49ers, Seahawks neck-and-neck in West

Exchanges involving San Francisco 49ers safety Craig Dahl and his former St. Louis Rams teammates became the main event in NFC West smack talk over the past week.

Brandon Browner vs. Jim Harbaugh deserves a spot on the undercard. I offered initial thoughts during the NFC West chat Thursday in response to a question about whether Browner, the Seattle Seahawks' right cornerback, had "stepped over the line" by suggesting he'd put his hands around the neck of the 49ers' head coach if the two lined up against one another as players. The video atop this entry features additional thoughts via my conversation with ESPN's Michele Steele.

Dave Mahler of Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle has the audio for those interested in taking a listen. Harbaugh had previously commented on multiple Seattle suspensions for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Harbaugh cautioned against accepting at face value reports that the prescription drug Adderall was the reason for suspensions.

Browner served a suspension for PEDs late last season. Weeks earlier, Harbaugh had publicly questioned the tactics Browner and Seattle's other cornerbacks used against the 49ers. That is the context for the comments Browner made. In this case, as in the one involving Dahl and the Rams, none of the people making comments were making them directly to each other. Each was responding to what had been relayed to him.