Casey Matthews is Clay Matthews’ younger brother. He plays inside linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, who the Green Bay Packers face this week. So naturally, the younger Matthews was asked how Clay feels about his move from outside linebacker to inside linebacker.
Apparently, he doesn’t like it.
“He did well, so you’ve got to assume he’ll play more of it,” Casey Matthews said. “I don’t think he liked too much about it. He was happy to get that sack [of Jay Cutler], but that was when he was back to outside. He likes getting after the passer, taking on the linemen . . . I told him to look at it this way: He’s the highest-paid inside linebacker in the league. He got a laugh out of that.”
We’ve got two words for this. Two words that will allow us to channel our inner Cutty!
We don’t care what Clay Matthews likes and of course he’s a typical fucking prima donna.
Gotta play outside backer so I can rack up gaudy sack numbers! Sacks are sexy!
Well, guess what buddy. You were playing outside backer for shit this season. You weren’t racking up sack numbers. On the other hand, you played inside linebacker like a boss and helped improve the worst position on the team. You’re gonna take your bloated contract, shut the fuck up and play yourself some inside backer like a goddam killer and you’re going to like it!
Seriously, Matthews had 2.5 sacks in the Packers first eight games this season while playing outside linebacker. I’m no mathematician, but I think that would have put him on pace for a whopping five sacks for the season, which would have been the lowest total of his career.
Matthews was also a gaping asshole when it came to setting the edge and playing the run as an outside linebacker, something his replacement, Nick Perry, is not.
Now, the Packers have gone out of their way to say they don’t consider Matthews an inside linebacker. Coach Buffoon defines him as a position-less “football player.” That’s clearly just to satiate Matthews’ ego though.
Matthews has to be an inside linebacker until the Packers actually get someone else competent to man that position. And he should embrace it. He’s a hell of a lot better at it than he is at playing outside.