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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh seeks clarity on quarterback hits

  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, tosses a football to quarterback Colin Kaepernick during warm ups before an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh wants to ensure mobile San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't blatantly targeted.

So the 49ers coach has gone to the NFL for clarity about when Kaepernick is supposed to be safe before declaring himself a runner.

Kaepernick ran the read option to near perfection on the big stage against Green Bay back in January. In this scheme, quarterbacks aren't as protected when they leave the pocket if it is clear they are runners.

"You're hearing a lot of tough talk right now, you're hearing some intimidating type of talk, the same thing we were hearing a couple years ago," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "It sounds a lot like targeting a specific player. You definitely start to wonder. A man will usually tell you his bad intentions if you just listen. You know what's being said publicly, not what's being said privately. You hope that their intent isn't going to be anything that's not within the rules."

Kaepernick ran right past the Packers in the playoffs, and through them, too.


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