49ers coach Jim Harbaugh makes another friend in Lions coach Jim Schwartz 

click to enlarge Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers argues with Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Leon Halip/Getty Images) - JIM HARBAUGH HEAD COACH OF THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ARGUES WITH JIM SCHWARTZ OF THE DETROIT LIONS DURING THE NFL GAME AT FORD FIELD ON OCTOBER 16, 2011 IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. (LEON HALIP/GETTY IMAGES)
  • Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers argues with Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
  • Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers argues with Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh embellished his growing reputation for tense relations with competing coaches Sunday following a postgame skirmish with Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz.

Scroll down to see video of the skirmish.

After the 49ers defeated the previously undefeated Lions, giving both teams 5-1 records for the season, Harbaugh and Schwartz met at mid-field for the traditional post-game coaches’ handshake. Harbaugh grabbed Schwartz’ hand and shook it and then swiftly pushed past him with his left hand.

The interaction clearly riled up Schwartz, because the latter coach then chased him down the length of the field in an attempt to say or yell something to him. Schwartz caught up to Harbaugh at the 20-yard line, and words were exchanged.

49ers tackle Anthony Davis then pulled Schwartz back from Harbaugh, and a growing scrum of players and other officials crowded around the two coaches.

After the game, Schwartz said “I went to congratulate Coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way. And then I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point, so it was a surprise to me at the end of the game.”

For his part, Harbaugh conceded that he may have shaken the opposing coach’s hand too hard. “That was on me a little, too hard a handshake there,” CBS reported. But Harbaugh evidently refused to apologize.

Harbaugh famously got into a similar postgame tiff with former USC Coach Pete Carroll after the 2009 game between Harbaugh’s Stanford team and USC. When Carroll got the sense that Harbaugh’s team was running up the score in that 55-21 rout, he asked the former Stanford coach “What’s your deal?” Harbaugh wisecracked “What’s Your deal?” back to Carroll, and a rivalry was born.

Carroll now coaches the Seattle Seahawks, whom the 49ers beat 33-17 in the first week of this football season.

sbuel@sfexaminer.com

 

 

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