Jim Harbaugh may be gone from the San Francisco 49ers, but the team lives on in his head – if not his heart.
Harbaugh, now in his first season at the University of Michigan, managed to take a jab at the coaching staff of his former employer during Saturday’s postgame press conference following a lopsided victory over Rutgers.
Harbaugh "offended" by intent to deceive call/unsportsmanlike Added "we train our quarterbacks to throw to people who are uncovered"
Asked for his take on a penalty whistled against Michigan for "intent to deceive," Harbaugh veered off course with an answer, per the Press Democrat, that appeared to be a direct shot at the 49ers, who cut ties with Harbaugh at the end of the 2014 season.
“We train our quarterbacks to throw to people that aren’t covered, even if it’s a running play," Harbaught said. "I was watching an NFL game where they didn’t cover a receiver and the quarterback handed it off, and got maligned by scribes and pundits and so-called experts for not throwing it to him.”
For fans in the Bay Area, Harbaugh’s reference was unmistakeable – as evidenced in the above video. In a Nov. 1 loss at St. Louis, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was blasted for his failure to spot unguarded wide receiver Torrey Smith while the 49ers were backed up near the goal line.
Rookie running back Mike Davis was taken down for a loss on the play in question and a safety followed two plays later in an eventual 27-6 loss to the Rams. The following day, Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.