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Harbaugh raises concerns over talk of hitting Kaepernick

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Last year, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suspected that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was seeking help from the officials by raising questions about the limits of permissible contact against receivers.  Packers coach Mike McCarthy may now suspect that Harbaugh is doing the same thing regarding the limits of permissible contact against quarterbacks.

On multiple occasions this week, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews has talked about the importance of hitting a mobile quarterback, something the Steelers did successfully last year in containing Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“It looks as if as long as that quarterback is carrying out that fake, he loses his right as a pocket passer and rules that govern that,” Matthews told Bay Area reporters in a Wednesday conference call, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.  “We’ll see the hits that are legal and what’s not legal, but we think our game plan fits within the scheme of the officials and what we want to do.”

On Tuesday, Matthews made similar remarks in an appearance on ESPN Radio.

“You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense,” Matthews said, via Maiocco.  “If that means [coaches] pull them out of that type of offense and make them run a traditional, drop-back, pocket-style offense, I think that’s exactly what we’re going for.  So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

Harbaugh doesn’t care for those comments.

“You’re hearing a lot of tough talk right now,” Harbaugh said Wednesday.  “You’re hearing some intimidating type of talk — kind of things we were hearing a couple years ago.”

Harbaugh is referring, presumably, to the cartoonish remarks from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams regarding a desire to inflict injury on members of the 49ers offensive during a January 2012 playoff game.

“[It] sounds a lot like targeting a specific player,” Harbaugh said.  “You definitely start to wonder.  A man usually doesn’t tell you his bad intentions.  You know what’s being said publicly, not what’s being said privately.  I hope their intent is not going to be anything that’s not within the rules.”

Kaepernick seems to be far less concerned.

“I’m not worried about that,” Kaepernick said. “It’s football.  You’re going to get hit.”

Kaepernick is right, in theory.  But he can afford to be nonchalant about the prospect of getting hit.  Before he can be hit, he has to be caught.  And the Packers showed last year that they haven’t quite figured out how to do that.

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  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 4, 2013 7:36 PM

    That’s my quarterback *sniff*

  2. bonniebengal says: Sep 4, 2013 7:39 PM

    Matthews is talking about how the rules change when the QB leaves the pocket. That’s not the same as putting a bounty on someone. Shame on Harbaugh for trying to spin it that way.

  3. sfsugator says: Sep 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    Packers o line is horrible, they better hope Rodgers doesn’t take shots which he will, careful what you wish for.

  4. jhein23 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    I think this is the best defensive line Green Bay has had since their SB season. And now they have Nick Perry back at OLB instead of that stiff Walden. So I give the Packers a shot to keep this game close well into the 4th.

  5. thelastbesthope says: Sep 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    The whole “pistol/read option” thing is gonna fade because the QB’s are gonna get hit ’till the echo of the whistle…every play.

    In Kap’s case…no problem. He has a cannon, can stay in the pocket and will punish defenses regardless.

    But put RG3 on the endangered species list.

  6. justintuckrule says: Sep 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    Good. I hope these flashy, one-pass read QBs are knocked into the middle of next season.

  7. kacimlangford says: Sep 4, 2013 7:41 PM

    If they start hitting the read option QBs too often after they hand the ball off instead of running with it, they are going to start throwing flags.

    If they are running with the ball, they are fair game but in the pocket, it should just be like a play action pass.

  8. jrmbadger says: Sep 4, 2013 7:42 PM

    Seriously?
    Man up Harbaugh. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you are going to play the read option offense, your quarterback is going to get hit.

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:43 PM

    man up there jimmy

  10. d0minate says: Sep 4, 2013 7:44 PM

    It’s true, if the QB is pretending to hold the ball, they can knock his socks off, just like if he chooses to run downfield and block.

    Go get em

  11. beedubyatoo says: Sep 4, 2013 7:45 PM

    Last year the Packers hadn’t figured how to contain Kaepernick, we’ll see what they learned over the summer next Sunday.

  12. pencilmonkeymagic says: Sep 4, 2013 7:45 PM

    “I hope their intent is not going to be anything that’s not within the rules”

    Shooting people, beating team mates with beer bottles…

    As long as it suits you – right, Jim?

  13. 4949centennial says: Sep 4, 2013 7:48 PM

    Does Mathews know that using the same logic Niners D can beat the crap out of Rodgers every time he hands the ball right?

    With their pathetic OL thats more of a possibility than Packers sniffing Kaep.

  14. hobby53963 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:49 PM

    if hes running out of the pocket, hes a ball carrier just as a running back say, the defense should be able to tackle him as such the same. if you dont want him to take a hit, better make your rb carry the ball then.

  15. chawkup says: Sep 4, 2013 7:49 PM

    Is it a good sign that the coach is doing the whining and the player is taking the high road? I think probably not.

  16. weaponx73 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:50 PM

    Harbaugh needs to stop crying. Defense has always been about hitting the QB early and often. Stop trying to get an advantage by being a little pansy about it in the media. And if you don’t like your QB taking hits then don’t run the option. Someone’s getting awfully entitled for a guy who got denighed a Super Bowl ring two years in a row.

  17. btellington says: Sep 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    I wonder if Harbaugh would prefer that Kaep wear flags instead?

    If you run your QB, then you need to accept the fact that he’s going to get hit. That’s obvious, and claiming that it’s on par with a bounty system is just silly.

  18. beastmode5150 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:52 PM

    Look up two faced in the dictionary, you will see harbaugh.

  19. davikes says: Sep 4, 2013 7:52 PM

    Rather than worrying about hitting Kap, the Packers ought to figure out basic tackling techniques.

  20. zimaman says: Sep 4, 2013 7:52 PM

    option quarterback that runs the pistol is a runner and will be treated as such. he loses QB protections and they should not be allowed to slide. I cant wait until one of these guys gets lit up.

  21. raiderapologist says: Sep 4, 2013 7:52 PM

    Bad intentions? Everyone knows the goal for any pass rusher is to get some knocks on the QB. And any QB that is running with the ball is a running back, and everyone knows how hard they get hit. Unless Harbaugh instructs his defensive players to hug the guy with the ball and gently lay him on the turf, he should shut up.

  22. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 4, 2013 7:55 PM

    I think its Mathews that should be concerend about getting PANCAKED again by the Niner O-Line.

  23. joeytorontosucks says: Sep 4, 2013 7:57 PM

    Harbaugh’s complaining again? No way…

  24. tigershark49 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:58 PM

    I love coach harbaugh!

  25. Uncle Charlie says: Sep 4, 2013 7:58 PM

    They still tackle in the National Felon League?

  26. jofig56 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:00 PM

    Kaepernick showin more class than Harbaugh….

  27. gbfanforever says: Sep 4, 2013 8:00 PM

    Is there a moment in the day harbaugh isn’t whining or complaining?

  28. pecosbob says: Sep 4, 2013 8:01 PM

    Kaepernick probably would care if Green Bay actually had a defense.

  29. contra74 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:02 PM

    Dont worry Kaep, you wont be touched by the Packers D this week. In fact, you can go out there without your helmet and pads if you want.

  30. emperorzero says: Sep 4, 2013 8:03 PM

    Wait…a running quarterback might get …hit?!? Savages!

  31. mn1288 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:07 PM

    You don’t get special privileges juat because you run a gimmick offense. Why wouldn’t a QB be fair game in that situation?

  32. patriots123456 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:11 PM

    Hit the niner with the Dolphins hat on…

  33. bcajun says: Sep 4, 2013 8:12 PM

    Wheres Gregg Williams when you need em? LOL Karpernick=overrated

  34. gbatap says: Sep 4, 2013 8:14 PM

    They’re targetting your QB? No way!

  35. drunkwino says: Sep 4, 2013 8:15 PM

    Well, the good news is Harbaugh isn’t whining about the Superbowl anymore. Who’da thought he’d fit right in Napa Valley?

  36. bsizemore68 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:16 PM

    When he played QB for the Colts he was always looking for the officials to throw the flag if someone got within 3 feet of him, kind of like Brady does with the Pats. Bill

  37. yourignorancespreads says: Sep 4, 2013 8:19 PM

    You mean you can’t even say that you gonna hit a player now. Ok so go out there and hit someone as hard as you can but by all means don’t tell anyone that’s your intention. Hahaha. Harbough your such a chump. No no please don’t hit my quarterback.

  38. pjrhc says: Sep 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    If Harbaugh needs the refs to save his poor little QB, then he shouldn’t play him – or shouldn’t let him run. What a whiner! Matthews was talking STRATEGY, not threats, and Harbaugh knows it. What a whiner.

  39. bigredgoog says: Sep 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    The only thing that needs to be forestalled is the intentional tackling of the quarterback if the defender knows he doesn’t have the ball.

    It is a clear strategy being developed to ignore the runner and tackle the QB whether or not he has the ball.

    The league might as well state now whether it will consider such strategy within the rules. What if the QB hands off and holds his hands up to show he doesn’t have the ball, is he still subject to a pile driving tackle because at one point he was a runner outside the pocket?

    I don’t really care which way the rule is, just tell us before the season starts.

  40. markus3603 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:24 PM

    I think if Goodel wants to be consisten on his whole saftey thing then he should have a talk with Mr Mathews about his “tough Guy” comments lol
    But on a serious not, whats up Packers still salty after that embarassment you guys showed last time we played you guys?

  41. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 4, 2013 8:24 PM

    The steelers didn’t contain RG3. His receivers dropped 10 passes that game, including two easy touchdowns.
    They were lucky to win that game.

  42. radrntn says: Sep 4, 2013 8:25 PM

    a coach should work the refs…why not…Go Kap, go Pack, Wolf Pack that is!

  43. stevent92 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:26 PM

    Getting hit means the Packers would actually have to touch Kaepernick, something they didn’t do last year until the post-game handshakes.

  44. truckenlauten says: Sep 4, 2013 8:28 PM

    Sounds like comments from the gay community in San Francisco. I guess the next thing this whining coach will ask the NFL if it’s ok for Kaep to wear the red jersey so they won’t hit his QB.

  45. packers13xchamps says: Sep 4, 2013 8:33 PM

    Kaep wont make it through a full season running away from defenders…he wont be so lucky this year. Dont believe me, ask RG3.

    Hope he learned how to make good reads….otherwise its a gimmick of a career.

    Aaron Rodgers could teach how to make reads…thats a TRUE QB.

  46. sonoco says: Sep 4, 2013 8:36 PM

    Harbaugh defends his players anyway and every way.

  47. corvusmaximus says: Sep 4, 2013 8:36 PM

    What’s up with this other Harbaugh?

    Matthews was clearly talking about defending against the read-option not targeting any specific player. Was that some kind of veiled reference to a player bounty Jimbo just offered up?

    Defenses are going to figure away to negate it. Can’t have your read-option cake and eat it too, Coach.

  48. stellarperformance says: Sep 4, 2013 8:38 PM

    Harbaugh is trying to curry favor with the refs before the game even starts. Shut up already.

  49. bringbackkosar says: Sep 4, 2013 8:38 PM

    Deacon Jones is rolling over in his grave…this is what the NFL has come to?!

  50. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:46 PM

    Packers will be improved, they have replaced Erik Walden. He’s still looking for Kaepernick.

  51. dragonfly99 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:49 PM

    Harbaugh is whining and complaining again. You know the football season is here

  52. golfnut44865 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:50 PM

    QB’s are the lifeblood of the NFL. Too many hits on QB’s, rules will change. Audiences want to see offense, not defense. Sorry defenses, you’ll lose out again.

  53. truths4all says: Sep 4, 2013 9:13 PM

    If it is a Read-Run or Read-Pass, by all means, hit the quarterback and hit him hard!!!!!

  54. shayeezy says: Sep 4, 2013 9:19 PM

    harbaugh giving pete carroll a run for his money for biggest blowhard in the league.

  55. tangysizzl says: Sep 4, 2013 9:26 PM

    Expect to see a lot of corner blitzes by GB and a roaming Clay Matthews spying, blitzing and “Winning” all over the field.

    Going to be a good game, can’t wait.

  56. hendeeze says: Sep 4, 2013 9:31 PM

    The funny thing is people thing the Niners will come out and try to zone read a defense that got embarrassed by it last year. We know the Packers have learned some things over summer school. Too bad they won’t apply when the Niners chose not to run it zone read at a defense anticipating zone read. The great thing about Kap is the zone read is not the offense. It’s merely a single play. You can game plan to stop 1 play if you like, the Niners have the rest of the base offense they can utilize.

  57. flockingseahawks says: Sep 4, 2013 9:32 PM

    Hey Kaperdink, looking forward to hitting you week two. And don’t forget your earplugs

  58. nananatman says: Sep 4, 2013 9:36 PM

    Sounds fair. Hit the QB. Sounds like what a blitz is defined as. He fakes and leaves the pocket than he is just as much a ball carrier as the next guy unless Harbaugh expects the D to avoid him. That would be weird to watch.

  59. leroysbutler says: Sep 4, 2013 9:36 PM

    Can anyone image Harbaugh bringing his team back for the extra point if it was the Niners on the wrong end of the deal in the Fail Mary game against Seahawks. Think about that for a bit.

    I wonder what his demeanor would have been.

  60. albinorhino49 says: Sep 4, 2013 9:37 PM

    Kaep is a big dude he can lower the boom too I’m sure. This isn’t some little boy your going to hit. You are either the hammer or the nail you choose which.

  61. wabbitslayer says: Sep 4, 2013 9:42 PM

    Maybe the Packers will bring Harbaugh some cheese to go with that whine…

  62. Little Earthquake says: Sep 4, 2013 9:45 PM

    “[It] sounds a lot like targeting a specific player,” Harbaugh said.

    Yeah, the ball carrier, genius.

  63. dirtydrew says: Sep 4, 2013 9:50 PM

    The big talk by Mathews ain’t worth nothing. He got schooled last year and is nervous.

  64. thesteelskirt says: Sep 4, 2013 9:52 PM

    Hit hard, hit him frequently, and make it count. This is nothing the ravens, steelers, and even the niners have done to Brady, Manning, Brees, and Rogers

  65. geomega27 says: Sep 4, 2013 9:55 PM

    The d lines job is to sack qb’s for negative yards and stop conversions, not hurt the player. Hb’s only concern was the way Mathews was talking about hurting the guy for the season is something to be ashamed of.

  66. johnnyprc says: Sep 4, 2013 9:55 PM

    I doubt any of the read-option QBs will run nearly as much as they did last year. That may be good for opposing teams AND QBs.

  67. bullcharger says: Sep 4, 2013 10:08 PM

    Is Habaugh joking? Nothing that was said was wrong at all. The goal of the defender is to hit the QB. Always has been.

    As Belichick once said, the problem with the option in the NFL is if the QB keeps it you hit the QB and if the QB pitches it you hit the QB.

    Now the QBs feel like they can’t be hit! But if they become runners the league needs to allow them to be hit even if they get rid of it.

  68. jnova80 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Hey! Guess what? Kaep can throw a ball too, guys. Maybe they should game plan for that…

  69. kmartinson says: Sep 4, 2013 10:18 PM

    Harbaugh is going to need him to run as they don’t have the weapons they had last year. He is such a whiner. Is he telling his defense not to hit Rodgers? So glad his brother beat him last year.

  70. cags777 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:21 PM

    As bothered as I am with Harbaugh’s comments, Packers fans shouldn’t kid themselves if he and other 49ers players talked about hitting Aaron Rodgers hard throughout the game. There would be many Packers fans, players, and staff crying foul – especially if it actually happens.

  71. musicman495 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:27 PM

    If all it took to stop the zone read was to hit the QB on every play, anyone could be a defensive coordinator – even Clay Matthews. Wouldn’t you think the defense would also need to stop Frank Gore and Alfred Morris from scoring TD’s?.

  72. milesrunner262 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    I like Harbaugh but he’s off base here. It wasn’t long ago that the game plan for beating the Patriots was to hit Brady and get him out of rhythm. To beat the Colts you had to hit Manning and everyone knew it and said so. How is this any different than that? Teams pay defensive players big money to hit the QB and the more you hit them the more money you make in your next contract. Is that a bounty system? What do the 49ers pay Willis for? Just stopping the run? Ridiculous.

  73. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:41 PM

    My guess is that G-Bay cuts Tolzien next Monday…

    Nobody respects a stool pigeon… Well I may stand corrected. Scotty may be picked up and cut 16 times this year. LOL…

  74. pack15forever says: Sep 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    Go play with your rattle Harbaugh. You’ve always been a cry baby.

  75. aldog83 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:45 PM

    Kapernick is a big boy.

    All tatted up. All over the web and mags…..

    Get ready for the bullseye on your back…..

    Kap.

  76. forty9asty says: Sep 4, 2013 10:52 PM

    If you guys actually watched the games or looked at the stats, you would see that of all the so-called “pistol” or “read-option” offenses, the 9ers ran it at or close to the least. Also, of the same group of offenses, Kaepernick got hit less because he most often threw the ball away or scampered out of bounds before he could take the big hit. Hate on the 9ers and Harbaugh all you want to, but it will more than likely be the RG3s, Wilsons, Newtons, and Vicks out there that will suffer an injury due to the adoption of defenses (who can’t otherwise stop these QBs) by trying to hit the QB through/after the whistle. Better be careful what you wish for fellas, karma is a biotch…

  77. theytukrjobs says: Sep 4, 2013 10:53 PM

    They are talking about hitting Kaepernick while he’s carrying out a fake, generally as he’s fading away from the line.

    They aren’t going to land huge hits in that circumstance, and the only way for them to land that huge hit is for the OLB to abandon the running back. Or to go high, or low, or wrap him up and drive him to the ground.

    I think you’ll see some personal fouls and backs bouncing runs out wide if they exaggerate that gameplan. Either way, the Packers sound like the ones scared at this point.

  78. hansenbrothers says: Sep 4, 2013 10:53 PM

    Truth is, the way you defend the read option is to tackle every potential ball carrier every time. If the NFL wants the read option to become the new forward pass, then they’ll protect the qb. If not, then let em play. I say let em play. If you’re gonna be a potential ball carrier, you get hit.

  79. rt61 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:11 PM

    Do what what you do Harbaugh

  80. trebor64 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:19 PM

    Pretty soon it’s going to be touch football. Then watch the seat empty and ratings fall.

  81. lob12thmanrep says: Sep 4, 2013 11:26 PM

    Still laughing at jimmy for holding his hands in the air looking for a holding call in the super bowl. sorry bud officials cant always protect you.

  82. zetotalpackage says: Sep 4, 2013 11:27 PM

    Napa Valley Harbaugh unveils his newest whine, the Donttouchmyquarterback burgundy.

  83. clssylssy says: Sep 4, 2013 11:30 PM

    Players should probably keep their mouths shut least their comments be misunderstood/spun…whatever, to sound like they are conspiring to put “hits” on QBs in general, and particular QBs in particular. dejavu, Bountygate all over again by the squeeky clean cheeseheads! It does sound like Harbaugh has a legitimate concern that some would say is the product of his making:)

  84. rainponcho87 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:31 PM

    Seems like there is a gray area between faking a handoff and just handing off. Can’t a 49ers defensive player slam Rodgers after he hands it off and just claim he thought it was a fake handoff?

  85. sfniners4life says: Sep 4, 2013 11:36 PM

    All clay should be saying is that they need to improve and not get embarrassed on national TV. I’m sure Aldon wants to crunch Rodgers a few times and make him scared. Atleast he being mature enough not to say in the media saying it. Clay you couldn’t beat Alex at home what makes you think you got a chance. You got spotted a td with the early pick 6 and still got blown out by half time with your high profile passing game held in check.

  86. palmercot says: Sep 4, 2013 11:45 PM

    It may be worth a 15 yard loss just to see Harbaugh cry, especially if were loosing Sunday. Pete Carrol is just as big a jag as Harbaugh. It must be a left coast thing. If he’s out of the pocket and moving forward he’s fair game. That’s why the QB’s make 100’s of Millions of dollars.

  87. robf2010 says: Sep 5, 2013 12:18 AM

    Whether it’s the Read Option, the Veer, or the Wishbone, the defense has to be allowed to attack ALL of the options.

  88. dans761 says: Sep 5, 2013 12:53 AM

    Harbaugh is the biggest hypocrite crybaby in the nfl. Never seen a coach whine so much in my life! And his team is physical which makes him even dumber! I think he’s a perfect coach for their fans. The fans whine as much as Harbaugh and its funny!

  89. kuranda84 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:50 AM

    I really liked Harbaugh at one time. Now I can’t stand him. The comments had nothing to do with paying to injure someone and Harbaugh knows that. He’s just being himself again.

  90. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:53 AM

    Be worried Kaepernick, be worried. Your going to have defenses hitting you sideways this year. The second you make the decision to run, your no longer a QB.

    I’d be surprised if CK7 lasts the year as teams will be trying to take him out, literally.

  91. njpackerfan says: Sep 5, 2013 2:20 AM

    Matthews and the Packers D better come up a little bit bigger than they did the last two times these teams met. I think Matthews is trying to save some face. (People forget how we did the last time)

  92. fwbrodie says: Sep 5, 2013 2:27 AM

    Whiniest coach in sports.

  93. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:36 AM

    The most unlikeable coach ever. What a crybaby.

  94. forever9ers says: Sep 5, 2013 3:31 AM

    Two can play the same game. Just remember your own QB has to face the the Smith brothers, Brooks, Willis, Bowmen, Whitner and Reid.

  95. bobsnygiants says: Sep 5, 2013 5:02 AM

    HARBAUGH IS A CRY BABY, EVEN AS A PLAYER

  96. mclovin07 says: Sep 5, 2013 5:31 AM

    There’s no crying in football….unless your last name is Harbaugh…

  97. maddbearfan says: Sep 5, 2013 5:47 AM

    Kaepernick seems like a nice kid….but he’s just a gimmick and defenses will adjust to him. So hope he can throw the ball better.

  98. 81toro says: Sep 5, 2013 6:29 AM

    Some cheese with that whine? Please!

  99. src3084 says: Sep 5, 2013 7:27 AM

    Stop whining, Jim. Once a QB crosses the LOS he’s no longer a protected player. Hitting the QB is a major part of football. If you’re going to benefit from the running skills of your QB, then you have to accept the risk that comes with it.

  100. src3084 says: Sep 5, 2013 7:34 AM

    To Jim Harbaugh, I’ll give you my roster, and you will have something to whine about.
    Signed,
    Dennis Allen

  101. macbull says: Sep 5, 2013 7:44 AM

    You think the 49er defense is not going to go after QBs, like Aaron Rogers?

    Come on Harbaugh…

  102. mack2x says: Sep 5, 2013 8:22 AM

    Harbaugh trying to play the refs is a joke; but not as funny as the “whiner” fans on this site defending him.

  103. tsizzlesucks says: Sep 5, 2013 8:24 AM

    A whole season of hits in the pistol offense…tink Kordell Stewart, folks. These D coordinators are licking their chops with a whole offseason to prepare! There is a reason why the great pocket qbs play so long.

  104. zoellner25 says: Sep 5, 2013 10:10 AM

    Of course they are targeting Kaepernick. You always target the other team’s QB. Maybe not to injure, but definitely to hit the guy. Happens at every level of football.

  105. baily67 says: Sep 5, 2013 10:23 AM

    Harbaugh is a big baby.

  106. normnailz says: Sep 5, 2013 10:28 AM

    i hate the Packers and Matthews, but what he said is just fine. he didn’t say anything wrong. he talked about containing the QB and making a hit on him when they run the option read, that’s what you are supposed to do or you will get burned.

  107. floratiotime says: Sep 5, 2013 1:30 PM

    Can we at least let the season start before you get into ref baiting?

  108. twobluegills says: Sep 5, 2013 1:30 PM

    Everyone talks about the Packer’s O-line being so horrible. Could we at least wait till they play ONE REGULAR SEASON GAME before we come to this conclusion?? Perhaps this is just wishful thinking from the Packer haters.

  109. Canned Heat says: Sep 5, 2013 1:40 PM

    bigredgoog says: Sep 4, 2013 8:23 PM

    The only thing that needs to be forestalled is the intentional tackling of the quarterback if the defender knows he doesn’t have the ball.

    It is a clear strategy being developed to ignore the runner and tackle the QB whether or not he has the ball.

    The league might as well state now whether it will consider such strategy within the rules. What if the QB hands off and holds his hands up to show he doesn’t have the ball, is he still subject to a pile driving tackle because at one point he was a runner outside the pocket?

    I don’t really care which way the rule is, just tell us before the season starts.
    ________________________________

    Seriously?? Did you just now start watching football?? From pee wee to high school to college and to the pros, if you run play action fake or option or wing tee or any offense where you pretend to have the ball…you are not protected from getting lit up. Ever. hat’s why no on does it anymore. It’s always been that way and probably will until mid season when Kaep and Wilson and a few others running this new wrinkle get waxed for the year and the NFL will change that rule too.

    I’ve said this since Cunningham got smacked, since Culpepper got bounced, when Vick started getting lit up, and when RGknee went hard down….this league is too tough for a running QB. Remember when Bradshaw and Jimmie Johnson talked to Shawn King, Akili Smith, Vick, and Culpepper on a Fox pregame special about how their legs were going to change the game about 10-12 years ago?? Half the RB’s in this league are knocked out early and have much more shorter careers. The running/option QB will be a short-lived experiment under the big lights. Book it.

  110. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 5, 2013 2:43 PM

    IMHO, if they offer any protection to the QB for this run-option they should eliminate the QB-slide.

    The power and protection they are giving the QB, coupled with the incredible athletes that are playing the QB position now, will turn the NFL into the NBA where one person can dominate a game. Football is a team game. That should never change.

    The QB protection rules were intended to protect a fragile pocket passer, much smaller than the other players usually, who occasionally would scamper for a few yards. We now have behemoth QBs with world-class speed who are abusing those rules.

    Simple rules – QB steps out of that pocket and they are a runner, pure and simple.

  111. dgarcia56 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:29 PM

    wonder if whiner jim will feel the same when his 9ers go play russell wilson and that read option.. next week.. c’mon whiner if you run your qb they should be able to get hit.. duh…

  112. beckhruby says: Sep 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    The article should have ended with one final word….BOOM!

  113. sourafgany says: Sep 5, 2013 6:45 PM

    Ok…Clay Mathews can talk about hitting Kaepernick all he wants that’s just bs talk cuz they got scorched last year on his record setting performance…now I’m pretty sure as intelligent as Harbaugh an Greg Roman are there not gonna go into the game with the same game plan as last year cuz we all no all preseason the packers an the rest of the league are preparing as hard as they can in stopping the read option…but what you all are failing to realize is CK has one of the livest arms in the nfl an he’s not a running qb like Griffen…now back to the Mathews comments …He messed up by talking smack before a game about an opposing teams qb..lmao when ur QB will be facing the most gifted hardest hitting defence in all of football.. Congratulations Clay Mathews … You just hung your QB out to dry… Aaron Rodgers is the QB who will be getting hit all game…..

  114. geomega27 says: Sep 5, 2013 6:59 PM

    How are they going to hurt CK. Last year they didn’t lay a finger on him . Now all of a sudden they are magically going to get to him early and often.

    9ers d have a way better chance of getting through that weak gb O-line. should have spent all season practicing how to Stop 9ers pass rush.

    sf is just way deeper talent wise won with Alex smith and Ck7 last last year.

    Clay Mathews ” Oh i get it , we should hit the Qb.” Isn’t that your job? And all the fans acting like he just invented the wheel. Super funny.

  115. vfan76 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:37 PM

    Leave it to the Packers to cry foul. Pathetic.

  116. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 8, 2013 1:37 PM

    Is there a bigger whiner in football than Harbaugh?

  117. rabblefootball says: Sep 9, 2013 5:44 PM

    That hit was FLAGRANT. There is no place for hits like that in Today’s “bounty-less” league. You would think Goodell’s NFL would have issued a harsh punishment? PLAYER SAFETY? I THINK NOT!

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