SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke in the media tent Friday afternoon an hour after the 49ers sent out his statement which responded to Kevin Gilbride’s statement about Justin Smith. Harbaugh, however, did not want to talk about his written statement. Here’s what he said.
Q: We saw your statement. Could you expand on it, what Kevin Gilbride said about Justin Smith?
HARBAUGH: Nothing to expand on. I said what I felt.
Q: What was your initial reaction when you heard Gilbride’s comments?
HARBAUGH: Heard about them this morning and jotted down my reaction. It’s been addressed. Now we’ll move on.
Q: Is this something you fear can stick in the heads of the officials and influence calls during a game?
HARBAUGH: You know exactly how I feel on it. It’s wrapped up in a concise statement. Confront it, address it and move on.
Q: But why an hour before meeting with us?
HARBAUGH: Just to address it on the spot.
Q: Have you heard anything from other coaches about Justin Smith’s tactics over the years?
HARBAUGH: No. Like I said, it’s been addressed. I moved on from it about two hours ago.
Q: One more thing on Gilbride, did you reach out the Giants’ staff at all before issuing your statement?
HARBAUGH: Like I said, I addressed it and we’re moving on.
Q: Your written statement said Gilbride’s analogy was absurd. What analogy did he make?
HARBAUGH: I stated what I want to say.
Q: It’s unclear, that’s why I’m asking.
HARBAUGH: I think it’s pretty summed up.