Following the Niners win over the Lions Sunday, Jim Harbaugh went up to Jim Schwartz and gave what appeared to be an overzealous handshake to the Lions head coach.
Schwartz, who is known for his emotion as well, didn’t like the handshake nor what appeared to be the pat on the back, and went after Harbaugh, and a skirmish broke loose.
Harbaugh did admit after the game at the podium that was wrong in the way that he shook Schwartz’ hand, but says he wont’ say sorry to the coach. “I was really revved up. That wasn’t me, just shook his hand too hard. … That’s on me,” he told NFL Network’s Albert Breer. “Handshake was too hard.”
“I went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way,” Schwartz said during his postgame press conference. “I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point so it was a surprise to me at the end of the game.
“Obviously, when you win a game like that you’re excited and things like that, but I think there’s a protocol that goes with this league.”
The two teams of course don’t play again in the regular season, but if they should find a way to meet in the postseason, it will be interesting to see the antics of the two coaches leading up to the game.