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."

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

Anquan Boldin owes the NFL some money.

The former 49ers wide receiver was fined $6,076 for throwing the football into the stands last Sunday near the end of the Lions' win over Washington.

Boldin tossed the ball into the crowd after his game-winning touchdown reception with 16 seconds remaining.

Through seven games this season, Boldin has registered 32 catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

The 36-year old played for the 49ers from 2013 to 2015.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.