Jim Harbaugh: “A Penalty is a Penalty No Matter When it Occurs in a Game”

February 7, 2013 – 7:45 am by Brad Gagnon

Jim Harbaugh admits that he won’t ever forget losing to his brother in Super Bowl XLVII, but the 49ers head coach also sounds as though he’s still a little upset that a flag wasn’t thrown on what appeared to be defensive pass interference on an end-zone throw to Michael Crabtree with Sunday’s game on the line.

Jim Harbaugh joined The Rise Guys on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco to discuss new franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his team’s slow start in the Super Bowl, the notion that officials should “let them play” in big moments, and his team’s heart as they made a big comeback against the Ravens. He also stated that he doesn’t think any of his assistants will leave town.

On how valuable this experience has been for Colin Kaepernick:

“I think it’ll be a tremendous experience for him going forward. He’s played in huge games. Darn near every start he’s had has been a huge game, what a lot of people would think would be a lot of pressure, and it doesn’t ever seem to faze him. … He just plays the game. He’s joyful when he’s supposed to be joyful and he gets a lot competitive when he’s supposed to be a lot competitive and he gets angry when you’re supposed to be angry. He just plays the game. That’s the thing that strikes me the most.”

On the team starting slow against Baltimore:

“Maybe we were trying to do too much individually in the first half defensively, instead of just doing our job.”

On the notion that officials should “let players play” in big moments of big games:

“I would say it exactly like Bill Polian: A penalty is a penalty no matter when it occurs in a game. It could occur in the first play of the game. It could occur on the last play of the game, or any play in between. That’s the rules of football. You let ‘em play or let ‘em get away with something. Which would you rather have? Let’s play the rules of the game. … If there’s a penalty then it’s a penalty — doesn’t matter what kind of game. … It’s the rules of football. If it’s a penalty, you call it. If you see it, you call it. That’s how I feel about it.”

On being proud of his team’s resolve:

“It’s a devastating loss, and something that we will regret and live to regret. But there’s worse, and that’s [if] your teams gets disheartened when it’s down by 22 points and you end up getting beaten by 40. Our team, the effort, the play, they just continued to play the game and darn near came all the way back. So that’s something you can live with.”

On Michael Crabtree being the No. 1 receiver:

“I think that was pretty well-documented the way he played. He’s our No. 1 receiver. That’s an easy question.”

On being confident that his assistants won’t take jobs elsewhere:

“We’re very confident. There’ll be teams that will show interest and have shown interest, but our coaches are committed to what we’re doing here.”

Listen to Jim Harbaugh on 95.7 The Game here

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