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Harbaugh says he’ll improve handshake

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Associated Press
October 18, 2011
— Jim Harbaugh’s aggressive, second-long handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz and accompanying back slap have talk radio all atwitter, and Twitter, too.

And, boy, were his 49ers players entertained by it all.


San Francisco’s emotional first-year coach is winning, and celebrating the team’s turnaround in his unique style—even if he rubs people the wrong way in the process. The Niners are 5-1 heading into their bye week after a


25-19 victory over the previously unbeaten Lions.


“We’re not here today to throw any salvos. There’s not going to be any salvos coming out of the West Coast,” Harbaugh said Monday.


Harbaugh spoke to NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson and vowed to improve his own postgame behavior. The NFL announced neither coach would be fined for their altercation at the end of the game.


Still, Harbaugh doesn’t plan to say sorry.


“Personally I can get better at the postgame handshake and we’ll attempt to do that,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t think that there’s any reason for an apology. We spoke about it after the game, and at some point we will talk in private. Apologies always seem to me like excuses.”


Schwartz on Monday said he regretted the incident, in which he chased down Harbaugh after the infamous postgame semi-greeting but was held back by players and team personnel.


San Francisco’s players talked about the run-in on the flight home from the Motor City, even with Harbaugh sitting among them in coach class and not in his first-class seat.


“It’s almost like he’s still playing football. He’s with us,” defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. “We thrive off of him.”


Jets beat winless Dolphins


At East Rutherford, N.J., Darrelle Revis ran back an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and the New York Jets did just enough to beat the Miami Dolphins, 24-6, on Monday night and end a three-game losing streak.


Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes and ran for another score as the Jets sent the winless Dolphins to their fifth straight loss.


Extra points

-- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a high left ankle sprain and is in a walking boot, leaving his status for this week’s game at Dallas in question. Bradford was injured during Sunday’s 24-3 loss at Green Bay.


-- On Monday, the Denver Broncos traded Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd, the league’s leading receiver last year, to the Rams for a conditional 2012 draft pick.


-- Saints coach Sean Payton underwent surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus and broken tibia in his left leg. A full recovery could take three to six months.


Payton was hurt during New Orleans’ 26-20 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday when Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was tackled into his coach along the sideline. Payton remained in the hospital on Monday for observation.




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