Harbaugh, Carroll insist 49ers, Seahawks not chasing each other

Harbaugh, Carroll insist 49ers, Seahawks not chasing each other
March 25, 2013, 9:45 am
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Jim Harbaugh (right) and Pete Carroll are building their teams into NFC powerhouse squads. (AP)

There was Jim Harbaugh at 7:15 a.m. last week in Arizona, with a cup of coffee near his right hand and a soft drink situated close to his left.

At a circular table just a couple strides away was Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at a breakfast for NFC coaches at the NFL owners meetings.

It was fitting. After all, the 49ers and Seahawks have been closely connected this offseason. The 49ers won the NFC West and advanced to the Super Bowl, but they split two meetings with the Seahawks.

Seattle acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin in a trade. A couple hours later, the 49ers picked up Anquan Boldin in a trade that was agreed upon in a mere matter of minutes after Baltimore coach John Harbaugh called his brother with the 49ers.

The 49ers added defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, and the Seahawks countered with the additions of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

And, of course, neither coach would say that any moves were influenced by the other team.

"No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no," Carroll said. "That's what you think. We have to get better. The last thing we are going to do is evaluate how we are based on everybody else. To me, that is one of the worst mistakes you can make."

Harbaugh said the 49ers keep an eye on each of their NFC West opponents, not just the Seahawks.

"It's St. Louis, Arizona, Seattle," Harbaugh said. "Yes, no question, those are public enemies No. 1, 2 and 3. And you got to compete with them first and foremost."

Harbaugh insisted there was no order to the 49ers' enemies.

 

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