggy’s Hood

    “Slappy” Harbaugh and his brother make the Ryan brothers look classy by comparison.

  • …and he is stating this with the knowledge that both Woodley and Harrison were out of the game. Right?

  • Mellymorales07

    Our team has respect for the teams and players !! These hardball guys suck and where brought up with no respect since there little crybaby days !! We will get a rematch with one or the other !! Go steelers !!

  • Bergerjonathan

    Steelers are better now but they are getting older. Hawks d has a young and upcoming secondary decent linebackers with rookie kj wright showing promise and a good line that’s stuffing the run game and starting to get good pressure on the qb. Their offense is getting better but is a ways away from the steelers.

  • SteveW

    If Harbaugh looked at the latest defensive statistics he would know that Seattle is 8th best in least yards allowed, the Steelers are 1st. The Steelers are 2nd best in fewest points allowed, Seattle is 6th best. So what is the basis for his judgment? The numbers don’t lie. I suspect he is fudging the truth to ensure his team doesn’t have a letdown after the win against the Steelers.


    This coming from a coach, who coaches in the NFC West.. where 7-9 won the division last year… Come play in the AFC North next year JIM!

  • axel718

    Since when do we listen to Jim Harbaugh, who cares what he says. He has his head so far up John that I dont know where john stops and Jim starts.

  • eastbay49er

    LMFAOLOL! u guys sound mad……0-3 against Hardball bros……..Seattle D IS playing better right NOW! injuries or whatever your excuse…….this is football right? LMFAOLOL!!!!!!! stop hitting with your heads dummys

  • Bradleyaoo7

    Keep running your f”’in mouth Harbaughs

  • RednGOLD

    We did, we beat 3 out of 4 teams in your so called great AFC North. we also showed the steelers how defense is really played. So what if Jim thinks another is better, he has a right to is opinion.

  • Steel_wheel

    I live in downriver Detroit and it is ironic that nobody in this vicinity gives a goats left testicle about the name “Hair-Baw”. Even as an alum of the University of Michigan, nobody harkens back to the great days of Jim “hair-baw”. In fact, of all the great QB’s that have come through the University of Michigan Jim “hair-baw” is perhaps the least memorable. I guess in all honesty the only thing we can expect from the great “hair-baw” tradition is perhaps another excerpt on how to pretend to be a champion while the real CHAMPS are throwned…”How bout them Steelers Jim & John?”…Oh, and lest I forget…Steelers Fans? Who has it better than us? Not the niners or ravens!!! Or, the filthy hair-baws!! WE STILL GOT 6 BITCH!

  • Daniel Saxon

    I think he’s referring to right now. Seahawks are a completely different team that got bent over 24-0 earlier in the year. Their defense is is young, big fast and very physical and the past 6-7 weeks Seahawks D has been making plays from their very talented young players. Steeler fans might hate the Seahawks but this young team is going to be a pretty special team in the next 2-3 years. Besides the 1 game in Pitt they’ve been in every game with less the 4 minutes in the 4th. Their secondary is full of rookies and 2nd year players. Good article if you’re interested, good read if you’re an overall football fan.


  • David

    Well the Seahawks put up exactly 0 points against the Steelers defense. Let’s see if the 49ers can do the same.

  • ma

    Harbaugh just needs to be arrogant. A lifelong Steeler fan doesn’t care.

    However, The 2011 Steelers suck. This team is not the who the Steelers used to be. Well…maybe when they were the Pirates, pretty bad. This is the worst I have seen in 5 years.

    Nothing seems to click. Every game they appear to be confused or indecisive, lingering over those play books on the side lines trying to find the answer.

    I’m sorry to say but this year I predict we will not see the Steelers in the playoffs. Never thought I’d see that…the end of the Steeler dynasty in football.

  • Daniel Saxon

    The Seahawks team the Steelers beat is a completely different team today. Not saying they’re better but it wouldnt be 24-0 again

  • Daniel Saxon

    Jim Harbaugh is a b!tch though, he isn’t a very liked person outside of SF.. I think he said what he said to soften up the Seahawks when they play tomorrow.

  • Jim

    Anne you really should know something about what your talking about before posting. The Steelers had a spot in this seasons playoffs secured before they lost to the Niners. So much for your prediction. Fair weather fans need not apply.