Carroll: Harbaugh trying to get 'help from the officials'


Carroll: Harbaugh trying to get 'help from the officials'

Seattle coach Pete Carroll on Wednesday said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was just working the officials in November after complaining publicly about the physical play of the Seahawks cornerbacks.

"Oh, come on, that was just coachspeak," Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

After the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Seahawks earlier this season, Harbaugh was asked about his receiver getting "locked up" by Seattle cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.

"I wouldn't use the words, 'locked up,'" Harbaugh said. "We'll take that up with the officials (NFL office) and get their view of it."

Carroll on Wednesday responded.

"We didn't get our hands on many guys," Carroll said. "They were too good at the line of scrimmage. We had trouble getting ahold of those guys. We were working at it, but I don't know where that came from.

"I did go back and look at the film to see what Jim was talking about. And I had trouble seeing why there was a complaint. But the fact that he did, he was just trying to get some help from the officials, I think."

The Seahawks will have a different look in the secondary, as Browner is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Sherman will have appeal heard on Friday for his own four-game suspension.

The Seahawks last week started rookie Jeremy Lane (6-foot, 190 pounds) and second-year cornerback Byron Maxwell (6-1, 207) also saw significant time.

"We have corners who are good-sized guys and who can run like crazy," Carroll said. "And they've been coached in the same style. We're not changing our style drastically by changing personnel. We got guys we picked who play the way we like to play."

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’


Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups


Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"