Posted September 09, 2013

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to Packers’ Clay Matthews: “Come with some knuckles”

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Clay Matthews hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he was several yards out of bounds. (Ben Margot/AP)

Clay Matthews hit Colin Kaepernick after the 49ers quarterback was several yards out of bounds. (Ben Margot/AP)

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was not too pleased about Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews‘ extra-curricular activities on the field during the 49ers’ 34-28 victory on Sunday.

Harbaugh said that Matthews’ image was tarnished when he hit 49ers tackle Joe Staley during a second-quarter scuffle that broke out following Matthews’ late hit on Colin Kaepernick, after the San Francisco QB was several yards out of bounds.

“I looked at it with my own eyes,” Harbaugh said via Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s head — well, one punch and one open slap, which . . . if you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles. I think that young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

Staley and Matthews were both hit with 15-yard penalties.

FARRAR: Clay Matthews starts altercation with late hit on Colin Kaepernick; official admits botching key call


64 comments
First1
First1

If a 49er player had done this, Harbaugh would be giving him a high five and telling everyone how awesome it looked.

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

Check out Jim Harbaugh's altercation withh former Bill's QB Jim Kelly in 1997 after Kelly called then Colts starting QB Harbaugh a "baby" who "overdramatized" his injuries in a NBC pregame show on Oct. 20, 1997.  The next week  Harbaugh called Kelly out of a production meeting in San Diego and they had a confrontation with both men landing blows.  Harbaugh however, broke a bone in his hand and was placed on the NFI list and lost approximately $147,000 per week until he was healthy enough to play again.   He returned to action on Nov. 23.  So Harbaugh must have felt that, while he stood up for his masculinity, he also deprived his team of their starting QB.   Not exactly a selfless act.

Janice1
Janice1

Any fool can see that the launch was made while the LB was on the field seemed like a heat of the moment thing.  A lot of those plays went on in the Washington vs. Philadelphia game and there were no penalties so its legitimate.  NFL has to be consistent.   A running beyond the line of scrimmage makes a QB fair game.  Yes it was out of bounds & its a penalty at most--not a suspension.  But these calls should be consistent throughout the NFL so if it didn't matter in the Washington vs. Philadelphia matchup its unimportant in the SF49er's vs. The Green Bay Packers.  Fair is fair.

Janice1
Janice1

Staley threw the first punch Harbaugh is crap & needs to shut up.  Staley is a 315 lb. offensive tacke looking to throw his heft around and met someone who stood up to him.  Harbaugh is lying distorting the situation.  However, in the Washington vs. Philadelphia game there were too many late hits on the Eagles QB that went ignored even an injured RGIII took 2 late hits w/o penalties.  What a cheapshot coach.  He's just angry because Matthews succeeded in preventing Kaepernick from running all over the field.  Harbaugh needs to man up and stop being a "fake tough guy."   He really should learn how to beat Baltimore & the New York Giants its becoming embarrassing.

caprates004
caprates004

so what is your point tony?  you agreed with me on everything except the ejection?  It could be construed based on what matthews said earlier in the week about hitting Kaep that he was taking a cheap shot.  the dude was almost 3 yards out of bounds.  

caprates004
caprates004

Packers fan here.  Matthews hit was late and should've been ejected for it.  Plain and simple.  However, Harbaugh is a coach and not a player.  Staley even said that there was no ill will towards Matthews and Matthews apologized to Kaepernick.  Let the players handle it and coaches should just shut their mouths.  Harbaugh, you won the game, but are acting like a child...I want cake now!

K-Jun
K-Jun

Harbaugh calls him out from California while Clay Matthews is in Green Bay. Boy, what a man! Call him out fact to face and take him on. Cannot stand that big mouth Harabaugh. He wants everything his way in the NFL. A late hit but I don't consider it dirty. QB was running for the sideline so who says he does not continue and try to get past Matthews. 

JECurrie
JECurrie

A bully and a cry baby. No evidence of Mathews plays dirty. Emotion yes, dirty, NOT.

x72
x72

A bit of trivia on the packers head coach. Mike McCarthy played Sloth's stunt double in the movie "The Goonies".

Jon8
Jon8

Sick to death of Harbaugh already! When will a ref grow a pair and flag his sorry operatic sideline antics?

The officials appear to be intimidated by him and it needs to stop!

Dustin22
Dustin22

Yeah, you tell 'em Harbaugh... Punch a helmet?  Idiot just adding to the long list of moronic statements he's made since rejoining the NFL.  And adding to the ones he made as a player.  I understand where he's coming from, but leave these issues to the players.

mystafugee
mystafugee

He's STANDING UP for his players, Matthew's acted like a jack@ss and he's calling him out cause it could have hurt one of his guys.  As for his dumb incident with Kelly, if we called out every NFL person for hypocrisy we'd have to run off a list of every person in the league (including the fans).  

DobbyIsFreeAgain
DobbyIsFreeAgain

Ah yes, the same Jim Harbaugh that as a player decided he needed to throw some punches at Jim Kelly, who was commentating at the time, and then broke his hand.  He sure likes to talk a lot, but eventually someone is going to knock him off his pedestal.

yaeyah
yaeyah

I'm sorry.... but where exactly is Harbaugh whining here as so many of these trolls below seem to think he is? He is only stating what we already saw and he's right, if you're gonna throw your hands in someones face, make a fist and be a man. 

slowerg
slowerg

Is thiis Jim Harbaugh offering punching advice the same game who broke his hand punching Jim Kelly after a TV show--and had to miss several games as Indy's QB as a result?  why, yes it is.  Taking Jim's advice on how to punch a helmeted and padded opponent is like taking advice from Jim on marriage, or drinking and driving.

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

What does harbaugh gain by whining? Late hits happen all the time in football and most are penalized. Whose image is tarnished more? A late hit by Matthews which drew a penalty or the incessant whining by Harbaugh play after play after play?

Mech
Mech

Whine for my men ,,,,, we ride at dawn.

JerryPeoples
JerryPeoples

I dont dislike SF but if Kaepernick gets a blown out knee i wont shed a tear just cause jim is a tool

Bucky182
Bucky182

As a Packers fan what Harbaugh said doesn't bother me but the game is over, you won, move on to Week 2. There's bad blood between these two teams. Emotions and adrenaline were running high. Clay made a bad decision, Staley protected his QB, and Kaepernick took it like a man and moved on, as should everyone else. Next story.

Ricky_av123
Ricky_av123

It is amazing how much Harbaugh has to say when he wins and what a poor A$$ sport he is when his team looses.  His brother has 10 times as much class as this piece of crap.  The Niners will not win the super bowl once again. I'd like to see him come after you with "some knuckles"  Ms Harbaugh.

TheSconnieNation
TheSconnieNation

A former journeyman talking smack about an All-Pro.  *Yawn*

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Poor Clay Matthews, an obvious closet case experiencing massive roid rage.

B I
B I

Here's the thing guys, you may hate Harbaugh, but he's right.  Everything he said was right on...


KevinBell
KevinBell

Dear Mr. Harbaugh,

   You won.  Stop your crying.


Ed16
Ed16

So we have idiots like, Cool, who demonstrate why there are assaults and murders at games in the Bay area. Harbaugh is proving to be too much of a crybaby and his act is wearing thin.

scmaize
scmaize

@Shane Mac I thought he apologized.  He should not have done it (neither should Kelly have shot his mouth off), but wasnt Harbaugh the backup in San Diego?

matt37
matt37

@Janice1 The league came right out and said that Staley shouldn't have been flagged on that play.

demanted101
demanted101

@caprates004 Seen too many really hard shots and no ejection to believe this  called for one. Matthews and Kaepernick gave been trashing each other since last year when SF demolished them. Cheap ? Yes ? He's going yo regret it just as Harbaugh suggests as now, he's going to get marked just like Suh.

tony.edwards
tony.edwards

@caprates004 Staley did exactly what every offensive lineman should do in this case, take up for his QB.  If Suh did the same thing to Rodgers then you could expect a lineman closest to it and who saw it to take up for him.  Then you would also expect Suh to retaliate someone grabbing him with two strikes, except he would have prob been ejected due to his past.  Matthews has no history of this crap so he wouldn't really be expected to be on a short leash.  Although I will say, he did kind of act like a punk*ss and should have been flagged for taunting earlier in the game after he got in Kaep's face.  There seriously is no need for that garbage and if he keeps these antics up he should be considered a punk.

tony.edwards
tony.edwards

@K-Jun Name one play in the last, oh...5 years that has looked like that.  With a guy launching himself like that at a QB who he had been talking sh*t on voluntarily all week.  Dude was 2 YARDS out of bounds, not 2 feet, YARDS.  If that wasn't deliberate then you are just plain kidding yourself. 

demanted101
demanted101

@JECurrie If  Matthews was dirty, he'd never have tackled him around the shoulders; he'd clothesline him just as Harbaugh whined about.

matt37
matt37

@Jon8 Harbaugh is the coach you hate......unless he's coaching your team.  Go 49ers!

demanted101
demanted101

@mystafugee Well, you want to excuse Harbaugh and condemn Matthews which, given your bent is entirely predictable and just as one sided as any of the replies you're getting.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@mystafugee Yeah, right - skinny littlle white boy sticking up for his 320lb lineman. Shut it, Harbaugh. Is there anyone on the planet who isn't tired of his incessant beaking and complaining? Hurry up and have your aneurysm, you're an embarrassment to the NFL and sportsmanship in general.

demanted101
demanted101

@yaeyah Maybe, he set a bad example with Kelly ? He's not entirely right and couldn't possibly be entirely right as he wasn't there to witness what was said and I'm betting Staley didn't ask him over for dinner after the game. How right is a broken hand from a shot to the helmet ? I guess you and Harbaugh were hoping Matthews would do something that stupid and miss the rest of the game ?

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@yaeyah Beotches get slaps, girlfriend. It was appropriate. Now time to give Harbaugh his - punch him in his big crybaby mouth...

Mkmck
Mkmck

@yaeyah Throwing a closed-fist punch at a face behind a football helmet/facemask doesn't make you a man...it makes you an idiot who's headed to the doctor. Harbaugh is a real tough guy...love to see him try throwing a punch at Matthews. He'd be the one heading to the doctor no, matter what Matthews had on his head.

Dustin22
Dustin22

@yaeyah You would seriously punch a facemask/helmet? SMH, think before you express your thoughts.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@JerryPeoples I'm sure Alex Smith agrees with you. He'd probably have a shiny ring right now if not for Harbaugh's brain fart...

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

@Bucky182 There's bad blood between SF and GB, Sea, AZ, Det, .... not because of the players but because of Harbaugh.  He is a strange man and not a good egg.

Mkmck
Mkmck

@B I If you think that "coming with some knuckles" to a face behind a facemask is "right on", you aren't too bright.

Dustin22
Dustin22

@B I He may know a playbook, but he has the personality and character of a chihuahua.

Ed16
Ed16

Oh, and by the way, Cool. you're illiterate!

mondello58
mondello58

@aaronrodgersisnotamazing Hmmmm...guessing from the user name you're not a Packer fan.  If so, I'm sure you'd be defending Matthews to no end if he were on your favorite team.  Each of the other 31 teams would love to have him.

Janice1
Janice1

@demanted101 @caprates004  You marked as in ref's fining for bogus infractions?  Which of course is a form of cheating & cheating is rigging.  Otherwise there's no man alive  who can dominate Suh physically.  Detroit best defense in the league caged & held back due to fake penalties every season in order to neutralize its defense.  Again this is a form of cheating administered from the front office.  While "favored" team can be as dirty as they want.   Seems like crap to me.

demanted101
demanted101

@tony.edwards @caprates004 This crap has been 'on' between Kaepernick and Matthews since last year's meeting. I think Matthews wanted a shot so badly, he may not have noticed Kaeprnick was out of bounds. Doesn't excuse it but, it wasn't a clothesline as Harbaugh whines about and it didn't require an ejection as Harbaugh so kindly never suggested.

Dustin22
Dustin22

@aaronrodgersisnotamazing @mondello58 Easy response here, No he isn't a dirty player.  And i'm not a GB fan either.  And yes any team would want him.  You seem to be outnumbered, which gives us the advantage and gives us the right to say we win the debate. lol