Pete Carroll praises Jim Harbaugh and the ‘marvelous job’ he’s done

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (left) shakes hands with San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh after the game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 13-6. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Is Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (left) showing some love to his San Francisco 49ers counterpart, Jim Harbaugh? (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

As the offseason has drawn on, we as fans had been led to believe that there was no love lost between the Seahawks and the 49ers. The NFC West rivals have each added elite pieces to their rosters (Percy Harvin to Seattle and Anquan Boldin to San Francisco, to name two examples) and both are expected to make a run at a Super Bowl berth.

But Jim Harbaugh told reporters that even if Seattle were to get through his team to get there, he did not believe the Seahawks would be winners. Their history of PED use needs to be put to bed first, in his eyes.

In response, Seattle safety Brandon Browner told a radio show that he would like to choke Harbaugh if he were ever on the field.

This war of words has the chance to escalate exponentially until the two teams square off in Week 2 of the 2013 season. However, Seattle coach Pete Carroll tossed some cold water onto the situation in an interview on NFL Network, via Pro Football Talk.

“They’re a great program,” Carroll said of the 49ers. “They’ve done a marvelous job since Jim took over and they’ve done it all on the field. We respect that our division has really changed, we’ve changed along with it, and every single game we play is the biggest rival that we would ever know. . . . They’ve done some really cool things and play exciting football, and we love matching up with the division.”

In his latest statement, Carroll stayed away from the negativity in this rivalry that only dates back to last year between these franchises, but for years between he and Harbaugh. Carroll famously asked his counterpart, “What’s your deal?” when Harbaugh’s Stanford squad ran up the score on Carroll’s Trojans.

While sound bites may take a rest for now, in all likelihood, Carroll’s words won’t be the last we’ve heard from these two teams.

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