So we all remember the last time the San Francisco 49ers were at the Super Bowl, right? Well, do you remember the last time they were at all the media events in the week leading up to it? Maybe you choose to forget, but it was...well...kind of embarrassing.
Dubbed the “Harbowl” due to the coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens being Jim and John Harbaugh respectively, there was quite a bit of chatter around the brothers. There were even some segments with their father, Jack Harbaugh.
Where it got good though was with Randy Moss. Because Randy Moss had to go Randy Moss:
“You know, you talk about this and this, I think that I’ve had this year has been a down year for me statistically. The year before I retired was a down year and Oakland was a down year. So I don’t really live on numbers, I really live on impact and what you’re able to do out on the field so. I really do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever play this game.”
Hey, I love confidence just as much as the next guy. If Moss had said this with the Patriots, I’d get a laugh out of it and say, “That’s cute.”
Just one problem. He’s saying it in a 49ers uniform. And when you have the colors of Jerry Rice on you, you best choose your self-praise carefully when you call yourself the greatest at the position that Jerry Rice also played. Not to mention Jerry Rice didn’t need to tell anyone he was the GOAT.
The statement was embarrassing; having 49ers, fans turn on him before the game even happened. Moss didn’t help his case during the game because once things kicked off, he shut things down. A crucial Colin Kaepernick interception could have been misdirected or even caught if Moss made a play on it, but he just stood there and let it fly over his head into the Ravens’ hands.
Jerry Rice was nice enough to take the high road when asked about it, but the laugh factory was in full swing.
I wish I could say this was an isolated incident, but also during the week, cornerback Chris Culliver hopped on to speak with radio host Artie Lange. Let’s just say there’s probably a very good reason he wasn’t brought back to San Francisco.
Media week for the 49ers was just weird, for lack of a better word. You also have that awkward moment where Alex Smith is watching Colin Kaepernick speak at a podium while he’s just standing there waiting for someone to talk to him. When they did, it was about bittersweet moments and where Smith would be playing next year.
Just...weird. Compare it to this year, where the 49ers seem to be a bit more focused, and no one is knuckleheaded in an interview. You got Emmanuel Sanders talking about brotherhood, Dee Ford sticking up for his boys, just a very different atmosphere for the 49ers. No incidents, no accidents, no knucklehead.