Pete Carroll takes dig at rival Jim Harbaugh ahead of 49ers-Seahawks

Pete Carroll takes dig at rival Jim Harbaugh ahead of 49ers-Seahawks

The 49ers have eight wins for the first time since 2014. That, of course, was Jim Harbaugh final season as San Francisco's head coach.

Until recently, many 49ers fans longed for the days of having Harbaugh pace the sideline, and as it turns out, his main rival feels the same way.

Harbaugh and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll have a long history of head-to-head competition dating back to their 'What's your deal?' days at Stanford and USC, respectively. Seattle hired Carroll in 2010, and San Francisco hired Harbaugh the following year. From that point on until Harbaugh's firing, the NFC's path to the Super Bowl went through one or both of the 49ers and Seahawks.

Monday night's matchup between Seattle and San Francisco represents their most high-profile game since the peak of the Carroll-Harbaugh era. Carroll, obviously, is still around to rekindle that rivalry, whereas Harbaugh -- currently coaching at his alma mater at the University of Michigan -- is not.

On Thursday, Carroll was asked about his coaching rival, and insisted that he misses him.

Harbaugh won his first three games against Carroll and the Seahawks to begin his 49ers tenure, but lost five of his last six, including the 2013 NFC Championship Game. When asked if they had a true rivalry between them, Carroll had a tongue-in-cheek response.

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Harbaugh or not, you can expect Monday's game to approach the intensity of the rivalry of old.

Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks


Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

49ers broadcaster Tim Ryan was suspended for one game after comments made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson following Sunday’s loss.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle).

The comments created a social media firestorm, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t interested in furthering the controversy.

“I don’t really know too much about it or understand the context of it. It’s not relevant to what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

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Former 49ers defensive end Dennis Brown will replace Ryan on Sunday’s broadcast in New Orleans.

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

BRADENTON, Fla. – Marcell Harris on Sunday will be back where he ended his rookie season with the 49ers.

Harris will take over as the 49ers’ starter at strong safety with Jaquiski Tartt out for at least one game after sustaining cracked ribs in the team’s 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

Tartt and backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow) have been ruled out for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Two of the 49ers’ seldom-used wide receivers, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, are listed as questionable, along with left tackle Joe Staley. Goodwin has knee and foot issues, according to the team, while Pettis has already missed one game with a knee injury.

Staley has missed three games after surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated finger. He is expected to play Sunday.

All other 49ers players, including Dee Ford and Richard Sherman, will be available for Sunday’s game.

Harris started the final five games of his rookie season after being a sixth-round draft pick from Florida in 2018. He did not earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster at the beginning of this season. Harris was promoted from the practice squad in October and has appeared in nine games this season.

“I’m real happy for Marcell,” coach Kyle Shanahan said on "49ers Game Plan," which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3). “He’s gone come a long way, in that he was a very good college player, tore his Achilles his senior year, which really hurt him. That’s why we were able to get him in the draft. It affected him his whole rookie year.

"He’s been able to string together about eight months where he has been healthy, and when you’re made of the right stuff, you have the talent and you can stay healthy, you usually just need the time.”

Harris took over for Tartt on Sunday and made one of the top plays in the game when he took the ball away from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on a running play to create a turnover.

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49ers injury report

S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
T Joe Staley (finger)