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Jim Harbaugh: NFL read-option rules 'flawed and a bit biased'

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07:32 AM ET 09.07 | If you're an NFL quarterback and you're running the read-option this year, you're going to get hit. The league made it clear on Thursday that read-option quarterbacks will be treated -- and hit -- like runners this season. One person who has a big problem with that is 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. On Friday, Harbaugh called the rule that makes read-option quarterbacks fair game, 'flawed and a bit biased.' "We could get into a long discussion about it..." Harbaugh said, before getting into a long discussion about it. "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, he's as defenseless as a quarterback who's in the act of throwing," Harbaugh said. "And I'm not advocating that they don't hit the quarterback if he has the ball, but when he's in the pocket I believe there should be a strike zone. The same strike zone that is given to the quarterback when he's in the pocket and throwing the ball." Harbaugh seems to thinks the rule could lead to more injured quarterbacks.

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September 7, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Go SF!

September 7, 2013  08:17 AM ET

What a whiner.

September 7, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What a whiner.

Absolutely. It is just too hard for anyone not a 49er fan to like this guy.

September 7, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Not only a whiner, but has some conspiracy theory paranoia issues as well.

September 7, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Absolutely. It is just too hard for anyone not a 49er fan to like this guy.

Indeed! The rules state that if the QB hands off and fakes like he still has the ball he is fair game as a runner...kinda like they do in college...

September 7, 2013  09:03 AM ET

If you want to play like a runningback... you get hit like a runningback.

Although, I too am surprised that the league would pass a rule that decreases player safety.

September 7, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If you want to play like a runningback... you get hit like a runningback.Although, I too am surprised that the league would pass a rule that decreases player safety.

It is not a new rule. It is the old rule. Nothing new about it. Harbaugh is just trying to work the refs early. He has seven months worth of losing in the superbowl stuck in his head..Ya think his defense will not go after QBs the same way?

It just bothers him his brother slapped his QB around in that superbowl and threw him off for a long time.

September 7, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Absolutely. It is just too hard for anyone not a 49er fan to like this guy.

Ed Zachary.

September 7, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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just as Billy explained I'm shocked that people able to earn $9428 in one month on the computer. ... www.jobs60.com

Maybe Billy should explain the rule to Harbaugh. That should clear it all up.

September 7, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It is not a new rule. It is the old rule. Nothing new about it. Harbaugh is just trying to work the refs early. He has seven months worth of losing in the superbowl stuck in his head..Ya think his defense will not go after QBs the same way?It just bothers him his brother slapped his QB around in that superbowl and threw him off for a long time.

That was I kept thinking: wasn't this always the rule? Act like you got the ball, somebody's going to try and tackle you.

September 7, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Maybe Billy should explain the rule to Harbaugh. That should clear it all up.

LOL!!!

My morning laugh!

September 7, 2013  09:53 AM ET

The forty-whiners! This name could wind up being Jim Harbaugh's legacy.
I'm really hoping defenses figure out how to contain Kapernick so that the whining escalates. He's probably no worse than any other coach - just more vocal and transparent.

September 7, 2013  10:09 AM ET

You take more hits at a Aldon Smith party than you do playing QB for the 49ers. Harbaugh's concerns are misplaced.

September 7, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The forty-whiners! This name could wind up being Jim Harbaugh's legacy. I'm really hoping defenses figure out how to contain Kapernick so that the whining escalates. He's probably no worse than any other coach - just more vocal and transparent.

He's just worried that when Kappy is distracted because he's too busy kissing his own bicep he'll get creamed.

September 7, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

LOL!!! My morning laugh!

Just trying to do my part.

September 7, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What a whiner.

it runs in the family. Heck, the last name rhymes with a baby's cry. Har- bawwwwwwww!

September 7, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Read an interesting analysis of how to stop the run option: hit the QB at every opportunity and have the LBs and DBs play a run zone defense so they don't get caught out of position regardless of who winds up with the ball.

September 7, 2013  11:24 AM ET

Whining will not bring back those seconds you wasted in the Super Bowl with your clock management issues.

September 7, 2013  11:35 AM ET

Once the baby, always the baby. Stop crying Jim and put on your big boy pants.

 
September 7, 2013  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

You take more hits at a Aldon Smith party than you do playing QB for the 49ers. Harbaugh's concerns are misplaced.

Nice!

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