Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh had one of those tense meetings at midfield during the postgame hand shake at the conclusion of the game on Sunday. Harbaugh pretty much shrugged it off on Monday when asked about it by the Baltimore media.
“There was nothing uncomfortable at all,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “They played very well and I made a point to congratulate him on it,” Harbaugh said. “Hopefully he accepted that. It was all good.”
When pressed further about the awkward moment, Harbaugh continued.
“I really don’t know about the handshake agendas,” Harbaugh said. “I felt fine about it. It was fine. I just wanted to make sure he knew that we congratulated him and that’s it.”
The moment in question can be viewed here and you can see that Tomlin is somewhat in a hurry to quickly shake the hand of Harbaugh and head off in the opposite direction. Harbaugh pulls Tomlin back to him and the two exchange congratulations and go about there ways.
Harbaugh does seem perturbed nonetheless and glares at Tomlin as he walks away.
Tomlin undoubtedly will be asked about the exchange on Tuesday during his press conference and will likely shrug it off just as Harbaugh did. Hopefully these two teams can meet once more in the playoffs this year so we can see what the next handshake looks like.