Harbaugh angers Schwartz with postgame actions


Harbaugh angers Schwartz with postgame actions

DETROIT -- Jim Schwartz was a finalist for the 49ers' head-coaching job in 2005. He thought he would get hired, but the 49ers selected Mike Nolan, instead.Schwartz, an already-fiery coach, saw his Detroit Lions fall from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 25-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who had a notable post-game handshake while at Stanford with then-USC coach Pete Carroll, angered Schwartz with the way he reacted in the seconds after the 49ers clinched the victory.Harbaugh's exuberance showed when he hopped across the field, untucked his black 49ers sweatshirt and engaged in a hard post-game handshakeslap with the losing coach.

After the brief exchange, Schwartz went after Harbaugh as the men were leaving the field. Schwartz said he was shoved and subjected to an obscenity at the middle of the field."(I) went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way," Schwartz said. "(I) didn't expect an obscenity at that point, so it was a surprise to me at the end of the game."A skirmish ensued near the tunnel that leads to the locker rooms for both teams under the stands at Ford Field. Players and coaches were involved in the ruckus, as Schwartz left the field.Said Harbaugh, "I was just revved up and it's totally on me. I shook his hand too hard. I mean, I really went in and it was a strong kind of slap, grab handshake -- kind of the same as I've been doing with (Blake) Costanzo and a few of the other guys. So that's on me -- little too hard of a handshake there."When asked if there was anything said between he and Schwartz, Harbaugh answered, "You know, you get bumped, you get bumped ... felt like a chest bump there."I was not agitated, believe me. Not agitated, very happy. Very happy with the win. It's a great thrill of winning, great feeling of victory. I'm really proud of our team."The 49ers pulled out the victory when 49ers tight end Delanie Walker caught a 6-yard touchdown on a fourth-down pass from quarterback Alex Smith with 1:51 remaining for a 22-19 lead. The 49ers and Lions both are 5-1 on the season."It was an emotional game," Walker said. "When you come into somebody's house when they're 5-0 and you take a win away from them in the last minute of the game, it can get real emotional."Said Schwartz, "It was a big win for them, and they were excited about it, and I think I'll just leave it there."

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”