After two consecutive weeks where Packers games were marred by roughing calls on Clay Matthews, why not make it a third? What Matthews did on Sunday afternoon absolutely cannot be a roughing the passer penalty if this league is going to survive, and is just the latest example of the league taking form tackles and turning them into something to be ashamed of. Matthews has clearly had enough, and said as such in his postgame interview.
Clay Matthews says something has to change with the way the NFL is calling penalties on defenders for hits in the QBs. pic.twitter.com/AkFLQ28RlB— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 23, 2018
Claiming the NFL is "getting soft," Matthews is absolutely right to voice his opinion here.
After all, what else is he supposed to do? These aren't late hits. These aren't excessive, and to the head. They're all just football plays, and approximately 35 percent of them are getting flagged at random intervals. You just never know what you're going to get.
If clay matthews had short hair he woudnt get penalized as much. Ppl allways assume hard rockin lookin guys like me and him are up to no good discrimnation plain and simple— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) September 23, 2018
Matthews nailed it. Not only is it a soft league, but it's a confused group right now. This can't be the sticking point.
If the NFL doesn't come to a conclusion soon on whether or not contact is allowed in a contact sport, I'm sure many more outspoken voices will join Matthews in displeasure.