San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh did not use his “talking points” following Saturday night’s 20-9 loss to the Houston Texans.
The NFL has instructed teams and coaches not to make any public criticisms of the replacement officials, and has provided talking points for coaches to use when addressing the ongoing dispute.
At first Harbaugh’s only answer to questions about the officials was, “Per instructions, I will not be commenting on the officiating.”
But after Harbaugh was asked about the way the first-team defense allowed only one field goal, that’s when he couldnt hold it in anymore and had to comment.
“Our guys, as they do a lot, they tightened up toward the red zone and held them to field goals. Big interference call in third quarter was some big yardage on that drive,” Harbaugh said, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. “I don’t know. It’s interesting. I don’t have the pulse on this game. What was it exactly? Us? Them? Some crazy, wild calls. Were they accurate? Weren’t they? We’ll see. I have a headache (from yelling) though. I have a darned headache. A lot them (the calls) didn’t seem like they were in the ballpark.”