Jim Harbaugh spoke on Friday afternoon indicating a dislike for the rules involving the quarterback after faking a hand off. He feels the current rules are premature for anyone who is a running quarterback.
"[The rules] are flawed and a bit biased," Harbaugh said. "They give a license for team to hit a quarterback in the knee or the head and it's a flip flop in player safety. I've heard the [league] say they want to [reduce] chop blocks [but] there is no protection on the quarterback from a play fake."
Harbaugh continued his rant believing that the quarterback should keep his pocket protection rights until the he moves out of the pocket to run. He doesn't like that his quarterback needs to be extra cautious.
"If he's a runner, he's a read runner," Harbaugh said. "If the quarterback is in the pocket, he should have the same protection from a throwing quarterback. By definition, a fake is a deceptive maneuver. [This] is a gray area."
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews recently said the Packers will have a game plan where it is within the rules to hit the quarterback even after he hands off the ball from a read-option. He cited how the quarterback loses his rights as a pocket passer when he could potentially run.
From other reactions, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said yesterday the rules are fair game. He wasn't bothered at how the passer can become declared as a runner if he wants to move away from pressure. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman agreed with Harbaugh by saying the rules needed to be refined and believes there will be changes to this in the future.
Colin Kaepernick said he wasn't fazed by this ruling and is only worried about each game itself. He said was hit several times while playing at Nevada when running from a read-option or scramble in the pistol formation.
“I’m not worried about the [rules]," Kaepernick said on Wednesday. "[My opponents] did just about everything [against me]. [Bring hit is part of] football because you’re going to get hit.”
-Harbaugh confirmed that Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Colin Kaepernick are the team captains for this season. Smith is serving his second year under the two-year term after being elected last season. Willis was re-elected by the players and Colin Kaepernick was the newest elected captain. Harbaugh said there will be captains of the special teams who will rotate week by week.
-Harbaugh said Kyle Williams has had a great offseason despite not playing in a preseason game. The head coach feels Williams has become stronger and faster than before. He would be expected to return punts and even kickoffs with LaMichael James being injured.