49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declined to comment further on Monday after saying that he reached out to the NFL on Friday to voice concerns he had that the Seattle Seahawks got away with several defensive holding or illegal contact penalties that were not called during the 49ers’ 13-6 victory on Thursday night.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told ESPN 710-AM radio in Seattle that he was surprised at Harbaugh’s stance a week after the 49ers’ coach claimed New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was attempting to “influence officiating” by saying San Francisco defensive lineman Justin Smith regularly holds offensive linemen.
Carroll added, “I’m surprised that he felt like their receivers were so overwhelmed.”
San Francisco’s wide receivers had only six catches for 63 yards Thursday night.
“Well, I’m not going to comment on, or get paraphrased, or let somebody quote somebody else, and then have a reaction to it,” Harbaugh said. “I think you pretty much know that we’re from the ‘sticks and stones’ school of approach. So, calling us names isn’t going to hurt us.”
Harbaugh said he hasn’t heard back from the league, and wouldn’t discuss the response when he does.
Running game looking strong: The 49ers are excited about the production of their ground game, which is now averaging 176.6 yards per game and a staggering 5.9 yards per carry. While running back Frank Gore’s 103 carries through seven games is down from most of his previous seasons, he still leads the 49ers with 601 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
“He’s doing a great job,” Harbaugh said of Gore. “Been very productive when he has had the ball in his hands.”
Kendall Hunter has 50 carries as Gore’s primary backup, and Anthony Dixon has chipped in eight carries, mostly in mop-up duty.
R&R time: After a pair of games in the span of five days, a Monday night matchup was a welcome sight on the schedule for the 49ers. With 10 days between the 49ers’ 13-6 win against Seattle and a trip to Arizona, coach Jim Harbaugh has the opportunity to give his team some much-needed rest. The 49ers had the weekend off and, after a light practice Monday, won’t practice again until Thursday as preparation for the Cardinals ramps up.
“I spent every waking and asleep moment with my wife and kids,” Harbaugh said. “Wonderful weekend, every minute of it was with them.”
Despite the arduous task of playing a Thursday night game following a Sunday game, San Francisco can still be considered a generally healthy team.
“I believe it will be, especially as the week goes on,” Harbaugh said. “A lot of our guys came in and lifted and got treatment [over the weekend].”