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    Harbaugh: Read-Option Ruling 'Flawed'

    San Francisco ***** coach Jim Harbaugh didn't get his way. But Friday, he got the final word on the interpretation of what is a legal hit on a quarterback in the read-option offense, saying the league ruling was "flawed and a bit biased."

    The subject has become a hot issue for Sunday's much-anticipated playoff rematch between the Green Bay Packers and host San Francisco.

    In the NFL's weekly rules video that was sent to reporters on Thursday, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino showed several read-option plays and spelled out when a quarterback who is in the act of running the read-option can be hit.

    "The quarterback can be hit like a runner until he's clearly out of the play," Blandino said in the video.

    On Friday, the oft-emotionally charged Harbaugh didn't hold back when he spoke to the media, noting that the league's competition committee said it didn't have the "the appetite to look at it any further. So that's where we're at."

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    DemovskyJim Harbaugh and Clay Matthews seem to have different interpretations of what defenders can do to a read-option quarterback. What do the rules say? Demovsky analysis

    "I believe that when a quarterback is handing a ball off or faking a ball -- in the read-option case, he's reading on an option play and he's as defenseless as a quarterback who's in the act of throwing," Harbaugh said.

    ***** quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a record 181 yards rushing in the team's playoff win against Green Bay in January. This week, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews said the Packers will try to hit Kaepernick to slow him down.

    I wish them all the success in the world !!

    "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 Wednesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike." "So with that, you do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they're too important to their offense. If that means they pull them out of that type of offense and make them run a traditional, drop-back, pocket-style offense, I think that's exactly what we're going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable."

    Hopefully this will be required reading for our D-line and linebackers .. Can't wait until Ray Ray and Ogletree get a chance to smack Kreeperneck around for 4 quarters!


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    Re: Jim Harbaugh: Option ruling 'biased' .. Poor little Jimmy

    Harbaugh potentially has set it up where there could be a roughing call or two by gun shy refs......

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    Re: Jim Harbaugh: Option ruling 'biased' .. Poor little Jimmy

    Poor lil Jimmy has certainly tried to create confusion for the refs and save his QB (Queem Bee) from being descimated by Clay and company... Hope Clay gets alot of hits on Kraper Neek, I am almost as excited to see this as the hightlights of the Rams games! LOL

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    Re: Jim Harbaugh: Option ruling 'biased' .. Poor little Jimmy

    Oh please. Stop whining, Jim.
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