Tag Archives: Clay Matthews

49ers’ weak pass rush gives Packers hope

Here is my Saturday column on the upcoming 49ers-Packers playoff game. GREEN BAY, Wis. — The 49ers can beat the Packers, have beaten the Packers, know how to beat the Packers, should beat the Packers and probably will beat the Packers on Sunday.But don’t count out the Packers just yet. A few factors work in […]

Harbaugh: “We feel like we have a good plan.”

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke in the media tent Friday afternoon. Here’s a transcript. Q: Are you satisfied with the week of practice? HARBAUGH: Yeah, I think it was a real good week, both teams ready to play. Excited to go up to Seattle and get this game going. Q: What did B.J. Daniels […]

Kaepernick on playing in Seattle: “You have to try to project your voice.”

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick spoke in the locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript courtesy of the 49ers.   Let’s ask you about the commercial on EA Madden. Those are great. Is it a real deal? Are somebody’s eyebrows coming off after this game? “I’m going to let to you ask [Seahawks QB] Russell […]

Jim Harbaugh calls out Clay Matthews

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what Jim Harbaugh said about Clay Matthews Monday morning. Q: What’s your reaction to the aftermath of Clay Matthews’ illegal hit on Colin Kaepernick? HARBAUGH: I think there was a lot going on on that play or series of plays. You had the third down play where we got stopped short. […]

49ers-Packers matchups: Anthony Davis vs. Clay Matthews on passing downs

On running downs like first-and-ten, the Packers will line up Clay Matthews on the right side of their defense against Joe Staley. But on passing downs like third-and-seven or any time Green Bay is in their Nickel defense, it would be logical for them to move Matthews to the left side of their defense and […]

Packers have a painful plan for 49ers, but a solution is in the strategy

Here is my Friday column previewing the 49ers-Packers game. Jim Harbaugh has to understand Clay Matthews isn’t bluffing. Matthews wants to take out Colin Kaepernick. Every Packer does. Matthews said so. If the 49ers run the read-option, the Packers will try to hurt Kaepernick. They’d be nuts not to. It’s legal. It’s smart. Knocking him […]

Kaepernick on the season opener vs. the Packers: “We have to win.”

SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick spoke in the 49ers’ locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said. Q: What were your thoughts when you found out the Packers were the first game on the schedule after the way you guys ended their season a year ago? KAEPERNICK: We’re just worried about this game right now. […]

Harbaugh: “You’re hearing all the tough talk right now. It sounds a lot like targeting a specific player.”

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke in the media tent Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said about opposing defenses’ approach to stopping Colin Kaepernick and the read option. Q: The referees went around the league this offseason and explained that while a quarterback is carrying out his fake on the read option, he is not […]

Clay Matthews says the Packers’ defense is ready for “this read-option, pistol, fake offense.”

Clay Matthews was asked about defending the read option on ESPN radio Tuesday morning. Here’s what Matthews said: MATTHEWS: “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. So with […]