Fights are becoming all too routine during NFL preseason, and Saturday night's Ravens/Redskins game did not disappoint. Midway through the first quarter numerous players got into it, resulting in a number of personal foul penalties and the ejection of Washington's Chris Culliver and Baltimore's Steve Smith Sr.
What made this preseason fracas different, however, was the action between the coaches.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh ran all the way across the field where he and 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden exchanged some words. Loudly.
"I didn't say anything," Harbaugh said following the game. "Something was said to me, but that doesn't bother me."
Gruden saw things a bit differently, considering he stayed near his sideline as the opposing coach ran some 50 some yards across the field.
"I was two feet on the field and he was all the way on our sideline and the referee told me to get back," Gruden said. "I was a little perturbed at that."
The coach said that with two good and fiery players like Smith and Culliver, sometimes emotion heats up.
"We just wanted the situation to calm itself down. Of course, it didn't," Gruden said. "We tried."
So what did Harbaugh say to Gruden? The coach was diplomatic.
"As far as what he said to me, that was just the heat of the deal."
Harbaugh explained that he ran onto the field to try and calm things down.
"We get the memos and everything about the fighting, so I figured let me go out there and kind of just get our guys back out of the way," the Ravens coach said.
No surprise that neither Gruden or Harbaugh rehashed what was actually said, but it's clear there was more to the situation than either coach let on in postgame interviews.