Jim Harbaugh got a little too excited after the biggest win of his brief, but remarkable reign as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Lions coach Jim Schwartz went into a full-fledged tirade and had to be separated from Harbaugh.
While some may think the arrogance Harbaugh displayed after the game warranted the Schwartz freakout, 49ers fans are just happy to see a head coach who can bring the fight the old Niners were sorely lacking.
While previous head coach Mike Singletary may have been more than willing to fight with his own players, as his blowouts with Alex Smith and Troy Smith indicate, Harbaugh brings a different sort of fight.
He isn't a tyrant by any means. He's a leader, a teacher, a general and the sort of coach players are willing to run through a brick wall for. Some people aren't a fan of Harbaugh embarrassing the Buccaneers by 45 points last week. Some people think he needs to have a more reserved demeanor.
His intensity isn't always well received, he's not a popular figure amongst all of his opponents, but he's winning and that's all that he matters. When Schwartz went into full troll mode, Harbaugh was content with letting his winning result speak for him.
There wasn't any malicious intent in Harbaugh's actions. He's an intense guy. He was excited. He admitted that the handshake was too hard, but whatever lack of sportsmanship Harbaugh exuded, Schwartz beat it by a mile.
Schwartz put his team in a dangerous position. Luckily, the players kept their cool much better than their coach did. Schwartz and Harbaugh both a statement to their team today with their actions.
Schwartz is literally willing to fight for the respect of his team. He felt Harbaugh crossed the line. Clearly, the locker room is going to appreciate that.
Harbaugh proved that he's rogue. He's not in this business to make friends. He's here to win. A traditional postgame handshake amongst coaches wasn't in the cards today for Harbaugh.
It's the biggest win the 49ers have had for the greater part of the decade. 49ers fans were jumping up and down just as much as Harbaugh. It's refreshing for the team and everyone in the fan base to see a coach so overcome with joy that the opposing coach wants to fight him.
Harbaugh has nothing to be apologetic about. He's brought the fight back in the 49ers and it's made all the difference in the world.