Jim Harbaugh: Kevin Gilbride is outrageous, takes jab at Giants’ coaches

There’s been some serious back-and-forth between the 49ers and Giants this week, but the brunt of it has come from the coaches.

Earlier this week, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride suggested the Niners defensive linemen “get away with murder” when it comes to holding up offensive lineman.

“They have great players,” Gilbride said. ‘”They’re tremendous, they’re tough. They have great speed on the outside, Smith is a beast on the inside. He’s strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it, so he gets away with murder. That, in conjunction with the ability level they have, makes them as formidable as anybody we go against, and we go against some pretty good ones in Dallas’ and Philadelphia’s. They’re as good as anybody up front.”

Back-handed compliment, much?

When Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh got wind of Gilbride’s comments, you know he backed his players.

And he wasn’t shy …

“Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy,” Harbaugh said. “Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.”

A jab at Gilbride and the New York coaching staff. Hmmmmm …

When Justin Smith takes the field Sunday, you wouldn’t expect a brawl to break out. I can’t promise the same between Harbaugh and Gilbride.

Wonder how Tom Coughlin’s left hook is …

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