- Interview a member of the Seattle Seahawks
- Bring up Jim Harbaugh
A week or so ago it was Brandon Browner who said, “He’s never gonna be lined up against me. I wish he would. I’d put my hands around his neck.” That was in response to Seattle host kinda/sorta repeating Harbaugh’s comments about PEDs in a way that would draw a tweet-worthy response from the Seattle corner. Browner was upset, but it seems like despising Harbaugh is common among Seahawks players.
The latest Seahawk to express Harbaugh hatred was wide receiver Golden Tate, otherwise known as the recipient of the gift touchdown against Green Bay that marked the end of replacement refs.
“Well, I’d be on offense trying to score a touchdown on him. Defensively, that’s a little different because they tackle and they can really be aggressive,” Tate said on 710 ESPN Seattle radio Friday.
“But I would try and give him the Sean Lee treatment. I would do that.”
Oh yes, the “Sean Lee treatment.” Tate was, of course, referring to the huge block he put on the Cowboys linebacker Sept. 16. Tate laid out Lee as quarterback Russell Wilson scrambled up the left sideline for a first down, and later got fined by the NFL for the block.
The Seahawks reportedly didn’t like it when Harbaugh allegedly honked and waved at Seattle’s team bus after the 49ers edged their division rivals at Candlestick Park last year. And let’s face it, the grin is in the eyes of the beholder. To a 49ers fan, a Harbaugh smile is second only to Christmas on the list of happy occasions they can only hope to see once a year. But when Seahawks fans (or fans of several other teams, if we’re being honest) see Harbaugh yukking it up on Judge Judy, they get the same feeling you or I would after eating two bags of Taco Bell and getting on a roller coaster at Six Flags.
Conversely, Seahawks fans LOVE Pete Carroll. But if Carroll drove by the 49ers’ team bus on their way out of Seattle, honking and waving while smiling from ear to ear, 49ers players and fans wouldn’t be too pleased. People lost it when Carroll got a Giants jersey, and he’s from here!
On that note, there are probably several guys playing for Harbaugh who aren’t too keen on Browner and Tate talking tough about leveling the 49ers head coach. So, as a sort of special service to local radio stations in the region, here are the players who I think might be honest enough to mention publicly what they’d do if lined up opposite Carroll.
5. Frank Gore
Gore isn’t easily rattled and has no reason to hate Carroll, but he’s one of the toughest players in franchise history — a man who catches guys sleeping as a blocker pretty frequently (like Tate vs. Lee, only in the trenches). Gore’s also brutally honest at times, like after the Super Bowl when he said, “They got away with one today. We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there.”
4. Daniel Kilgore
He might have made No. 2 on this list, but he deleted the tweet about LeBron James flopping that made me think of him in the first place. But I knew if I stalked Niners Nation writer Tre9er’s feed I’d find it. Yep:
From NFL’er RT @DanielKilgore67 And Lebron talks about playing in NFL… Can’t take little hit on court don’t try stepping on the field.
— Tre Niner (@Tre9er) June 4, 2013
Kilgore isn’t afraid to express himself, and wouldn’t mind getting a little more playing time. Would talking about knocking Carroll’s block off accelerate his chances of becoming the starting center? Probably not, but it couldn’t hurt!
3. Joe Staley
I’m going to make an assumption based on a few interactions with Staley and several interviews I’ve seen/heard over the years — the 49ers’ starting left tackle is a bit smarter and more media-savvy than either Browner or Tate. He also fears no one in the NFL and is 100% attuned to the comments those two made and how the rivalry has developed at a lightning-quick pace over the last couple years. And while his comments last November weren’t inflammatory by any means, Staley made it clear on 95.7 “The Game” that he was in favor of Alex Smith retaining the starting job. Like Gore, Staley isn’t afraid to be honest. It’s kind of like prize fighters. When you’re already tough as hell and having nothing to prove, why pretend you have no opinions?
2. Chris Culliver
Not much needs to be said about how candid Culliver can be. And since the Seahawks’ defensive backs seem to think they’re the biggest, baddest unit in NFL history, Cully probably wouldn’t mind the opportunity to let them know he’s in the house, too.*
*I thought about adding Donte Whitner to this list, but he knows how to deal with the media and he’s in a contract year. I just don’t see Whitner stepping on any toes this season, but I could be wrong.
1. Anthony Davis
Alex Boone called him the nastiest player he’d ever played with, and Davis has no problem responding anyone from Press Democrat bloggers to Baltimore Ravens. But forget Twitter beefs (Davis generally deletes every controversial thing he ever tweets, anyway), because we have photographic evidence that Davis will stick up for Harbaugh when opposing coaches get a little too huffy: