We haven’t talked about Allen Barbre this much since he was flailing around like a ballerina in shoulder pads whilst trying to play right tackle for the Green Bay Packers. That’s because, 1. we didn’t know Allen Barbre was even still in the league, 2. we didn’t care one way or the other, and 3. when we saw him on Monday night, we couldn’t even believe it.
Apparently, NFL teams still need really shitty offensive linemen. But Allen Barbre wasn’t shitty on this night! Or maybe he was, but at least he did one notable thing. He knocked Clay Matthews square on his ass.
Matthews separated his shoulder on the play. His pride, we’re sure, also took a beating.
“I wasn’t a fan of it,” Matthews said of Barbre’s block. “I mean, I’ve got a lot more to say about it, but I’m going to say it behind closed doors. It was cheap shot, but it is what it is. I hate it. Unfortunately I landed on my shoulder, and that’s kind of what I’ve been dealing with since.”
The play didn’t draw a flag, so the officials obviously didn’t think it was illegal or they missed it altogether. We would assume the former, considering it was in the direct flow of the play. Did Matthews think the block was legal?
“I don’t know. They didn’t throw a flag probably because I wasn’t a quarterback,” Matthews said. “I know all about that.”
Meanwhile, Barbre, who’s getting his 15 minutes of fame, thinks Matthews should STFU.
“It is what it is,” Barbre said. “Everybody’s got their own opinion, but if I didn’t block him then maybe he would have made the tackle. I’m here to help us win. I don’t really value his opinion on that.
“I didn’t really speak to him or anything about it afterwards. I’m glad he’s not injured. That’s not what I’m out to do. I wasn’t trying to take a cheap shot. He wasn’t even my guy. I just took an opportunity to go make the play better.”
Well, but he is injured, pal.
And if you know anything about Clay Matthews and injuries, then you know he most certainly isn’t suiting up this weekend.