It’s no secret that Jim Harbaugh will stick up for his players. He’s shown time and time again that if one of his own are challenged in anyway, the third year 49er head coach won’t shy away from coming to their defense.
“One of the things that the referees have told us is that when these quarterbacks carry out the fakes, they lose their right as a quarterback, a pocket-passing quarterback, the protection of a quarterback,” Matthews said. “You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense.”
Harbaugh didn’t take too kindly to Matthew’s comments and compared the situation to the bounty gate scandal involving the New Orleans Saints from a couple of years ago.
“You’re hearing all the tough talk right now,” he said. “You’re hearing some intimidating type of talk, the same thing we were hearing a couple of years ago. It sounds a lot like targeting a specific player. You definitely start to wonder.”
“A man doesn’t usually tell you his bad intentions. And this is being discussed publicly. You know what’s being said privately by what’s being said publicly. You hope that their intent isn’t going to be anything that’s outside the rules.”
When you look at Matthew’s words, he’s not saying anything that every other defender in the league isn’t already thinking. Harbaugh is a master a taking comments and lobbying his case so the league is aware come Sunday. He want’s the officials to be on their toes, especially when it involves hits on his quarterback. He obviously wants Kaepernick to stay healthy, but wouldn’t mind an extra 15 yard penalty or two to go his way either. It’s classic Harbaugh.
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