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

December 19, 2012, 2:15 pm
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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."

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