Recently, there was a bit of debate (in the comments of this post) regarding the behavior of Jim Schwartz, the Detroit Lions head coach. My own comments on the subject attempted to paint Mr. Schwartz as unprofessional and displaying bad sportsmanship. It was not a popular point of view. Well, it didn't take long for the Lions coach to give me a bit of an assist to support my point. After the 49ers win over the Lions today, Schwartz took exception to the exuberant celebration of Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers coach, immediately following the game. If you saw it live, the look on Schwartz's face gave away his irritation after shaking hands with Harbaugh. I assumed it would end there, but alas...
Jim Schwartz tries to Fight Jim Harbaugh After 49ers vs. Lions Game (via BSOTube)
Now, I'm not here to defend the behavior of Jim Harbaugh -- I don't think his celebration was very professional either. However, Jim Schwartz, at the very least, is guilty of laughable hypocrisy for taking exception to behavior that bears a striking resemblance to his own. In the fan debate I referred to above, I drew a comparison between Schwartz and Josh McDaniels when he was head coach of the Denver Broncos. And, who can forget the post game non-handshake between McDaniels and Todd Haley, the Kansas City Chiefs coach.
I might be in the minority, but I much prefer the laid back personality of Mike McCarthy, and the resulting uneventful post game handshakes, to the fiery personalities of coaches like Schwartz, Harbaugh, McDaniels, and Haley.