Jim Harbaugh to “tough guy” Matthews: “Come with some knuckles”

Reuters

A day after Packers linebacker Clay Matthews drilled 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to set off a melee on the sideline, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh ripped Matthews for the play.

“A clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback is six, seven feet out of bounds . . . that certainly was a cheap shot,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh also said he was baffled at why 49ers offensive lineman Joe Staley was penalized for going over to the sideline to protect Kaepernick, a penalty that the NFL has since admitted should not have been called. Harbaugh derided Matthews for slapping Staley when Staley confronted him.

“I looked at it with my own eyes, I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s head. Well, one punch and one open slap,” Harbaugh said. “If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, you know, not an open slap.”

Harbaugh suggested that Matthews may no longer be viewed as so tough around the league after that.

“I think that young man works hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh also said that several Packers left the bench area during the incident, which is a violation of NFL rules.

“All in all, there were a lot of things going on in that stretch,” Harbaugh said.

And there’s always a lot going on when Harbaugh talks about the officials and the opponents. At this point, we have to hope the Packers and the 49ers have a rematch in the playoffs, when the Harbaugh-Matthews handshake will surely make the Harbaugh-Jim Schwartz handshake look like child’s play.

257 responses to “Jim Harbaugh to “tough guy” Matthews: “Come with some knuckles”

  1. Jim makes John look like the classy brother. Shut up Jim! We all know you think YOU are the tough guy here…

  2. As a Bears fan I do like Harbaugh and think he’s an excellent coach. Though I despise GB I can see where a lot of people can’t stand Harbaugh he is a bit if a blowhard, but Schwartz deserved the back slap, Pack are whack and Vikings are irrelevant. Bear down!!!!!!

  3. This would be a classic rematch 49ers get their WR’s back and the Packers get their missing DB’s back. And than with all this talk between Harbaugh and Clay – it would be epic. 2 of the best QBs in the league.

  4. You won, coach. Move on, get ready for the next brawl your team will be involved with against the Seahawks.

    And FWIW, Matthews seems to be pretty well respected around the league as a player and character wise, and nothing this loudmouth says about him will change that. Harbaugh’s own players still respect the guy, let it go. Matthews admits it was a stupid play, no one got hurt, SF won. What else do you want?

  5. Harbaugh’s right… whenever you hit someone wearing a helmet and a facemask, make sure you do it with a closed fist.

  6. Says the coach who pretended to be a tough guy by slapping another coaches back, which started the lamest “tough guy” scuffle that I’ve ever seen. Oh the irony!

  7. I think it’s embarrassing that staley got slapped by another man and didn’t do anything lol maybe he’ll need to repair his tough guy image after this lol

  8. A lot of people state Harbaugh’s antics as why they hate him, but it’s why I love him. Love a guy who can coach like he does, has the intensity that he does that shines brightest when not accepting losses as an option, has the passion he does for the game, and a guy who backs his players up.

  9. I dislike this Coach, and like Matthews. What he did on that play makes me think twice now. That was a punk move and he needed to have his butt kicked. Weak sauce Clay. Weak…..

  10. Amazing that Jim Harbaugh would do a better job enforcing NFL policy than the NFL appointed refs.

  11. As a Packer fan I’ve been waiting for years for a team to hate as much as I did the Cowboys (and to some extent SF) in the ’90s. I love this! #popcorntime

  12. Cant stand Harbaugh but he couldnt be more right. That was a cheap shot that a frustrated Matthews took on Kaepernick and even worse that he was throwing punches at Staley. He should have been ejected on the field.

    Matthews is a punk, plain and simple.

  13. That was not a good play by Matthews. He is better than that, or at least I hope so. He will get a great deal of negative press and attention from this that I don’t think he will want to do something like this again, or it will be magnified even more.

    Of course, Jim Harbaugh would comment, of course!

  14. Clay will now be called Cindy “Slappy” Brady,,,,Harbaugh is right, guys like Slappy and Suh really try hard to be bad *sses when really they are cowards. I say we take both of them and have a PPV cage match between them. Biting ,slapping, crotch kicking….all for our entertainment…

  15. By the way, Matthews was clearly out of line. But it was six or seven feet out of line. In slo-mo Matthews dives for him as he’s heading out of bounds, makes contact with him with one foot out of bounds, and drags him to the ground.

    Crybaby.

  16. harbaugh loves to hear him some harbaugh. what an egomaniac. truth is, they could have easily lost that game at home…

  17. From the picture above, it doesn’t look like he is 6 or 7 feet out of bounds. Maybe 3. Either way, dumb play.

    However, Harbaugh is the biggest whiner and was working the refs the entire game. Not a surpise he takes his shots through the media. Hopefully the next scuffle is near him on the sidelines and he gets bitch slapped!

  18. The hit was dirty… But Harbaugh needs to shut up! His players played a heck of a game and the QB looks like he’s the real deal! Let your players play speak for you. They seem like they can do a pretty good job.

  19. What is with this guy? Great coach but just stop talking already.

    Matthews made a bone-headed and owned up to it. The end.

  20. thepvyharvin says: Sep 9, 2013 4:52 PM

    Clay will now be called Cindy “Slappy” Brady,,,,Harbaugh is right, guys like Slappy and Suh really try hard to be bad *sses when really they are cowards. I say we take both of them and have a PPV cage match between them. Biting ,slapping, crotch kicking….all for our entertainment…

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    Isn’t about time you changed your screen name…and your team for that matter….

  21. I have a feeling that John will have a much longer and successful NFL coaching career than little bro’ Jim.

  22. clay matthews > jim harbaugh. clay didn’t lose any ounce of respect from me for making that play. he was actually still in bounds when he launched at kaep.

  23. Yeah, Harbaugh is tough guy. He showed that by crying like a little girl the whole game.

    Pretty funny when his quote…5 or 6 feet and clothesline to the neck are right next to the picture. Ummmm that’s not 6 feet, not to mention Clay is already vertical so the decision was made long before. That also isn’t his neck, that’s across his chest.

  24. For those saying Matthews is a punk, afford for a moment that perhaps you, the players you root for and the team you root for have been sissified by the NFL and that Matthews may be a player that hearkens back to the days we all say we wish we had back.

  25. Great picture, because Kaep’s left foot is first moment he was completely out of bounds.

    Matthews to get where he is in that frame obviously had to launch himself before he knew Kaep was going out of bounds.

    Did it deserve a flag ? Yes

    Does it merit all the flack he is getting for it?

    Absolutely not.

  26. Jim knows all about how to punch people with a closed fist and end up breaking his hand. Just ask Jim Kelly. He also knows how to smash up his car drunk on a college campus. I’m sure he has some pointers there, too.

  27. IMO, doesn’t look like a clothes line around the neck, looks like the chest area, secondly, I don’t think that is 7 feet out of bounds. I am a Seahawk fan and I have respect for Kap and Clay, but none what so ever for Hagbaugh, I just can’t stand people that whine and cry on every play and at every call, come on man, just do your job!

    GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

  28. He’s right….Matthews is a wannabe tough guy. Maybe if he’d spend less time on his hair he could back up his big talk.

  29. once again the Green Bay defense is a complete JOKE!!!!! I think for next weeks home opener they should have Cindy Matthews lead the charge out of the tunnel followed by a mini Cooper which will drive out to the 50 yard line. Then the other 10 hapless loser can get out of the trunk and do a chinese fire drill and have someone with a SF jersey run by them all!!!!

  30. Matthews runs his mouth all wee, and everyone is ok with it.

    Harbs tells the truth after the game, and everyone claims he needs to shut up.

    Interesting. Sounds like nothing but hating to me.

  31. In a perfect world…
    Matthews would get on a plane…
    Fly out to San Fran…
    And indulge Jimmy Blowhard in a game of…
    Stop Hitting Yourself.

  32. The Gillette commercial is more damaging to his tough guy with sensitive skin image.

    Staley had no business going over there at all. The Refs are for protecting players and the rules.

    6 or 7 feet out of bounds? Is that an official measurement from across the field or an estimate like the one Mrs. Harbaugh got on the first date.

  33. Clay Matthews 1 Super Bowl win that he played a huge part in causing a late fumble. No character issues to date, made a hot-headed play in the heat of the moment. Clay was everywhere yesterday and his pride was on the line and he played great. Rest of D, not so much. He even admitted that he wasn’t smart on that play. Matthews has never had character issues and I’m pretty sure he should get the benefit of the doubt here. 49ers are a great team, they have won nothing to date however with Harbaugh so maybe he should pump his breaks before he gets personal towards guys who, minus 1 late hit, play the right way. There is something to be said for humility, and I’m pretty sure the 49ers will eat some humble pie this sunday night, so it will all work out in the long run. Dude can puff out his chest all he wants, they act like they are the 3 time defending champs, when in actuality he got punked by his older, far classier brother, even though the 49ers roster was far superior. Win something this millenium before you start acting like you run the league. Pretty sure Clay isn’t firing guns off a balcony either.

  34. jhein23 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:49 PM
    This would be a classic rematch 49ers get their WR’s back and the Packers get their missing DB’s back. And than with all this talk between Harbaugh and Clay – it would be epic. 2 of the best QBs in the league.
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    Put the pipe down Kaepernick is not one of the best QB’s in this league. When he actually accomplishes something then we can decide where he falls on the QB ranking list.

  35. Matthews should have been called for a personal foul, and was. But “six or seven” feet? Look at the picture above, taken at the point of contact. If you figure Matthews is 6’4″ or so, CK is about 3′ out of bounds at the point of contact. What Matthews should have been nailed for is leaving his feet. Also, a clothesline is when you hit the opposing player around the neck. As you can see, the arm is around the shoulder pad.
    Also, while Matthews was confronted by Staley, a good number of 49’ers also arrived. The refs correctly deduced that both teams needed a penalty and assessed it, albeit wrongly.

    In the end, the 49’ers proved they have more top-level players than the Packers. While the 49’ers went out and picked up A. Boldin and Nnamdi Asomugha to help their team, Ted Thompson was out picking up players from the NFL equivalent of a rummage sale. Ted is proud of the fact the Packers are nearly the youngest team in the league every year and they have all this cap room. That philosophy isn’t so good today, is it?

  36. Basically what harbaugh is sayin if ur gonna hit somebody hit em while theyre facin u. Not while there backs are to u. Don be a sissy. Man up. Whats ur deal Matthews?

  37. This 49er team are dirty players who need to have refs hand them games. I have no respect for them or their fans.

  38. Where are all these crying Packer fans everyone keeps talking about? The majority of posts I see are saying Clay made a bonehead play and the Niners won.

  39. 303bengalguy says: Sep 9, 2013 4:46 PM

    Jim makes John look like the classy brother. Shut up Jim! We all know you think YOU are the tough guy here…
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    Uh, he is the classy brother…are you serious?

  40. @gopackgo1285 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:50 PM
    Let em talk.

    Adds more bulletin board material and more motivation for us.
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    Your team needs that to motivate you to win? They are supposed to be professionals motivated by the desire to hoist the lombardi.

    BTW, that shot at Kaep was cheap and he should be disciplined. Everyone who saw the game saw that he should have been penalized for the fracas with Staley.

  41. As a Packers fan, the 49ers are a better team than the Packers right now. They were better coached and they outplayed the Packers in every aspect of the game yesterday.

    That being said, F Jim Harbaugh.

  42. The 49ers should have whooped his
    a%$ right then and there. because that bum tried to hurt Kap. and another game would NOT be different because the 49ers beat the packers everytime they see them. Move on packers fans because the rest of the schedule is waiting and its just as hard for a team with no O-line

  43. Last I knew it was a free country, Harbaugh can speak whatever he wants. “We’re the San Francisco 49ers, we can do whatever we want”- Jim Harbaugh. Yeah you just wish your coach had balls like that. I got an idea how about stating your head coach while bitching about mine.

  44. not a fan of big hits, but it was freaking hilarious. unlike suh’s hit, I didn’t think he really put kaepernick in a spot where he was going to get hurt, whereas suh basically took an 80 percent shot that he was going to blow out that guys knee.

    they both should obviously be facing fines.

    I wish harbaugh would be quiet. he complains CONSTANTLY during games about penalties that are already over. the game has continued and he acts like the refs are going to stop play and tack on the 5 yards he believes they deserve. then after games, he yaps about stuff that already happened. just shutup!

    49ers are awesome, they have a great coach, but he can be a bit rex like at times

  45. I absolutely loved the play by Clay. After two embarrassing losses to the 49ers, and with Woodson leaving the team, this was the perfect move internally for Clay. He’s establishing himself as the leader of the defense, and is taking it upon himself to set the tone and demeanor of his squad.

    As for Harbaugh, I’ve always liked the guy, but who the hell brings knuckles to a helmet/facemask? Slaping a man in the side of the helmet, especially on the ear hole will inflict much more pain and anger!

    Looking forward to meeting them again in the playoffs.

  46. @s0merand0mguy says:
    Sep 9, 2013 5:07 PM
    jhein23 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:49 PM
    This would be a classic rematch 49ers get their WR’s back and the Packers get their missing DB’s back. And than with all this talk between Harbaugh and Clay – it would be epic. 2 of the best QBs in the league.
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    Put the pipe down Kaepernick is not one of the best QB’s in this league. When he actually accomplishes something then we can decide where he falls on the QB ranking list.
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    And who do you have QBing your team? Mark Sanchez? We 9ers fans have been spoilt by excellent QB play so we know when we see it.

    While Kaep has a long way to go, everything anyone is seeing from him is pointing in a very positive direction.

  47. staley stood up for his QB, there was a penalty, I don’t see why harbaugh is still even talking about it. shut that down. Mathews said it was dumb, its not like he is taunting them over it after the game.

    Let it go man

  48. This dude always gets a free pass when everyone wants to make an examples of Suh. About time he gets called out

  49. That was 100% a cheapshot and Roid boy deserved to be ejected and suspended. At least Clay was smart enough to punch Staley with a closed fist to the helmet. He likely would have broken his hand.

    Harbaugh was also right that all the Packers players on the sidelines who joined in on the fight should have been penalized as well. Like him or not, he’s right.

  50. Fake tough guy Jim Harbaugh calling Clay Matthews a fake tough guy? That’s hilarious! I think they should step in a ring a settle this.

  51. I agree Mathews should have been ejected. But if that Baltimore Safety from the playoffs last year doesn’t even get a #$%ing penalty for shoving a ref, let alone getting disqualified then the standard for being disqualified has been set to where it can almost never be enforced. And the ref who got shoved should be fired btw for being a weenie.

    And I agree, both Harbaughs spend most of their time working the refs during the game. They embarrass themselves with their incessant whining.

  52. Saw the post game handshakes, Mathews sought out Kaepernick, apologized for the play and shook his hand…..two things Harbaugh is incapable of doing.
    Loved him as a player but now he is parody……

  53. Now that all Harblow does is coach, its easy to sound like a tough guy himself without actually being on the field. Im sure if he was on the field he wouldnt be running his suck as much as he has been. And seriously quit complaining about EVERYTHING! This is a MAN’s game! Show up, shut up, and play ball! Shocked he actually had the stones to play.

  54. Harbaugh was right to call the out-of-bounds clothesline a cheap shot, but his comments weren’t necessary.

    All Harbaugh and CK have to do so point at the scoreboard.

  55. scoops1 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    Isn’t about time you changed your screen name…and your team for that matter….
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    Classics don’t change lil sister,,,,,and the Mighty Vikings will always be my team,I bleed purple. Now go jump ship and become a Bronco or Seahag fan fairweather chick….

  56. Harbaugh is such a toad. Speaking of “respect”, I have no idea how that team respects him. You would never see Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin or Mike McCarthy go spouting off about a player on a team they just beat.

    By the way….the “hit” wasn’t so bad. He could have taken Kaps head off if he wanted to. It seemed like Matthews realized his error in mid flight. Also, punching another players’ helmet with a closed fist is not such a great idea. It’s almost as fun watching Harbaugh lose as it was watching Buddy Ryan lose.

  57. Harbaugh had a chance to say this to Matthews after the game. He walked right behind Clay after the coach’s handshake. Saying it in the media but not man to man when he had the chance? Easy to talk noise when you don’t have to back it up on the field. Who’s the punk?

  58. People always complain about Jim and John Harbaugh’s complaining. But in reality most of those complainers would kill to have either of the Harbaugh’s as their coach over who they presently have

  59. Someone tell Harbaugh to shut up! The Harbaugh brothers shtick will get old to owners and fans alike soon!

  60. People who want coaches to shut up should maybe not listen? They respond to questions asked by reporters to keep fans informed. I’m sure most teams are like “families”, and families stick up for each other if they have a tight one. And the niners have a tight one, with a coach who does and says everything to make his family better!

  61. Coach cries too much.. hate to see how his reaction would have been when football was football…the hitting back then compared to this flag league play would have given him a heart attack

  62. Hahaha! I love it! Harbaugh you are absolutely right. And all you haters above me only hate harbs for one reason. His team is kicking everyone’s butt. Clay Matthews is scum. And just like kaep said, if intimidation is your game plan, you better have another one! Next up the loud mouth see-talks!

  63. I absolutely love Jim harbaugh, first off he’s is super competitive, he really wants to win, he’s not one of these ho hum coaches like most of the haters favorite team has. He has his players back. Everybody is always crying about horrible officiating, then they get mad when harbaugh gives it to th refs. One thing I do know, I wouldn’t hate the Seahawks as much as I do, if I didn’t know he were a great football team, and a legitimate threat to the niner empire, so maybe that’s why all you guys hate on harbaugh. He is fiery, oh man I love it, when he’s going crazy, on the sideline. It makes you realiz ho much he cares, why does that agitate everyone. And clay Mathews was a little too fired up about making sure kap wasn’t running on em. The greatest part was that he didn’t need to. Those refs were giving a little green and yellow love, for one Mathews should’ve been ejected, two those offensive line men were holding the smith brothers almost every time they came in, and I think it only got called a couple times. Plus brooks just bumped Rodgers after he threw a pass, and got a 15 yarder, Mathews completely tackled kap after he threw a pass, and the ref didn’t even blink.

  64. a picture is worthless, simply a snapshot of an event. Watch the replay – Matthews was CLEARLY launched before Kaep went out of bounds. The impact occurred when he was out of bounds. At first glance it seems to be a dirty play but in reality it was not dirty at all. BUT it did give Harbaugh yet another reason to piss and moan about hitting his QB.

  65. no one is talking about the swan dive Matthews took toward the end of the game – and then appealing for a penalty – bad acting Clay

  66. This is Harbaugh , he is the Genghis Khan of head coaches. He got into Green Bay’s head before the game and they thought C.K. was going to run. Matthews was frustrated and lost his cool because he knew he was getting outplayed and outsmarted.

  67. gopackgo1285 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:51 PM
    ……and that is NOT 6-7 feet out of bounds.
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    But, OUT OF BOUNDS !!
    And She-Ra knew it
    Cheap shot by a Cheap Shot artist and ‘supposed tough guy’

    Go, She-Ra Go !!!

  68. Its okay Packer fans, Seattle will destroy SF next week and shut Whinebaugh up for a while. Actually, he will most likely whine about something now that I think about it. “Seattles too loud!!!! I want cake!”

  69. Jim Harbaugh is starting to sound like a kook. Harbaugh should just act professionally. He has completely turned around a very storied franchise very quickly and turned them in to possibly the best team in the league. Starting to act like a fool can only screw things up for them.

  70. I bet Jim wasn’t pissing and moaning that he got the benefit of a bad call when they scored the touchdown after that play. It should have been 4th down after that and the refs let them replay 3rd down and Boldin scored a TD. You don’t hear him talking about that…

  71. It was hard for Matthews to see that Kaep was out of bounds once he launched. At that angle it is impossible to see forwards if your forehead is Cro-magnon-like as Matthews is.

  72. LOL – this clown Harbough is an embarrassment to the NFL. Like the NFL needs another embarrassment like him running his mouth.

    He’s like the little kid in a corner who can’t stand to be quite for just two seconds. I’ve never seen such a spastic, childish whiner!!

  73. This is Harbaugh , he is the Genghis Khan of head coaches. He got into Green Bay’s head before the game and they thought C.K. was going to run. Matthews was frustrated and lost his cool because he knew he was getting outplayed and outsmarted.

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    How was Matthews outplayed or outsmarted? With the exception of being over-aggressive with Kaepernick on the sideline, he played a very good game.

  74. ur2smooth says:
    Sep 9, 2013 5:52 PM
    I bet Jim wasn’t pissing and moaning that he got the benefit of a bad call when they scored the touchdown after that play. It should have been 4th down after that and the refs let them replay 3rd down and Boldin scored a TD. You don’t hear him talking about that…
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    Actually the NFL admitted that Staley should have not been flagged on the play. It should have been 1st and goal from the 3 for the 49ers. Read more.

  75. rpiotr01 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:50 PM
    You won, coach. Move on, get ready for the next brawl your team will be involved with against the Seahawks.
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    This may come as a surprise to some people here, but all NFL coaches are required to do these things called “press conferences”. At these press conferences, they are required to answer questions posed by reporters. You might also be surprised to know that the questions at Monday press conferences are usually about the game from the previous day.

    Any 49ers beat writer would tell you that Jim Harbaugh would rather just coach football and not bother talking to the media, and their biggest complaint about him is how little he says in response to a lot of questions. If it bothers you so much that he occasionally gives more than a few words in response to questions he can’t avoid being asked, and for some reasons PFT likes to post everything he says with a negative spin, perhaps you could simply stop clicking on PFT links about Jim Harbaugh.

  76. Harbaugh is the one that tries to act tough, clay would destroy him. That said I give SF a lot of respect bcuz they are a very good team. I just hope GN gets another shot at them in the playoffs.

  77. Watch the replay. 6-7′ out of bounds? Yeah- and your packing 12 in your pants harbaugh- right? This guy acts like an infant. If your boy is gonna run the ball- he’s gonna take some shots. Thats NFL football brother. Granted he was out of bounds, but it was MUCH closer than the drama queen is making it out to be.

  78. Surprise no 9er just go after Clay Bighead Matthews hair, pull some out and he won’t be thinking he’s so hot anymore, much easier then getting in his face and getting a penalty.

    If that don’t work, get behind him and pull his pants down… not hard lol.

  79. Its funny how everyone talks about Harbaugh like he is a bad coach, when every team besides NE or Bal would take him in a heartbeat. Yeah he works over the refs… so did Phil Jackson! He says things in the media so the league will pay a lil more attention to his points. Intense coach that goes to war for his players 24-7-1 reg season nfc championship and super bowl in 2 seasons… Everyone hating would love him if he was their coach

  80. farvite says: Sep 9, 2013 6:04 PM

    “Put a jersey on”, Jim
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    Harbaugh did play in the NFl. What has the HC of your team done?

  81. Matthews deserved a flag for a dumb hit. He admitted it. He was right.

    He doesn’t have a reputation for cheap shots. He plays hard and plays well. I wish every Packer defender played exactly like him. Whether it was him assuming the mantle of leadership from Woodson or Jolly’s return and his physical mentality (or both), the Packers sure didn’t look like the soft team that got ran out of Candlestick last January. They matched the 49ers physicality in a very good football game that went down to the very last play.

    Sounds to me like Harbaugh doesn’t like it when his team is one the receiving end of the kind of physical play that his team is routinely praised for dishing out. Kaepernick’s comments have a little bit of that in them, too. Tough luck for them. They’d be better served just moving on.

  82. I don’t know what Harbaugh is complaining about. In the SB he vilified the refs for the supposed pass interference and his team just won because the refs stupidly gave them an extra down, calling it 3rd instead of 4th. I’d say you owe them one Jimbo.

  83. Harbaugh is an egotistical azz but can’t disagree with his assessment of Matthews personally and with that particular play. If Matthews wasn’t on the juice he would most likely be a punter in the NFL. Anyone who watched that game could see that Matthews intentionally launched himself at the QB knowing full well that the QB was out of bounds. Matthews should’ve been ejected from the game, but just like Suhsie, the “stars” are only ever slapped on the wrist. It’s the grunts on a team who the NFL likes to make an example of and eject from the game. At a minimum, the league should suspend Matthews for at least one game and anyone who is assessed a personal foul like that in the future, the suspensions should increase with each infraction….kind of like the NFL does with PED’s etc. Matthews is a punter in a PED body and Harbaugh is an azz that is more like Jim Schwarz of Lions than he is like his own brother John Harbaugh.

  84. Jim, you won the game. The penalty saved your drive. And Matthews apologized to Kaepernick’s face (unlike the guy who waited until the next day to start calling people names). Shut up already.

  85. @hscorpio……….”Harbaugh doesn’t like it when his team is one the receiving end of the kind of physical play ”
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    I can only smile at what you would be saying if Aaron Rodgers was the one getting hit illegally.

  86. It’s OK, 20 years from now Harbaugh will be awesome on the NFL Network’s “Missing Rings”.

    They can cover how he came so close with SF and the Hail Mary that fell just short in Indy.

  87. Coming from Harbaugh who flew across the country to punch Jim Kelley in the face, it’s probably sound advice.

  88. Those who wish to open hand slap Harbaugh, line forms to the left.

    Those who wish to give Harbaugh a knuckle sandwich, the line forms to the right.

  89. At this point, Harbaugh could try to sue for world peace and people would come out the woodwork to knock him. But if he were to be announced head coach of your favorite football team, all the haters would suddenly become his biggest fans.

    Can we stop talking about this now, and start talking about the terrible flop Claire Matthews tried to get over on the refs? Even Aikman clowned him on the broadcast saying he should take some acting lessons @ USC. This isn’t futbul Claire, stop trying to emasculate the sport.

  90. Didn’t harbaugh kinda provoke this incident by making such a fuss about what was said about hitting a read option quarterback? By fussing about it he pretty much guaranteed someone was gonna deck kap. And by asking the refs to watch out for his qb getting hit isn’t that much more of a sissy move than a late hit out of bounds

  91. This is why the 49ers are nicknamed the “Whiners”–always crying about something.

    Last week he didn’t want anyone to hit his “china doll” quarterback sorry, bud ,but if your QB leaves pocket he becomes a running back. Somebody oughta smack him? Welcome to the NFL young buck.

  92. HarBoil is the King of Whinning. The guy really believes the words out of his mouth mean anything. Sucks To Be Him

  93. What if Clay Matthews had slapped an opponent on the back with an open hand, and shoved him at the end of the game?

    What kind of repair would he have to do to his image then?

  94. thejuddstir says: Sep 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    @hscorpio……….”Harbaugh doesn’t like it when his team is one the receiving end of the kind of physical play ”
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    I can only smile at what you would be saying if Aaron Rodgers was the one getting hit illegally.
    ==================================

    The 49ers roughed Rodgers just yesterday. It was flagged and nobody is GB is crying about it because it’s just football. Unlike what is happening when Kaepernick got hit illegally and a flag thrown.

    Is that what you guessed?

  95. I loved the hit by Clay Matthews !!! Hit him I say !!! If Kaps going to run then he should expect tpo get hit and hit often its football people and when he “Chooses” to run he becomes a runner and NOT a quarterback…I’m in the camp that still holds a grudge over Kap stealing Smiths job, so I hope someone hit him so hard he’s looking for his pony and is out for the rest of the season….Rock on Clay !!!

  96. 2 things

    1, If Harbaugh isn’t a fake tough guy, I’ve never seen a fake tough guy

    2, “bringing knuckles” (nominated for the dumbest phrase ever) to a guy wearing a helmet is stupid, not tough

  97. Harbaugh is such a whiner. Has anyone checked the type of bars he’s been hanging out in San Francisco?

  98. Even though the Packers lost they manned up and played tough. They proved they can beat SF. The NFL is a war of attrition . By the end of the season the defense will be in the top 10 and so will their running game. They proved that the Packers will not back off any body. DC Capers must develop another pass rusher to help out Clay Mathews and MM has to install the Lombardi sweep , run to win and play smash mouth football when needed. 65%-35% pass -run ratio IF they can stay healthy the Packers can go 14-2 with some luck. Now i know they can beat the 49’ers in Lambeau in January in below zero weather. Harbaugh shot his mouth off because HE FEARS THE PACK ! THIS TIME IS ON THE COME ! THEY ARE DANGEROUS ! Wait until Hayward and Burnett come back. GO PACK !

  99. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I miss the Bill Walsh, George Seifert, and even Steve Maruicci sideline demeanor. Oh well, rather still have him coaching my beloved Niners than coaching against them. Go Niners!!! On to the adderhawks!

  100. Harbaugh once again runs his big mouth…He was a cruddy QB, and is a whiney coach…
    Harbaugh needs to grow up and act like a man, and not worry about what players on other teams say or think…No Soup – er bowl for you!
    Haha!

  101. Jim Harbaugh should be asked about the trade for
    Anquan Boldin with his Brother for a sixth round choice.
    Check it out NFL.

  102. farvite says:

    Sep 9, 2013 6:04 PM
    “Put a jersey on”, Jim

    ____________________________________
    Hands down the dumbest comment on this page. Jim was a very good and very tough NFL QB who played for years. Google it man.

  103. Mathews would kill Harbaugh in a fight. What kind of idiot punches someone with a helmet. I wish Mathews would have stabbed Staley. But i hate the 49ers sooo. Call me when you win a SB in the last ten years.

  104. Jim Schwartz, Jim Harbaugh where did the real coaches go?? This gets old real fast, let the players play and the coaches coach!! Tired of the coaches complaining, whining and playing the game in the media!!

  105. not sure what he is talking about…i saw seymour slap big ben, and he dropped to the ground like a rag doll. I sure similiar the way harbough would drop if Matthews slapped him

  106. Was Harbaugh wanting Matthews to come at him with some knuckles? I don’t get where he is coming from, but I hardly think Matthews is afraid of many dudes, especially a flabby ex-QB who was never considered tough.

  107. I’m a Packer fan but always liked the Niners. Harbaugh has changed that, His mouth and antics make it impossible to respect him or his team.

  108. Don’t recall what the Ravens got in turn for Boldin but part of me believes big brother is trying to help little brother get back to the Super Bowl. Also instead of slapping the helmet give’m a wet willy….lol. Hope we see the 49ers in the playoffs

  109. come with some knuckles or come with a bunch of complaints to the ref, even after your team won. he seems like such a whiner at this point.

  110. Slapping a guy wearing a helmet is probably the smart thing to do. Its going to rattle his head more than a punch and the possibility of breaking a bone is much less.

  111. Oh my….just add Harbaugh’s “Matthews is a Girlie Man” and Kaep’s “I aint got time to bleed” post-game comments to the pre-game comments by Harbaugh and Matthews + what happened in that supposed cheapshot by Matthews on Kaep (and/or what ‘appeared’ to happen until you watch the whole play in slow-mo) and the Staley fight, and you can’t help but think that this rivals anything that the WWF could come up with in marketing some upcoming wrestling extravaganza in some historic pro wrestling mecca like St. Paul, MN, with Jesse ‘the Body’ Ventura as guest referee.

    It’s getting to the point that you almost wonder if this whole thing is one big act for marketing purposes. I’m not saying it is, but it’s getting so funny that you can’t help but think it for a second….you know, with that guy doing his “Let’s get ready to rumble!” bit immediately prior to the Niners-Packers rematch in this year’s playoffs (or rather, “rematch of a rematch”, sort of like Rocky 4…lol). I mean, just on entertainment value, I’m loving all this talk by Harbaugh, Matthews antics, etc. Next thing you know Matthews, in trying to defend the honor of his masculinity, will challenge Harbaugh to a cage match during halftime of the next Pro Bowl, with Jim Schwartz as referee.

    And then you have the ‘fragile’, “all wool hat and no slimy Lutevisk” Vikings trolls posting here on a thread having nothing to do with them, who basically in their weird, misplaced obsessing of any thing Packers and incessant desire for some recognition of their existence if not affiirmation of their inflated self-estimation, get even more bent out of shape that the Packers get more attention in a loss than their team does in a win. lol

  112. Looks like the Packers have already risen above this and moved on. Clay acknowledged it was a late hit and it was stupid. Not sure what Harbaugh is trying to do here but he sounds really childish and sad. Some people just can’t let go I guess. 49ers are a class organization in general but their HC is a major exception. Too bad.

  113. Mathews gets called for a late hit out of bounds, and now he’s a dirty player.. Wow… Then 75% of defensive players in the league are dirty… Get over it Harbaugh. Man up and show respect for your team and fan base.. As a Packer fan I’m really amazed by all the attention this play is getting!! There are late hits and scuffles in every game.. Harbaugh let it go!!

  114. dedsexeh says:
    Sep 9, 2013 7:58 PM…And then you have the ‘fragile’, “all wool hat and no slimy Lutevisk” Vikings trolls posting here on a thread having nothing to do with them, who basically in their weird, misplaced obsessing of any thing Packers and incessant desire for some recognition of their existence if not affiirmation of their inflated self-estimation, get even more bent out of shape that the Packers get more attention in a loss than their team does in a win. lol
    ====================================
    Only tools write drawn out blog posts, you are a Packer eh? Can tell by your spelling affiiiirmation. Whats up with this TROLL crap? You are a division opponent. Your worthless games affect my team dip….

  115. Tough guy. First of all, as you can see from the pix, Mathews is in the air, only 1 yard out of bounds – not some dirty, malicious, coward move.

    Secondly, Staley is the biggest wuss in the NFL. Yes, has talent, not very tough.

    Thirdly, JH: This isn’t minor league hockey nor is it about fighting or pretending to be tough. You are supposed to be a role model to your players, college players, and every young football player in the country. Telling them to go out and fight people (essentially, with closed fists) is not someone I want mentoring my kids (not the constant whining on the sidelines). All the image-concious things that bother the NFL and then they let this guy come out an talk like a road-house bum. Crazy.

  116. Matthews’ hit wasn’t cheap at all. It was an aggressive, physical play that just happened to be a half step out of bounds. Matthews is a class act and loves this game. He’s looking like the Defensive MVP. Continued success Clay!

  117. Next time Matthew does a cheap shot on purpose, someone should pull Matthew’s pants down and smack the crap out of his blonde white azz on national TV.

    If they call unsportsman like conduct penalty, it would still be worth it!

  118. Is Jim really asking for somebody to punch him? I think if given the chance, Clay Matthews would. He’s a Norseman for christ sake, he may even be related to Beowulf.

  119. wow… are you kidding me. this guy is an absolute crybaby at the highest level. id love to see Matthews and

  120. I can understand whining and complaining if your team lost, but Hairball takes it to new level by whining when his team wins. He was a whiner as a player and a whiner as a coach. I ‘ve never witnessed his brother acting this way. His family and all the 49ers fans must be proud. You would never see Bill Walsh or George Siefert ever act this way. Stay classy Jimbo.

  121. After looking at the replay a few more times and even the picture above, it’s a touchy call at best. Kaepernick’s right foot was still in bounds and his left was in the air when Matthews began his launch. The momentum of both players took them further out of bounds making the play look worse than it actually was. I can live with the call of “late hit”, but to say it was a cheap shot or dirty play is totally insane. As far as Harbaugh, he was so worried about his qb getting hurt and now he runs off at the mouth like this……..don’t be suprised if he accomplishes it on his own. Kaepernick needs to tell Harbaugh to either shut up or get out there himself.

  122. Apparently talking to the media behind CMIII’s back twice in 24 hours is the manly thing to do. Especially since in the post-game when CMIII and Kaepernick were shaking hands and laughing and you were standing nary a yard away and dint have the balls to say anything to CMIII’s face, huh Harbaugh? Go throw a hissy fit in Seattle next week, why don’t you?

  123. A clothesline tackle around the neck 7 feet out of bounds results in nothing more than a replay of a down? So much for all this hogwash about the league protecting players eh?

  124. People actually care about what coaches say in press conferences??? Is life that boring? It’s funny watching people complain about a press conference that the coach didn’t even want to do

  125. I feel pretty good about the Packers right now. To hell with the poor pass defense and the two turnovers. The three-and-outs is what killed them. They’ll get better and better each week. The 49ers know they have not seen the last of them.

    As far as division goes….they must be favored, but Chicago and Detroit are not going to roll over and play dead.

    Did I leave any viable team out?

    Nope.

  126. Never seen a bigger whiner is all sports at any level. Whiner fans defend him publicly, but know deep down that he’s an embarrassing tool. And to the brilliant whiner fans saying people are just jealous because they want him as their teams’ coach… Not a chance in hell.

  127. Matthews is a tough guy like Miley Cyrus is a tough guy. Overrated prima donna who is gonna get ear-holed real soon. He looks real good runnin around an empty field, but as soon as someone puts a body on him, he’s nullified. Small man complex, probably a small weiner too.

  128. Is this the same tough guy coach who cried after the SB?

    Ha ha ha ha

    Hope the LOB hit Krap properly so we can really see Jimmy cry.

    And of course, so we can see their stellar back up.

  129. FYI – I am an old man and have watched pro football for more than 50 years.

    50 years ago Matthews wouldn’t have lasted more than 3 or 4 plays after that hit, and his teammates wouldn’t have lifted a finger to help him.

  130. To all you clowns bashing Matthews and saying that all the fans who dislike Harbaugh would change their minds in a heartbeat if he was our coach, I’m pretty sure the same can be said if Matthews became a member of your team. Packers lost and owned up to their mistakes, 49ers won and they still need to talk junk afterwards. That must stem from their inferiority complex after last years Super Bowl loss to big brother who had an inferior roster. It is what it is…….

  131. Harbaugh is Classless…..would you ever see McCarthy putting down a player from another team No
    he did nt even put SUH down on Thanksgiving

    Stay Classy Niners and Harbaugh
    I am sick and tired of his whining
    I lost respect for him

  132. The Packers made sure to respond with some measured comments to Jim Harbaugh’s accusations that Clay Matthews laid a dirty hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

    Jim Harbaugh is almost as good at game planning as he is at trying to game the referees to protect his quarterback. After Clay laid out Kaepernick as Kaepernick was looking to extend a play on the sideline, a brief skirmish ensued which caused Harbaugh to have some words after the game about Clay calling him at once, a dirty player, and a weak fighter. Per jsonline.com:

    “If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap. That young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

    Coach McCarthy didn’t rise to the Harbaugh bait:

    Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means,” McCarthy said. “So I addressed Harbaugh’s comments in the team meeting, and as always, we’ll stay above it.

    Dom Capers also came to Clay’s defense:

    Hey, Clay’s an aggressive player that’s going to play with a lot of emotion. I thought he played a good football game yesterday. You saw him coming on minus yardage plays. You saw him sack the quarterback. It was unfortunate, the sideline play. But I think he just misjudged where he was really. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    Good responses from the Packers coaching staff. They stayed above Harbaugh’s level, though admittedly, that’s not a high bar to cross

  133. Bottom line is that Matthews was out of control on the play… The refs blew it… it had no outcome on the game. The 49ers beat the Packers and that is a fact… what really gets under my skin is that the 49er fans have short term memory and feel that the last three games represent all there is to the Packer/49er history.

    Fact…
    13 league championships for the Packers
    5 league championships for the 49ers

    Total record Packers vs 49ers
    34-29-1 in favor of the Packers

    Play off records Packers vs 49ers
    4-2 in favor of the Packers

    Bottom line 49er fans… your team is better than the Packers in the last 12 months, but that’s it.

  134. Hit was out of frustration more than to injure. Matthews is frustrated because he is the centerpiece of a defense that repeatedly has been gashed by good offenses — especially the 49ers.

  135. What goes around comes around. The Ancient Greeks said ” HUBRIS PRECEDES NEMESIS” : PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL ! In the the Football Gods will punish Harbaugh for his mendacity and insolence . THE 49’ERS WILL FALL ! MARK MY WORDS !

  136. Harbaugh is a great coach and he add flavor to this game. The problem with most of the haters is that their team are losers. The patriots are hated because they win games and people like to see the underdog win but it’s not going to happend. Niners are here to stay for a long time so get used to HARDBALLS.

  137. So what you are saying is that the 49ers should have been furious that the penalty was called on Staley and instead of replaying 3rd (incorrectly) they should have been playing 1st from the 3.

  138. People with Knuckles are over the world are offended by Jim’s comments……we need some laws against this and more political correctness in the world!

    Wait, no.

  139. Look at the picture on this article. If Kap is “6 or 7” feet out of bounds, that means Matthews is 12 or 14 feet tall.

    Either Clay “Too Tall” Matthews isn’t very good at knocking down passes or Jim Harbaugh is an idiot.

  140. @superjroch

    My thoughts exactly. And Kap must have about a 2 foot neck also if that is a clothesline around the neck. I didn’t realize his neck went down to his #7!!

  141. BUC fans wish we had a coach with balls of steel like Harbaugh.

    We got stuck with “toes on the line” Schiano who didnt have his team prepared for noise on a road trip to NY. How dumb is that?! Uh it is NY!!! Its gonna be a long season……………..

  142. Harbough, dont be a little ol bitch. And stop being a drama queen. 1. he was a foot or so out of bounds when hit, not 6 or 7 and 2, only an idiot punches someone with a fist to the helmet.

  143. Look at the picture, that’s hardly a clothesline and that’s hardly six or seven feet out of bounds. Harbawl is such a crybaby!

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