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Jim Harbaugh: Clay Matthews will have to work on ‘tough guy’ image after slap

Clay-Matthews-Single-Season-Sack-RecordThe second Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews committed a penalty with a late hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, you knew Jim Harbaugh would have sound be sounding off in response. The outspoken coach didn’t disappoint.

On Monday, Harbaugh gave his take on the Matthews clothesline and ensuing “slap” of Joe Staley.

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

Harbaugh probably feels even more inclined to call Matthews a “tough guy” after the former USC star spoke about targeting Kaepernick in the week leading up to the game. As for the hit itself, Harbaugh said it reminded him of former New York Giants and Packers Hall of Fame safety Elmen Tunnell.

“You talk about launching,” he said. “You talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback’s six, seven feet out of bounds. “Back when that was legal, (Tunnell) would stand in the middle of the field and wait for a receiver to cross and clothes line them. Their feet would fly in the area. Their backs would hit the ground. I was struck, ‘I’m seeing Emlen Tunnell here.’”

The comments were classic Harbaugh, as no coach is more animated when it comes to defending their players than he is. Matthews is a sack machine who does his best to intimidate opponents, which is something you want from a linebacker. However, Harbaugh and Kaepernick have been adamant about showing that the Niners have no intention of backing down from anything of the sort.



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  • holmesmmd

    Harbaugh is an idiot, nuff said. Yeah genius, punch someone with a helmet on and get thrown out of the game with your broken hand!?Bravo moron, bravo!

  • Terry Carlson

    whining pussy when he played what’s new

  • BlGWlGGLYSTYLE

    shoulda thrown staley out

  • Carol Parks

    Lol! Idiot? Who got a touchdown right after Matthews (KingKong) late hit? Ohhhhh the Niners! Who also won the Game! Illegal tackles that is all The Cheese heads had! That big gorilla Matthews had a hard time even getting Kaepernick to the ground! Lol! Niners will be laughing all the way to the Super Bowl!

  • Carol Parks

    He’s a Brilliant coach, & one of the main reasons the Niners are number one. No doubt we will be back in the Super Bowl this year again, & this time win it. Not bad for a team that struggled for so long. Best Coach, & Best Quarterback in the NFL period!

  • Carol Parks

    What Matthews did was an illegal late hit. He should have been thrown out. But, the BETTER team WON!

  • holmesmmd

    Carol,
    You never played football so I can understand you being clueless. I can also understand that you are a serious homer. Watch the clip again. Kap almost lost his head. Isn’t that why your emotional coach was so upset. It was an admittedly stupid play and #52 admitted that. Trust me, Kap wants no part of CMIII. He would get his azz kicked up and down the field. CMIII launched himself in the air in an effort to make sure Kap was going to go out of bounds. It wasn’t time right but that was the plan. Ish happens! You also go a 4 point gift from the refs on that play so you should be happy about that(typical for your conference) GB was winning in the 4th qt despite 14 points given up by turnovers and despite missing a few key defensive players. Your presumed march to the SB will require that this game is played again. We’ll see then what happens then, lol.

  • holmesmmd

    FWIW, the Niners are good now because they drafted early every because they sucked for such a long time. Harbaugh has nothing to do with having 9 Pro Bowl players on his squad. Put down the Kool Aid glass. The guy is a Neanderthal, period. He also whines like a friggin infant every time something doesn’t go his way. Did you ever hear the Packer’s coach act like such a buffoon? Even after getting shafted in the Seahawks last year, the Packer’s handled it with class. Kap is a tattooed punk who hasn’t learned any humility or class. He’s damn sure not gonna learn from Jimmy H! I do like his play calling though. Brilliant is a bit of an overstatement however.

  • Stick

    Yes we will see.. OH and we are 3-0 the last 3 times we played each other with 1 of the wins in GB..Your team is overrated this year dude! How did stopping CK from running this game work for ya? lol And CK doesn’t want any part of CMIII? This is not boxing or wrestling.. It’s football! Does anyone want to take a blind side hit from CMIII? No! BUT CMIII would get shook out of his shoes in the open field trying to tackle CK… Don’t be bitter that you lost and the the 49ers OWN GB right now.. lol And that “presumed march to the SB” will have nothing to do with GB this year! lol

  • holmesmmd

    Lol, another homer! Go figure. I’m not bitter at all man. It was a great game. We obviously have some personnel issues and injuries in the secondary but leading in the 4th qt of that game was a large improvement over last year. 14 pts as a road team off of turnovers, all the blown coverages, screwed by the refs, and still only lost by 7?!(3 possibly without the call). Why would anyone who is a fan of the NFL be bitter about that….Dick? Kap has been sacked by CMIII every time he’s faced the guy so the whole “shaken out of his shoes” statement is a bit comical. Uike 9′rs fans, Pack fans enjoy rivalry! You guys beat us twice in the regular season by 7 and blew us out in the playoffs last year. I wouldn’t refer to that as “owning” anything. If that’s what you believe, that’s fine. We have a much larger, physical defense than we had last year and played pretty damn well against the best O line in the league! No one in Packer nation is panicked dude, seriously. You guys played a mistake free game at home and deserved to win

  • MO

    This coming from the fat guy who sits at his computer cuz he thinks he’s tough. Go eat something big boy.

  • holmesmmd

    Do you like guys? I’m 6 ft 225lbs who has lifted weights and been athletic my entire life. Body fat percentage is around %12…so shut your pie hole keyboard warrior. You don’t want any of this….or perhaps you do?:/ Your addition to the discourse was very enlightening as well. God are there some morons in this world!

  • MO

    check your BMI again tubby. I’m female & nobody wants you… Ha ha you think your so cool dissing athletes that you couldn’t equate to.

  • holmesmmd

    I get it now! A good old fashion Kap groupie! Lol. “How dare someone insult my boo”! Roll eyes. Are you a Bieber fan as well? This is a football article honey. If you don’t have anything meaningful to add, STFU! Attempting to insult someone’s assumed appearance, just makes you appear as you obviously are, any empty headed bimbo. Lol. Hilarious. Did you even read the article and can you follow the game? I thought not. Shut up

  • holmesmmd

    By the way genius, please point out where I ever attempted to “equate” to any of the players being discussed and the stated requirement to do so in order to criticize a player’s media appearance?! It’s a friggin sports blog idiot! If you just want to bust down for Kap, you’re probably in the wrong forum. By the way, I’ve hit more booty than a toilet seat so…..you can’t even get your insults right. ROFLMAO

  • Terry Carlson

    coach hardblow is a professional bullcrapper,at least kaperdink has some talent.See yah in four months,Go Pack Go

  • Mark Gretz

    u r old news my friend. Matthew’s plan was to make sure Kap7 was going out of bounds. HUH! by launching himself with a flying suplex, yeah I guess that would do it. Yes the ref’s screwed up. CMIII should have gotten a double foul (unsportsmanlike conduct) for the suplex and slapping, grabbing Staly’s facemask….and an ejection. Whoever baldy was hiding behind CMIII’s back, surely did not use common sense. It takes a homer to know a homer!

  • PissedoffinAZ

    Who got a touchdown courtesy of the refs not knowing the rules? Niners. One late hit, and even that was launched just as skinnyass went out of bounds and you are calling everything illegal? Who put skinnyass on the ground three time? You barely won, and if you hadn’t been gifted the extra 3rd down, you might not have at all. You didn’t whip ass like last year, so ya gotta blame it on something other than the fact that the packers improved, and you didn’t.

  • PissedoffinAZ

    Thrown out? WTF planet are you from? Suh doesn’t get thrown out and he makes what Matthews did look like a sit-down picnic.

  • holmesmmd

    Doesn’t take a homer to recognize a homer. Read my posts and contemplate the difference. I stated that SF played error free and deserved to win. That’s being a homer? You don’t know what the word means if you think so. CMIII acknowledged it ” wasn’t a very smart play”. He squashed it with Kap after the game and you guys benefitted from the misapplication of the penalty per the NFL. What do you not understand. You guys are intoxicated with victory juice. We have been drinking that for a long time so I guess our tolerance is substantially higher. You SF fans crack me up. None of you have said one positive thing about the effort we made. All I have read our personal attacks and gibberish. Very astute!

  • gavinwca

    Harbough thinks Mathews is as stupid as he was when he broke his hand punching some defensive players helmet. Clay is not that stupid so he slapped the players helmet. If Harbough thinks Matthews is a wussie suit up and get in line across from him or shut up.

  • gavinwca

    But you got rained out completely in Seatle.

  • Carol Parks

    That game in Seattle, was Brutal! The only good thing we did was for most of the first two Qtrs. keep the score very low, at 5 to 0. But, I can admit we absolutely stunk. Hopefully everyone on the team learned something. I surely expected a much closer game. :-(

  • Carol Parks

    No, I never did play football…LOL! And I am a Die Hard 49er fan. Now, I will slink away, & try & forget that brutal, game in Seattle. I think I am in shock. :-(