Remember that roughing the passer video the NFL was going to send out? It was supposed to contain the hit by Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on Kirk Cousins.
It did contain the hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on Aaron Rodgers, last season. You know, the one that broke his collarbone.
Even though the competition committee is talking about the rule next week, the league and the committee aren’t expected to change it. They can, however, change the way it’s officiated. That appears to already be what’s happening.
According to Kevin Seifert, there have been 34 roughing the passer penalties this season, more than twice the total over the same period in 2017. Someone at league headquarters has told officials to make this an emphasis.
Matthews has three of those penalties. Two of them were BS.
One of them cost the Packers a win.
NFL executive vice president and Badger great Troy Vincent issued a statement this week that went out to teams showing the right and wrong ways to sack the quarterback. It did not say the league was looking to reduce the number of these penalties. However, remember that helmet-to-helmet rule that was overcalled during the preseason? Something that happens on pretty much every play?
Vincent came out with a statement then and that dumbass crap has rarely been called since.
“I don’t know if that statement really expresses how they’re going to call it moving forward,” Matthews said. “I’m sure what many, if not all of NFL fans and players, are hoping is that they’re not changing the rule but much like the helmet rule we saw in the preseason, it’ll change. But I said that after the Minnesota hit on Cousins, and nothing changed last week. If that’s the case, that’s truly unfortunate because I think I speak on behalf of everybody that doesn’t like the rule and the way it’s being called and the way it’s being officiated.”
Hey, player safety. Hell yeah!
But, football. Fuck yeah!
Can we stop being stupid about this? You don’t want to get hit? Play baseball. And you still might get hit — with a fastball.
It seems like something is going to change, which is three weeks overdue, at least. Matthews says he spoke to Packers president Mark Murphy, who is on the competition committee, and asked him what to do differently.
Murphy told him not to do anything differently.
“That’s the biggest thing is, from speaking with Mark, coach Mike, my position coach, everything, it’s not to change a thing,” Matthews said. “I just think somehow you need to program something in your head that when you’re coming with those straight-on hits with the quarterback, to pick a side, maybe go after the ball. Those are going to be the tough ones. As a pass rusher, most of your sacks — that’s not true.”
RULES! Made by guys who, mostly, never played the damn game.
And let’s be honest. Guys who only care about money and TV ratings.
And maybe fan disgust. And I think everyone is disgusted right now.