You don’t go into conference calls with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick expecting much.
The two are notoriously rugged interviews anyway and the conference calls that opposing teams have each week with media who cover the other team rarely yield a ton. So consider this no exception.
Neither professed that the events of last Jan. 19, when the Seahawks beat the 49ers 23-17 in the NFC title game, will matter when the two teams reunite for the first time on Thursday in the Bay Area.
“Don’t think it plays a factor,” Harbaugh said.
“No. This is one more game to get towards where we need to be for the playoffs,” said Kaepernick.
And neither bit when asked about Richard Sherman.
“My thoughts are he is an outstanding football player,” said Harbaugh, who coached Sherman at Stanford. “Tremendous at doing his job. Outstanding player. Speaks for itself.”
Said Kaepernick: “We are not worried about that. Worried about trying to win this game.”
And so on.
Not that you would have expected Kaepernick to say anything else when asked if Harbaugh would be back next season, but Kaepnerick did give an answer rather than declining. “I think he’ll be back,” Kaepernick said.
Asked why, he responded: “His resume.”
Harbaugh’s most interesting comment may have came when he was asked about cornerback Perrish Cox, who spent time with both the 49ers and Seahawks last season before returning to San Francisco this year and emerging as the team’s leader in interceptions with four.
“Just elevated to a high level his play,” Harbaugh said. “Ascending player each week. He’s solidified a spot as a known friend and trusted agent on this team.”