We’ve already heard Bill Belichik defend Seattle’s final offensive play call of the Super Bowl.
Today, former San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh chimed in that he, too, thought the Seahawks did the right thing at the end of the Super Bowl, but that they just got the wrong outcome
Harbaugh made the comments in a podcast with San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami that is mostly getting notice for the fact that Harbaugh said he was told after the team’s Dec. 14 loss at Seattle that he would not return as coach of the 49ers in 2015.
You can listen to the interview here, with the stuff about the end of the Super Bowl starting at about the 21-minute mark. The question is asked after Harbaugh talks about watching the Super Bowl and saying the game “was a credit to football.”
Of the play, Harbaugh says: “I really thought they had a good play call that was an insightful play against a goal-line defense and a really, really, really neat combination that they had. It was an inside, inside pick play and really was open and that young man from the New England Patriots (Malcolm Butler) made a play —- that is a play that the stars of the game don’t make. And he made a play that was, at best that ball gets knocked down and incomplete. But to make an interception on that play, what a phenomenal play. That was a play of a lifetime and all credit to him for making it.”
Asked to compare that with his decisions at the end of the Super Bowl two years prior and not handing the ball off to Frank Gore at the end, Harbaugh says: “They still had two downs to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch. In that situation, after it’s over, yeah you would love to go back and try a running play, given it to Marshawn Lynch and see how that would have worked out after you know how the other worked out. But that’s football. That’s the game. So my opinion was it was a good play call and it was an incredible play by the New England Patriots.”
So there you go.
UPDATE — For more on the other aspects of this interview, which is beginning to get a lot of national play for what Harbaugh said about leaving the 49ers, click here.