Staley to Kaepernick after Matthews hit: “No one is [expletive] hitting you late”

AP

On Sunday, a week’s worth of words from Packers linebacker Clay Matthews became action, when Matthews hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick well out of bounds after a play.

The move drew a flag and launched a fracas, which included 49ers tackle Joe Staley coming to Kaepernick’s defense and drawing a penalty that the league later admitted was a mistake.

After the incident, Staley and Kaepernick had a discussion.  The audio will be played tonight, on the season debut of NBCSN’s NFL Turning Point.

Staley tells Kaepernick, “We’re setting a precedent.”

“I know what you’re saying,” Kaepernick says.

“No one is [expletive] hitting you late.”

Kaepernick again replies, “I know what you’re saying.”

It’s a hockey-style mentality that at times is necessary in hockey, and also necessary in football.  In hockey, when a cement-headed goon takes a shot at a star player, another cement-headed goon settles the score.  In football, a certain amount of that needs to be tolerated.

Or, at a minimum, to be properly officiated.

No matter how robotic the league wants players to be, normal human emotions get involved.  When it’s time to throw flags based on the display of normal human emotions, those flags need to be handed out evenly and fairly.

At this point, normal human emotions should make you interested in watching NFL Turning Point.  Hosted by Dan Patrick, it debuts Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

111 responses to “Staley to Kaepernick after Matthews hit: “No one is [expletive] hitting you late”

  1. This whole thing is poorly officiated. Never understood the flags on the guys who retaliate against dirty players like Clay Mathews and Suh.

    What was 49ers supposed to do? Take cheap shots? On top of it even Packers bench and coaching staff got into it.

    If NFL doesn’t fine these kind of trash, what message are they sending? Its ok to hit your franchise QB 5 yards outside of the field?

  2. Not to worry, in a few week he will be meeting up with Messrs.’ Quinn, Long, Brockers, Laurinaitis, Ogletree and friends. They won’t hit him late, just early and often.

  3. Love to see Kaepernick’s teammates have his back but the title of the article is kind of misleading, as if Staley was calling him out, which clearly isn’t the case.

  4. Hey what gives dude, don’t talk about hockey like that “cement headed goon” not cool one but stick to football your barely okay at that. you ever notice none of this ridiculousness happens in hockey its cause tje players settle it on the ice (with the exception of cry baby syd) and the NHL understands that, probably why it’s one of the only true team sports left GO FLYERS GO NHL

  5. Huge shill for your friends… lame and sad. Tell Peter King I said hi too while you’re at it.

    At this point, normal human emotions should make you interested in watching NFL Turning Point. Hosted by Dan Patrick, it debuts Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

  6. Staley should have just pulled on CMIII’s girlishly long hair rather than participated in CMIII’s girlish slapfight.

  7. I am real curious to see what he said to Clay Matthews immediately after the play ended. Thats the real story here.

    Tremendous respect though to Staley for sticking up for his guy.

  8. The 49ers are desperate for attention. Defenses are going to hit the qb when he runs, got a problem with that Staley? Go cry to someone who cares.

  9. I always liked Clay’s dad. Epitome of respect, character and class in the NFL. Clay on the other hand is a roided out Fabio. He clearly had it out for Kap. Pre-game comments are one thing. Being bitter over last years playoff thrashing to the point where you are flying after the guy out of bounds and intentionally ripping him to the ground is another.

    I know… I know… you’re going to say that he was already in the process of going after him and the NFL is a bang-bang league. Ok sure but there is no doubt he could have let up once he had made contact with Kap. He continued to try to drag him to the ground despite being several feet out of bounds.

    He should have been ejected for throwing punches. I hope he gets a hefty fine.

    Also, where was the flag on Matthews for the taunting in Kap’s face for the sack in the 4th quarter? Kap had a ~15 yard run up the middle in the playoff game and spiked the ball. He received a personal foul for that.

    Gotta love the inconsistent officiating.

  10. This whole thing has been blown so out of proportion. He was not hit “well” out of bounds. One step out of bounds. Staley is treating this like Clay headhunted Kaepernick and is unapologetic despite Clay apologizing, owning up and calling it a bad play.

    Move the eff on and hope this is the biggest issue you deal with all season.

  11. Implication #1: Matthews is a cement-headed goon. (As is Staley.)
    Implication #2: PFT knew right away that the penalty on Staley was a mistake.
    Both false.

  12. “The Roids are already getting to Matthews.. He should just take some estrogen pills and be more like Aaron Rodgers”
    ——————–
    Even Packer fans should admit that is pretty funny.

  13. How come Nomidik Suh got fined for his illegal hit and Clay Matthews did not? Clay even claimed leading up to the game that he was going to hit koepernik early and often. He launched himself into the air 5 yards out of bounds and “clothes-lined” Kap on that play! Yet. No fine. No suspension. Oh yea. That’s right. The packers are the little darlings of the NFL. Packers are all talk and no action. I’m so glad the niners got the win. I hope the packers go 2 and 14 simply because they are a bunch of whimpy loud mouthes. Like kap said, ” if intimidation is your game plan i hope you have a better one”. Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!

  14. I think it also may be time to tweek the rules a bit for situations like this.

    Because the league considers the hit on Kaepernick to be a “dead ball foul” it set up the whole off-setting penalties mess. Clearly, the Matthews hit was during the continuous flow of the play, whereas Staley’s reaction was truly “dead ball”.

    Regardless of what you think of the hits (and Matthews should have been assesed a 2nd “dead ball foul” for hitting Staley several times), if a hit occurs on a player in the act of the play, it should be assesed differently than guys fighting each other way after the original play ended.

  15. Staley absolutely did the right thing…that was a bad cheap shot. You gotta do something or it will happen again

  16. “well out of bounds”… please

    Mathews launched when Kap was still in bounds. I agree that he shouldn’t of dragged him down, but c’mone……. it wasn’t that bad.

  17. Don’t get where the ‘Mathews is a dirty player’ comments are coming from. The hit on Kap was bad, and he got a penalty, but it’s not like he’s got a history of dirty plays. He draws a lot more penalties from OL play trying to stop him than he gets.

    The hit was definitely bad, in a couple of ways. I have no problem with him not letting up, Kap is a running threat and he could have cut that one back to get first down yardage. The mistake was leaving his feet to make the hit which is just bad form and if anything would’ve made it easier for Kap dodge it. Then he dragged him to the ground when it was obvious the play was over.

  18. my god people………

    Mathews is not a dirty player. As a matter of fact, that was his first unsportsmanlike penalty. This is football………..crap like that is going to happen to evey team.

    I will now be tracking every penalty that San Fran gets this year. I’m guessing there will be a few of those same penalty flags thrown on them… Now what will Harbaugh say then?

  19. I didn’t know the 49ers were so soft, afraid of a little contact. Also, give one other play Matthews has been “dirty”, if you can’t think of one, its because he is not a dirty player. Was it a wise it… probably not, but this is football, and he was a rusher at the moment, I don’t think it was a dirty hit. People try to compare him to Suh, who has been fined/suspended multiple times, that is not Matthews, and never will be. Sorry 49ers fans for playing a aggressive game, I guess I didn’t realize this was football.

  20. At: ustsomerandomguy24 says: Sep 11, 2013 3:19 PM

    But, in this case, I’m not sure the “lead-headed goon” thing applies. Staley can correctly use the word precedent; are we confident that Kap can?

    You do know that Kap graduated with a 4.0 gpa

    and scored a 37 on the wonderlic test

    do your resarch Lead-head

  21. Clay has never ever been a dirty player….. He over did that hit on Kap and that’s out of character….

    So put down your wine spritzer s and celebrate your win….Cuz com playoff time the Packers will beat the whiners soundly

  22. Man, Niner fans and their team’s coach are the biggest group of whiners ever. There’s always got to be something for them to whine about. How long will we have to hear them whine about this? Imagine if they had lost the game!

    No wonder a lot of fans are losing respect for this organization and it’s fanbase. Even the Raiders and their fans are starting to have a better reputation than this sorry bunch.

  23. @Jimmyt
    Not to worry, in a few week he will be meeting up with Messrs.’ Quinn, Long, Brockers, Laurinaitis, Ogletree and friends. They won’t hit him late, just early and often.

    You have the right to say that after last year. But don’t think the 49ers didn’t notice what happened either. I think the 9ers have a nine to pick with you guys this year, and it could get ugly for you.

  24. “Oh yea. That’s right. The packers are the little darlings of the NFL.”

    ————————————-

    Give me a break. The NFL defends EVERY bad call against the Packers.

  25. They won’t have to worry about late hits this week, but they will have to worry about hits coming early… and often… at CenturyLink.

  26. The look on Kaepernick’s face in that picture is priceless…..seeing how much bigger and taller Staley is, even Kaepernick looks a little scared after hearing Staley say that….

    Clay Mathews, you have been warned….

  27. The hockey comparison was weak. A fight in hockey can get someone’s attention because they are not wearing football helmets with full face masks. I’m pretty sure Clay Matthews wasn’t the least bit concerned the rest of the game about what Staley was going to do with him so there was no intimidation factor at all.

    Meanwhile, Kaepernick didn’t seem to call too many running plays for himself so you could make the argument that he was the one wearing the girl’s dress after the hit.

  28. “4949centennial says: Sep 11, 2013 3:19 PM

    This whole thing is poorly officiated. Never understood the flags on the guys who retaliate against dirty players like Clay Mathews and Suh”

    I can understand Suh….but can you please give more examples than this one incident that Matthews has done to give him the “dirty” label? I don’t recall seeing Matthews ever fined for “dirty” play..so am not understanding your whining.

  29. So overblown. If the play didn’t happen on the football field, I would have thought that the “hit” looked like Clay rescuing Kap from getting hit by an oncoming school bus. You want to talk about “clotheslining”, go google All-Anniversary Team member Night Train Lane and clothesline.

  30. Lol@ Viking fans saying Matthews is on roids. What running back recently made a miraculous speedy recovery from a destroyed knee and almost broke the rushing record? I’m closer to believing that theory than believing some guy who is in better shape than you’ll ever be, which can only apparently mean that he’s on roids. Last I checked, AP is in great physical shape too. Does that mean he has roids flowing through his veins? Your jealousy is pathetic.

    And regarding the idiotic comments about his “girlish” flowing hair, last I checked, you’ve got someone on your defense with worse hair. Hell, his has a perm. And, he’s a cheap shot artist. I recall him punching a packer lineman in the junk last year. What man does that to another man?

  31. Hey 49er fans, keep flapping your chops, cause us Packer fans are above that.
    The 49er’s played there best on sunday, while the Packers didn’t and almost won!
    Also Clay isn’t a dirty player.. Never has been fined, only been flagged for a late hit once in his career….(Fact)
    Now that I said my peace, I’ll let you immature fans get back to your name calling about other teams and there fans… lots of false comical stuff..

  32. So what happens when someone gives Kaep a late hit? It’s gonna happen at some point this season. Curious what he’s going to do.

  33. Homelanddefense said: “Cement headed goon? Seriously?”

    Worked for me (a professional writer/editor for two decades). I mean, do you watch much hockey?

    -Titans Fan

  34. The next time the two teams play, Kaepernick should purposely throw an INT to Matthews and then tackle him by that shaggy blonde mop of his. Rip that(expletive)out, that should remind him about the late hit out of bounds.

  35. i love this on so many levels. staley showing a mean streak, O-linemen willing to go through a brick wall for their qb, letting the self obsessed packers know they can’t get a away with anything dirty. biggest take away here is that these guys must love playing for kap. guy must have some great leadership skills which is awesome for such a young, in the spotlight guy that could have easily turned into a d-bag with the fame.

  36. Geez, the 49ers sound like they want to put a red jersey on Kaepernick.

    Football is a rough game. Kaepernick is going to get hit..a lot. He’ll get hit hard. Some of those hits will be borderline. Some will be illegal. It’s the nature of the game. If the 49ers are going to freak out every time it happens, they should hire a team psychologist and get a good supply of Prozac.

  37. salmen76 says:
    Sep 11, 2013 3:28 PM
    He launched himself into the air 5 yards out of bounds and “clothes-lined” Kap on that play!

    _________

    He launched himself 15 feet from in bounds? Need prescription lenses?

    From what I saw Matthews began his launch in bounds, albeit after Kaepernick was already out of bounds, but not by 15 feet…

  38. Cement headed goons? Not sure that’s a fair assessment of either player. Glad you’re so comfortable dishing out insults at the players that make your career (riding their backs) possible.

  39. to me this is a lot of fluff about nothing Its football. It happens within every game. It is the mentality that is needed to play the game. The one thing I disliked was the NFL coming after the game and sayign there shouldnt have been a Penalty against Staley. Not so much because I disagree with whether or not a flag should be thrown on staley, but when was the last time the league stepped in on offsetting penalties, and said a mistake was made? The only reason the league stepped in this time, is because they realized the refs screwed up by giving S.F. an extra down, and they knew that everyone was saying that extra down helped S.F. win the game. The league wanted to take attention away from the extra down. We see off setting penalties all of the time where one player or the other didnt deserve it, but NEVER has the league stepped in before. Offsetting penalties is a way for the refs to police the game and say, “We wont put up with this”

  40. Passionately dislike the niners but mad props to staley. You have to watch out for your teammates especially when someone takes a cheap shot at them. Here’s hoping my Seahawks would do the same damn thing

  41. Staley did the right thing and shouldn’t have been flagged. However the dollar store Fabio should not have run his mouth last week and it would not have appeared as bad

  42. For the morons claiming CM3 is dirty, prior to this he’s had these major penalties in 4 years.

    2013 – Hit on Kaepernick
    2012 – Borderline late hit on Alex Smith
    2011 – Roughing on Ponder
    2010 – 15y Facemask on Cutler
    2009 – Roughing on Stafford (barely grazed his head with hand)

    Suh has had the following in 3 years:
    Low Block
    Illegal Block above the waist
    Roughing (3)
    Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2, one of them a DQ)
    15y Facemask

  43. @Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 11, 2013 4:12 PM
    Wow, they sure do talk a lot for a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl in almost 20 years….
    ——–
    and this is relevant why? I don’t know if Matthews is a dirty player but that was a dirty shot.

    It’s laughable that so many pack fans are coming out defending him. If this was Rodgers I bet they’d have had a problem.

  44. Packers fans: “Hey whiners, stop flapping your gums! Niners are soft! Kaepernick’s a graffiti covered bean pole! They sure do talk a lot for a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl in… We’re going to beat you in the playoffs! Blah, blah, blah…”

    Niner fans: “SCOREBOARD!!!”

  45. Staley’s talk means nothing if Kaepernick happens to get himself put on the IR with an injury he sustains during a run or even while sitting in te pocket.

    Matthews is not a dirty player. He said he was coming after Kaepernick and he did. The hit was borderline, and when Matthews decided to launch, Kaepernick was still inbounds.

    Anyay, a bunch of talk from a player means nothing. Staley can’t protect Kaepernick all by himself. It will be a miracle if Kapernck doesn’t miss games with injury this season. Teams will be going after him because of who he is and becaus SF is considered the top of the heap in the NFC.

  46. Apparently these 49er fans have a real short memory…….

    Does anybody remember Charles Haley or Bill Romanowski ? – I guess these guys never did anything to draw an unsportsman like flag.

    The problem with current 49er fans that I see, is that Harbaugh’s whine and complain by nature attitude is rubbing off on them.

    Man up 49er fans,,,,,,,, you can do it!

  47. bobhk says:Sep 11, 2013 4:16 PM

    @Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 11, 2013 4:12 PM
    Wow, they sure do talk a lot for a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl in almost 20 years….
    ——–
    and this is relevant why? I don’t know if Matthews is a dirty player but that was a dirty shot.

    It’s laughable that so many pack fans are coming out defending him. If this was Rodgers I bet they’d have had a problem.

    ——-

    It’s laughable how whiny the 9ers fans are, you’re worse than vik fans.

  48. Clay isnt a dirty player and it wasnt a dirty shot. Jesus, you guys need to learn what a dirty shot is. Hitting a guy borderline out of bounds is not dirty. Taking shots at his knees on purpose is dirty. There is a huge difference

  49. Staley was asked if Kap thanked him for having his back. Staley said, “no, he yelled at me.”

    Kap might have lightened up after it was determined Joe should have never been flagged.

  50. @Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 11, 2013 4:26 PM
    bobhk says:Sep 11, 2013 4:16 PM

    @Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 11, 2013 4:12 PM
    Wow, they sure do talk a lot for a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl in almost 20 years….
    ——–
    and this is relevant why? I don’t know if Matthews is a dirty player but that was a dirty shot.

    It’s laughable that so many pack fans are coming out defending him. If this was Rodgers I bet they’d have had a problem.

    ——-

    It’s laughable how whiny the 9ers fans are, you’re worse than vik fans.
    ——
    It’s amazing how dumb packer fans are. Have been whining ever since they left SF.

  51. To all the 49er fans who are so quick to judge Matthews as a dirty player, remember that your so called “star” defensive end is shooting at people with a gun from a balcony. I’ll take Matthews.

  52. “ceraser45 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:28 PM
    Clay isnt a dirty player and it wasnt a dirty shot. Jesus, you guys need to learn what a dirty shot is. Hitting a guy borderline out of bounds is not dirty. Taking shots at his knees on purpose is dirty. There is a huge difference”
    =========================================
    Borderline out of bounds?????? It’s hard to take you seriously when you’re that deluded. The hit on Geno Smith was borderline. Roid boy’s hit on Kap was several yards OUT of bounds.

  53. With the talk Mathews had during the week it makes the hit look worse. Obviously not one of the worst hits ever. Some fans are so lame, it doesn’t matter where Mathews leaped from, its where he makes contact with the player that counts. There’s no coach dead or alive that would feel any differently then Harbaugh about what happened. One more for the real knucklheads out there, the media is keeping this story going , not the 49ers! Week 1 is over.

  54. How can you not love that hit? Big game and all. The Packers aren’t whining about losing 4 points which totally changes the way the rest of the game is played.

    Did everyone forget that this is football including Harbaugh? Niners secondary has pushed the envelope for a couple years. I only wish it would have involved a late hit from Suh. That would give tough guy Harbaugh a chance to get his little baby girl knuckles into Schwartz. As I recall, he was the one running away from the rumble with Schwartz.

  55. I’m a big Staley fan (Go Chippewas!), but seriously, what offensive lineman would stand there and let their qb get hit late? Or is this one of those things only teams that are “passionate” about winning like only the 49ers, are capable of doing?

  56. Some folks need to look at the replay of that play. Kap had one foot in bounds and the other in the air as Matthews was in mid air. I can live with the late hit call, as the momentum took both players further out of bounds, but by no means was it a cheap shot or dirty play.

  57. Matthews is NOT a dirty player, period. One late hit doesn’t make him dirty. And any so-called NFL fan who comments differently is just blatantly ignorant. We wouldn’t be hearing any of this talk if it was Smith hitting Rodgers a half step out of bounds. And McCarthy would never embarrass himself or the league like Harbaugh has.

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