Originally written on Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Seattle...  |  Last updated 6/29/14

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14: Jim Schwartz, Head Coach of the National Football League's Detroit Lions, speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Share: So much of the discussion around San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s run-in with Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Sunday has been around a perceived lack of decorum creeping into postgame greetings in the NFL. “I went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way,” Schwartz said. “I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point. Obviously, when you win a game like that, you are excited, but there is a protocol that goes with this league.” But is the post game handshake really the sacred ritual Schwartz made it out to be? Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll might disagree. He confronted Houston Oilers coach Jerry Glanville after a game in 1987 over the Oilers’ cheap shots during the game, issuing a threat to the Houston coach. That’s probably not in the protocol Schwartz is accustomed to. On Sunday, Harbaugh got a little too excited after his 49ers beat the previously undefeated Lions 25-19. He ran across the field to shake Schwartz’s hand, ...
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