Many fans may still protest the 49ers and Seahawks as one of the best, if not the best, rivalry in the National Football League, but more words were exchanged between the two teams this week.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman told NFL Network that he no longer had any sort of relationship with his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh.
Harbaugh coached Sherman four seasons at Stanford University before both entered the NFL in 2011. The Seahawks selected Sherman in the 5th round while the 49ers hired Harbaugh to be their head coach.
Sherman, who made first team All-Pro last season, claims his relationship with his college coach ended at that point.
"I don't have a relationship with him," Sherman said in an interview with the "Total Access" program according to ESPN. "I don't try to go any route with him. I don't deal with him; he is not my coach. So I deal with what is going on in Seattle and I keep it there."
Several weeks ago, Coach Harbaugh angered Seahawk players with his comments regarding the substance abuse claims circling in Seattle. Five Seahawks have been suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy since 2011. But, Sherman did not fall into Harbaugh’s trap.
"I think his comments are what they are. We are going to be the bigger team, the bigger players," Sherman said Monday.
Bigger because they are taking steroids?
Even though some might not consider Sherman’s remarks to be a response, he is indirectly addressing what he seems to not want to talk about. But if NFL Access asked him a question about Harbaugh, it might be difficult to answer without bringing up his former coach. Maybe the media is now blowing up this rivalry for more than it actually is.
One thing is for sure, however, Seattle and San Francisco’s first matchup Week 2 on Sunday night should be a dandy.