I’ve had ESPN on all day and still haven’t heard one person say the bullshit roughing the passer call on Clay Matthews was the correct call.
The idiot who made it, Tony Corrente, defended it by saying that Matthews picked up Kirk Cousins and drove him into the ground. Clearly, that was not the case. Matthews braced himself with his left hand as he went to the ground. What actually happened was Matthews wrapped Cousins up with one hand around his waist and the other around his leg, initially.
At any rate, the play negated an interception by Jaire Alexander that would have won the Packers the game.
So the NFL will certainly admit the Packers got jobbed, right?
Of course not.
NFL's @alriveron, the Sr. VP of Officiating, will send a out weekly teaching video to all clubs (and game officials) that states referee Tony Corrente made right call on @packers Clay Matthews' controversial roughing the passer penalty. More coming on Monday NFL Countdown
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 17, 2018
So basically, there is only one way you can tackle a quarterback. Can’t hit him high. Can’t hit him low. Have to hit him right in the midsection and lay him down gently. Don’t make it look like you’re picking him up. Don’t fall on him with your weight.
It’s idiotic and ludicrous. We are all for protecting the quarterback, but when is football no longer football?