“If you're going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap,” Harbaugh said. “I think if that young man works very hard on being a tough guy, he'll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”
That's some tough talk coming from Screech's cousin. And is that the way a head coach at any level should be talking?
But Harbaugh may have had a right to be upset. While Matthews was penalized for his late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Staley was the only one flagged for his actions during the ensuing scuffle between the two teams. The NFL said the next day Staley should not have been penalized.
On the other hand, the 49ers were the beneficiaries when the referees accidentally gave them an extra down after the offsetting penalties. And it's worth mentioning that Harbaugh's team ultimately came out on top, pulling out a 34-28 victory.
So maybe Harbaugh should have been a little more laid back about the situation nearly 24 hours later. You never know when he's going to be bumping into Matthews again ... like maybe the NFC championship?