OWINGS MILLS – Rams coach Jeff Fisher has been ticked off by Ravens coach John Harbaugh, but Harbaugh has refused to fire back.
Harbaugh said he didn’t mean to imply the Rams were a dirty team when he commented on how Sunday’s Rams-Ravens game was officiated.
“That insinuation was never made,” Harbaugh said. “My guess is that when he (Fisher) was informed of it, he was probably a little bit misinformed of the intent of the statement, because that’s not what I meant. It’s a tough game, it was a hard-fought game, it was a physical game, it was an emotional game. That’s the kind of game you always expect to get with a Jeff Fisher-coached team. That’s the way their guys play. It’s not meant to insinuate anything negative. If he came back with a negative connotation, then that’s too bad. If he was saying it in a positive way, in terms of look in the mirror, that could be construed as a positive I guess, huh? So I’ll just take it as a compliment.”
Fisher may not be amused by that comment either, and he was not laughing when he talked Tuesday about the Ravens on 101ESPN in St. Louis.
Here’s the comment Harbaugh made Monday that bothered Fisher.
“I saw the punter hit one of our guys dead in the back that (the officials) missed,” Harbaugh said. “I saw our guy retaliate, which is not what you want to see. Then I saw a free-for-all out there, which is not unusual against the team we’re playing.”
Fisher responded on his radio show Tuesday.
“But we’re a dirty team, and they’re hitting us two or three seconds after the play is over, and they hit Tavon (Austin) out of bounds,” Fisher said. “We had six penalties and they averaged five yards apiece…They need to look in the mirror.”
Maybe Fisher will cool off after seeing Harbaugh's response. But it didn't sound like Fisher would be calling Harbaugh to wish him a Happy Thanksgiving.