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The rest of the story on the Saints blitzing the Niners into oblivion

Jim Harbaugh,  Sean Payton

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, greets New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after their NFL preseason football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. The Saints won 24-3. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


The Harbaugh brothers aren’t quite as loud as the Ryan twins. (Then again, who is?) But John and Jim Harbaugh are making a stir in the NFL.

And we like it.

Apart from John’s recent issue with the Chiefs, there’s more information about Jim’s “welcome to the NFL” experience with the Saints, when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams blitzed the bejeepers out of the Niners.

Saints radio broadcaster Jim Henderson recently told 1560 the Game in Houston that the onslaught resulted from the failure of Jim Harbaugh to call Sean Payton to talk shop before the two teams met.

“From what I heard from some people, Sean Payton sort of expected Harbaugh to call him throughout the week and kind of figure out a gentleman’s agreement as to how the game would be played,” Henderson said. “When that didn’t occur, Sean just said to Gregg, ‘Let the dogs out.’ And they did.”

It’s hard to put the blame on Harbaugh for not kissing the ring (figuratively or literally) of Sean Payton. We only wish that the Saints and 49ers were still in the same division.