Matthews on how to beat 49ers: 'take your shots' at Kaepernick

Jay Sorgi

Colin Kaepernick. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Matthews on how to beat 49ers: 'take your shots' at Kaepernick

CREATED Sep. 3, 2013

After eight months of hearing about the read-option scheme that helped the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers in the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoff, Clay Matthews is responding with the way to beat it.

Hit Colin Kaepernick.  Often.

"You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense," Matthews said on ESPN Radio.

It's not just because of the reason every defense tries to hit a quarterback, but how rules change about hitting QB's when they use the read-option scheme.

“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 told ESPN.

“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.”

Scroll through the slideshow for a photo gallery of Clay Matthews and what he can do to quarterbacks.