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Clay Matthews has to change to stop read-option quarterbacks

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick scrambles away from Green Bay Packers Neal and Matthews in their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in San Francisco Reuters

The success of read-option quarterbacks in the NFL is forcing Packers linebacker Clay Matthews to alter the way he plays.

Matthews said on ESPN that his preference is to fire off the ball and fly toward the quarterback at the snap. But after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick employed a read-option attack to the tune of 181 rushing yards and 263 passing yards in a playoff win over the Packers, Matthews said he has had to learn a new approach.

“I like to get after it. I like to just be going for it, getting after the quarterback,” Matthews said. “With this, it’s the complete opposite. You have to sit there and play pattycake with the tackle, making sure the quarterback doesn’t escape the pocket. You have to read and make sure who’s taking the ball, who’s not. It’s difficult for me to just kind of sit back, especially when Kaepernick was having such success throwing the ball that game, too, which caught us by surprise.”

Matthews said that after working on it this offseason, the Packers’ defense is confident in its ability to stop read-option quarterbacks going forward.

“With the game plan we have, we feel good about going into the season, especially seeing a few of these teams with these read-option, pistol-style quarterbacks,” Matthews said.

The Packers don’t have to worry about most teams doing what the 49ers did to them because most teams don’t have the 49ers’ personnel. It’s not like Jay Cutler, Christian Ponder and Matthew Stafford are going to run for 181 yards against the Packers. But when they play the 49ers, the Packers will need to be a whole lot better on defense than they were last time.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2013 4:23 PM

    He’s one of the top 10 defenders in the league, and easily the best in the division.

    He will be just fine.

  2. glennsyank13 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:24 PM

    It’s not like Ponder will throw for 181 yards either.

  3. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:24 PM

    A good test will be the third preseason game against Seattle. I’m not holding my breath. Just the threat of a running QB essentially neutralizes their best pass rusher. I’m more interested in seeing how Datone Jones and Nick Perry perform.

  4. jayniner says: Aug 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    And Colin Kaepernick agrees with him…LOL

  5. pftisterrible says: Aug 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    This is exactly why the read option is not a gimmick like the wildcat

  6. britishteeth says: Aug 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    “Clay Matthews has to change PED’s to stop read-option quarterbacks”

  7. sandblastermoron says: Aug 12, 2013 4:35 PM

    Matthews said that after working on it this offseason, the Packers’ defense is confident in its ability to stop read-option quarterbacks going forward.

    yeah!!! you sorry group of losers couldn’t stop your local volleyball team!!!!!!

    1 good linebacker and 10 bums wont cut it this year Fabio!!!!

  8. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    Why doesn’t this Fabio guy just shut up.?? Fabio you have 2 teams that are gonna embarrass and delivery the peckers a BEAT DOWN by the end of week 2 the peckers will be 0-2. You have to be aggressive in your playing style. Other wise people are gonna blow you up.

  9. skinsaneasylum says: Aug 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    Maybe they aren’t worried about Cutler, Ponder, Stafford in that way…

    But you better believe they are worried about week 2 when they have to face Robert Griffin III.

    If they thought Kaepernick was tough…wait until they see the ROY who is a better passer than Kaep.

  10. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Aug 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    a guy like jolly could be an asset to defend it, too. a quick inside push helps, as read-option takes time to develop in the backfield.

  11. ickky says: Aug 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    But what are you going to do to stop ALL DAY?

  12. mackcarrington says: Aug 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    What he is saying is that he now has to think a little instead of just charging after the QB. For some guys that could be a life-altering challenge.

  13. baddegg says: Aug 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    “It’s difficult for me to just kind of sit back, especially when Kaepernick was having such success throwing the ball that game, too, which caught us by surprise.”

    Like someone said, this is why it’s not as simple as “all the defenses catching up in the offseason.” There is a lingering misperception that Griffin, Wilson and Kaepernick are simply “running QBs” when in fact they can all throw. By having to cover all options, you are essentially neutralizing a pass rusher from just pinning his ears back and coming after you.

    Read Matthew’s quotes. Even in the very scheme they are employing to stop the read option, they’ve already had to sacrifice their aggressiveness.

    This is why it is so silly when everyone says that those read option teams won’t do well this year because “all defenses have to do” is scheme for it.

  14. allday420ap says: Aug 12, 2013 4:45 PM

    What a jabroni

  15. shiftyshellshocked says: Aug 12, 2013 4:45 PM

    That was awesome how the niners did that to the Pack. Skol!!!!

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 12, 2013 4:45 PM

    Awesome. One of the best linebackers in the NFL and yet he understands that every one needs to keep working and improve. If that what it means to be brainwashed, I’m all for it. Can. Not. Wiat.

  17. changsteinelgamal says: Aug 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    Isn’t that called “playing linebacker”?

  18. antalicus says: Aug 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    He only had to do this because he know their defense was Clay or nothing.

  19. tremoluxman says: Aug 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    No, Ponder won’t run for 181. But AP will twice lay a hurtin’ on the Packers.

  20. dwarftosser says: Aug 12, 2013 4:49 PM

    Good offenses have been putting up huge numbers against the Packers for the last few years. While I want to believe that will change, I’m just not convinced they have done enough to make a big difference there. As a Packer fan, I think we have to hope that Rodgers has a big day and the 49ers make a couple of mistakes in week 1.. because I don’t believe that we are going to confuse anybody with our defense.

  21. muskyhunter2542 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:50 PM

    Ap mar run… Vikings still lose

  22. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    ickky says:Aug 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    But what are you going to do to stop ALL DAY?

    ________

    Start testing for HGH.

  23. sandblastermoron says: Aug 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 12, 2013 4:45 PM
    Awesome. One of the best linebackers in the NFL and yet he understands that every one needs to keep working and improve. If that what it means to be brainwashed, I’m all for it. Can. Not. Wiat.

    ————————————–

    Carl, I think all that raod blow you eat at work is starting to melt your mind……

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    So Matthews has finally figured out he has to be more than a one-dimensional player? It’s easy to say it, not so easy to do it.

  25. humb0lt says: Aug 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    It’s only a matter of time before Kaepernick takes a wicked shot while he is running around and then all opponents will have to worry about is Colt McCoy.

  26. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Aug 12, 2013 4:45 PM

    Awesome. One of the best linebackers in the NFL and yet he understands that every one needs to keep working and improve. If that what it means to be brainwashed, I’m all for it. Can. Not. Wiat.
    _____

    If anyone knows what it means to be brainwashed, it should be you.

  27. ososrule says: Aug 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 12, 2013 4:23 PM
    He’s one of the top 10 defenders in the league, and easily the best in the division.

    He will be just fine.

    ____________________________________

    Typical pipe dream comment from the WORRIED Tokyo peanut gallery !!!!

    Jared Allen and Julius Peppers are both better than Matthews. Matthews hasn’t played long enough to beat out those 2 defensive legends as of YET! Leaving Matthews in 3rd place for best in the division.

    Close but no Cigar!

  28. patriots123456 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    I think the Packers should be working on their offense…

    They didn’t even score a point in their first pre-season game against the Cardinals…

  29. formyministy says: Aug 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    look, i hate the packers. let’s just get that out of the way.

    but seriously you guys? you think clay matthews is just out here telling the media and everyone their actual gameplan and what his responsibility is against the read option? some of you think football was just invented yesterday. if the read option was so devastating, how come kaep had ONE good game running the ball? granted, it was best-single-game-of-all-time, but it was one game.

  30. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    Read option is simple – HIT EVERYONE! If you hit the QB enough these teams will get out of the read option real quick because they wont have any QBs left.

  31. whatjusthapped says: Aug 12, 2013 4:57 PM

    No need to panic. It was the other outside LB, Walden, that was lost the whole game and cost the Packers huge chunks of yardage. I can’t remember a single player having that bad of a game as Walden did against the 49ers. How he managed to get the Colts to give him a big contract is beyond me.

    Remember, the Packers added two number 1 draft picks to their defensive front 7 (Nick Perry is returning plus Jones) and then add in Jolly and you will have more hands on deck this time around.

  32. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    But does he think the name “Redskins” is derogatory?

  33. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    No, Ponder won’t run for 181. But AP will twice lay a hurtin’ on the Packers.

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    And still lose to them. Please remember, they still have Ponder.

  34. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    Osos, notice I didn’t say career.

    Right now, Matthews is better. The other two were great for a longer time, so they’d get the nod for that, but not right now.

  35. tjacks7 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    You underrate Ponder, my friend. But even if he doesn’t run for 181 yards, the Packers always give up 200+ to Peterson.

  36. chi01town says: Aug 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Dom Capers is in trouble this season. the WHOLE league knows he dont have a clue of how to stop the read option play. and every team the packers play will run a read option package of atleast 10 plays just to see can they get Capers to panic.

  37. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    So Matthews has finally figured out he has to be more than a one-dimensional player? It’s easy to say it, not so easy to do it.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    An obvious, but not surprising lack of football knowledge. In a 3-4 defense, pressure on the QB is supposed to come from one of the outside linebackers. In Matthews case, him being their best defender he lines up in various spots. Since your beloved Vikings have never come close to winning a Superbowl, why don`t you worry about what fixes your team needs-start with the QB position.

  38. supermariojosh says: Aug 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    So Matthews has finally figured out he has to be more than a one-dimensional player? It’s easy to say it, not so easy to do it.
    —————————
    And the most ignorant statement of the year award goes to…

    I know you’re only a troll, and I shouldn’t feed you, but Clay is a complete defender. The Packers issues stopping AP have come from poor D-line/ILB play and corners who are afraid to attempt anything but an arm tackle.

  39. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 12, 2013 5:11 PM

    It’s called “containment,” Clay.

  40. justintuckrule says: Aug 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    Wrong strategy. Just pummel the QB EVERY SINGLE TIME he comes down the line with the ball. Don’t guess or mind read. Hit him enough and that ball will come out quick.

    Never understood what the hubbub is about this dumb offense. We used this strategy in school every time and never lost. There’s a reason teams haven’t run it in 60 years.

  41. censoredagain says: Aug 12, 2013 5:15 PM

    Maybe the little sissy should get a haircut so he can see these guys run past his overrated ***

  42. kacimlangford says: Aug 12, 2013 5:15 PM

    It’s not like Ponder will throw for 181 yards either.

    ______________________________________

    No, just 234 the last time he played the Packers and beat them.

  43. pongonfl says: Aug 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    recognizing the issue has to be a good first step

  44. rainponcho87 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    What Matthew is describing is called “over-pursuing” and that is simply a mistake. You don’t stay and cover your assignment and you leave a portion of the field open. That open field could be filled by a scrambling QB, a designed QB run or bootleg, a screen pass, or by a back slipping out of pass blocking to catch a dump off and have room to run. As a pass rusher you have to know when to pin your ears back and get after the qb and when to stay home a bit first. I think the pistol/read option is just another element the defense is going to have to diagnose and deal with. You may see less of it this year, but that doesn’t mean that the threat of it won’t shape how a defense plays. And I don’t think defenses are going to able to rely on the QBs who run it getting hurt.

  45. pem34 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:25 PM

    Don’t ever change Pony Boy…Don’t ever change.

    – Ralph Macchio

  46. contra74 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    It’s not like Ponder will throw for 181 yards either.

    ______________________________________

    No, just 234 the last time he played the Packers and beat them.
    ———–
    Or maybe Peterson can get it all by himself again. Either way, Vikings win.

  47. kwjsb says: Aug 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    Gotta love a kid who wears his Daddies haircut …..

  48. bigdadyiz1 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:40 PM

    I think most people are missing the fact that their was a missing piece that was not there”on defence” cause of an injury “Nick Perry”who is now healthy and has been working with “C.M.” can you say 1-2 Punch too this read option OB’s hope you can look both ways at the same time!

  49. posmoo says: Aug 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    pretty sure a great way to get killed on the read option is to have the outside contain (end/olb) try to read the qb and watch if he keeps. that’s what rob ryan had ware do in week 17 against the redskins and he was left in the ether.

  50. harryglyphics says: Aug 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    Has a “read-option”–meaning a running QB–EVER won a Super Bowl?

    See Fran Tarkenton et. al…

  51. clayminator says: Aug 12, 2013 5:42 PM

    bold predictions country74 from a fanbase who follow a team that has won absolutely NOTHING!

    the experts in Vegas have you purple pigtailed queens winning 7 games….smart money is on the UNDER!

  52. bigjim50010 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:47 PM

    ickky says:
    Aug 12, 2013 4:41 PM
    But what are you going to do to stop ALL DAY?
    ________________________________

    surround him with viking uniforms?

  53. duggyd2001 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:48 PM

    Really Contra? Ponder had a career day Peterson went for 200 and the Vikes still had to win in the last seconds of the game. You must be so proud.

  54. jonbeck316 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:50 PM

    He should have realized this a lot sooner- like during the actual game

  55. contra74 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    supermariojosh says:
    Aug 12, 2013 5:07 PM
    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    So Matthews has finally figured out he has to be more than a one-dimensional player? It’s easy to say it, not so easy to do it.
    —————————
    And the most ignorant statement of the year award goes to…

    I know you’re only a troll, and I shouldn’t feed you, but Clay is a complete defender. The Packers issues stopping AP have come from poor D-line/ILB play and corners who are afraid to attempt anything but an arm tackle.
    —-
    Correct me if Im wrong but you just said the whole D is the problem.

  56. hitemhard215 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:01 PM

    This is the NFL not College Football. I give kap credit for shredding a lot of teams defense but come on he is not god yet. Teams have film now to study him and I think he is going to probably get exposed.

    The only reason why he is good and getting the media attention is because their defense is great. Has there been any successful running qbs not named steve young

  57. pftisterrible says: Aug 12, 2013 6:02 PM

    justintuckrule says:

    Wrong strategy. Just pummel the QB EVERY SINGLE TIME he comes down the line with the ball. Don’t guess or mind read. Hit him enough and that ball will come out quick.
    —————————————————-
    I don’t know what game you are watching, but most zone read plays in the NFL last year the QB doesn’t “come down the line” like they do in triple option schemes- the QB reads the end from the backfield. If the end wants to sell out and hit the QB in the backfield, the QB will give and the running back will bounce outside uncontained. If the end crashes down, the QB can keep and he is still protected by the rules protecting QBs (he can slide) if a linebacker scrapes over in time.

    This play isn’t going anywhere.

  58. hitemhard215 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    Tim Tebow pulled a Brett Favre against the steelers lookvat him now when teams have the whole off season tostudy film on him . Whats going to be kaps reason… lucky for him he plays on a team with a great defense

  59. thegoodfight12 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    My only concern w/ the Packer’s defense this year is at the safety positions and the LB spot opposite Clay. Not every team uses the read option so to think that you have to change your whole game plan/approach to stop 5% of the League is foolish. The Packers were an average defense despite those read option games and did a pretty damn good job of containing Wilson before he went on his little run. Clay just needs to focus on staying on the field so we can play San Fran in the cold this year. He’s a top 5 pass rusher when he’s healthy.

  60. donth8thehorns says: Aug 12, 2013 6:06 PM

    Even my fellow Viking fans on here are clueless! 1- with Aaron Rodgers @ the helm, the packers will always be tough!
    2- even with a busted o-line, we have Ponder leading the way, we are in year 3 and still over analyzing his every camp throw! He is pathetic, and we will be as strong as he is in the pocket!
    4- Mathews is a stud, calling him Anything different is misinformed and worthless banter!
    Bottom line, if ponder plays a perfect game, we can put pressure on Rodgers and AD can run his A$$ off, we sneak out a close victory, but with Rodgers, the pack will always be 10+ win team

  61. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:07 PM

    Mathews will need to add to his skill set if he hopes to beat up on teams other than the hapless Vikings and Bears twice per season. Those 2 incompetent teams have become ridiculously easy to beat.

  62. snaponrules says: Aug 12, 2013 6:11 PM

    Clay “roid” Mathews is 1 drug test away from mediocrity.

    The guy is Shawne Merriman 2.0

  63. supermariojosh says: Aug 12, 2013 6:13 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 12, 2013 5:52 PM
    —-
    Correct me if Im wrong but you just said the whole D is the problem.
    ———————-
    On some level, yes, you are basically correct. The Packers D had very poor gap discipline against AP and Kaepernick to end the season, and our DB’s looked terrified of tackling anybody. Part of that is coaching, part of it was injuries, and part of it was personnel. Bottom line though, Matthews is a complete player, even if Kaep made him look completely silly in the playoff game.

  64. judsonjr says: Aug 12, 2013 6:15 PM

    This isn’t new.

    When they played the Eagles in the 2010 regular season, Vick went hog-wild running. The Packers also gave up 200 yards rushing to QBs in the first month of the season, including 53 to Shaun Hill and 37 to Jay Cutler.

    When they played Philly in the playoffs, they were more disciplined as they would situationally have their guys maintain discipline rather than all out rush. So sometimes the LBs would fake the hard outside rush, and then just stop and cover the flat.

  65. TIM says: Aug 12, 2013 6:18 PM

    The thing about Kaepernick is that unlike the other “read option” QB’s that were mentioned,he hardly ever takes a good lick. He is too fast and elusive and he gets down when he should get down.
    Besides that he is a big QB and can take more than RGIII or Wilson etc.
    And besides all that Kap is a great passer of the football and if the read option thing is not working he will kill you with his arm.
    The Niners are not a “read option” team. They run a varied offense and use whatever will work against the team they play that week. The difference between the Seahawks and Skins and Niners is that the Niners have a QB that can do it all and also have a great running game and the best O line in the League.
    And don’t think for a second that if defenses just start hitting the QB on every play , if he has the ball or not,that the refs won’t start calling a load of roughing penalties. The refs are told to protect the QB’s because the QB’s are the bread and butter of the League and the refs know they must protect them.

  66. thegoodfight12 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:18 PM

    donth8thehorns: Finally a voice of reason for both sides. I agree w/ everything you said and am really looking forward to the Pack/Vikes games this year esp w/ all the new talent both teams acquired in the draft. Can we all at least agree that these are the 2 best teams in the NFC North???

  67. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:19 PM

    hitemhard215 says:
    Aug 12, 2013 6:01 PM
    This is the NFL not College Football. I give kap credit for shredding a lot of teams defense but come on he is not god yet. Teams have film now to study him and I think he is going to probably get exposed.

    The only reason why he is good and getting the media attention is because their defense is great. Has there been any successful running qbs not named steve young

    ———————————————-

    Your statement alone is a tacit admission to the cavernous depths of your football acumen. When something works at the NFL level it’s not a gimmick. Kaepernick is a freak of an athlete and if you don’t see this coming………EVERY opinion you have about football will be a moot point.

    The train is leaving. It’s your choice.

  68. blackshirtz says: Aug 12, 2013 6:20 PM

    Uh, are we SURE Matthews isn’t being brainwashed!

    LOL

  69. punkthepack says: Aug 12, 2013 6:26 PM

    Matthews’ thinking is clouded by all the roids, isn’t that right Filthymcignorant?

  70. frellmedead7 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:29 PM

    Kaepernick made Green Bay’s defense look silly, and Matthews can’t do it alone. Since Thompson did nothing in free agency to improve the speed on defense, and only a little more than nothing in the draft, Kaepernick will make them look silly again.

  71. hot97x says: Aug 12, 2013 6:30 PM

    JustinTuckRule: you are describing a triple option, not the read-option from the pistol formation. just like any other play fake, you cannot just hit the QB on every play or you will draw 15 yard penalties. how many penalties would you be willing to draw in a single game? furthermore, all of these teams that ran some read option last year started bringing guys across the formation to kick out the end so they don’t have a clear path to the QB. and if you do sprint right at the QB they will just hand off to the RB immediately and the defense is going to get gashed because you already have one defender removed. these teams also pass pretty often off of the “read option” fake which creates a whole new dimension on how you have to play with your safeties.

  72. 15starr says: Aug 12, 2013 6:35 PM

    We can all agree that the Vikings are the second beat team in the north

  73. grizzlybear54 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:42 PM

    Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.

    – mike tyson

  74. bluemonstaz says: Aug 12, 2013 6:46 PM

    Overrated

  75. chi01town says: Aug 12, 2013 6:49 PM

    Why did the Dallas Cowboys change back to a 4-3 defense? because the read option play is built to out number the defense at the point of attack. and the 3-4 defense has a great disadvantage at the snap of the ball. Hey packers fans somebody should tell Dom capers what you have just learned.

  76. exhelodrvr says: Aug 12, 2013 6:49 PM

    The 49ers and the Seahawks game plans did not rely heavily on the QB running, and Wilson and Kaepernick are both good at minimizing contact. Something that RGIII needs to learn in a hurry.

    It’s also pretty obvious that the league is not going to let teams get away with “hitting the QB on every play,” so that’s not an option (pun intended).

  77. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:50 PM

    Perhaps the late great Bud Grant said it best when he stated “Viking fans are small people (metaphorically speaking) living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.

  78. kenshalek says: Aug 12, 2013 6:57 PM

    Softest defense in the league……..

  79. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 6:59 PM

    Read option is an issue for the Cowboys new 4-3 defense that allows guys to fly to the ball and get after the QB, like Clay does. I like the defense but Clay points out that facing a read option slows things down.

    At USC, Kiffin’s defense was exposed by the college read options.

  80. rainponcho87 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:06 PM

    I like these comments along the lines of “when defenses game plan for the read option” it will go away as a fad. Ok, when is that going to happen? How many great games by Wilson, Kaepernick, and RGIII will it take before defense are finally motivated to install a plan to stop it?

  81. ickky says: Aug 12, 2013 7:07 PM

    BaBaBa BABY…….
    Don’t forget my number…

  82. bigdadyiz1 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:07 PM

    I wonder what film John Harbaugh was studying pryor to last years Super Bowl and how he was able to shut down Mr Legs. I think Dom Capers is not too worried as long as we have healthy starters!

  83. vikesfan22 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:09 PM

    This dude is right up there with Tebow. Overrated, overpaid, and overhyped. He says I like to get after the QB otherwise I have to play patty cake with the tackle. What he meant to say is I’m easily blocked by most tackles, so I Can only get to the QB if he is stationary and I come in untouched. His sack totals are impressive, but he’s a LB so he has to tackle someone other than the QB once in awhile. Check out his tackle stats.

  84. clayminator says: Aug 12, 2013 7:12 PM

    kenshalek says: Aug 12, 2013 6:57 PM

    Softest defense in the league……..

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    so soft they have whipped the NFC North division 17 of the last 18 games.

    the trend will continue!

  85. thechosenone51 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:26 PM

    Man, Clay is a hell of a pass rusher… That’s it. He can make big plays, with sacks, and in pass coverage, he is average. But when it comes to stopping the run, he is very overrated. Ask A.P. about it. I can’t wait to see if they are gonna be as good against the option as they think they will be, but personally, I believe it is the same good old fashioned over confidence that everyone in the league hates about the pack nation.

  86. deertay says: Aug 12, 2013 7:33 PM

    It’s going to get even better when teams start reading players other than the backside DE. It’s a sound concept, and those don’t go away too easily.

  87. bert1913 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:34 PM

    to stop the read option you need 2 really good cornerbacks. then you can use more 8 man fronts. read option qb’s love aggressive linebackers and defensive ends.

  88. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 12, 2013 7:41 PM

    @filthymcnasty1:

    Mr. Bud Grant is still very much alive and kicking.

    Do your research next time before you put something that stupid on here. Bonehead.

  89. farvite says: Aug 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    The problem isn’t Matthews!! It’s the rest of the Packers front-7.

    #pathetic up front

    #Capers is no genius

  90. Micah Orloff says: Aug 12, 2013 7:49 PM

    It is all about discipline and assignment football. Athletic QBs like Kaep, Wilson and RGIII are going to make plays. But with certain defensive looks, you can take away the read (normally the DE) such as employing the scrape-exchange. Flip the responsibilities and have the OLB defend the QB and outside run and the DE defend the running back and inside give. If you have CBs in man and you can trust them to be in the hip pocket of their assignment, you can make the QB second guess the pass option as well. The Rams did a pretty good job against those teams (SF, SEA, WASH) last year (3-1-1), but the QBs still tallied some stats. The Rams took away the read using a form of the scrape- exchange but instead of sending an OLB over the top, they walked down the SS into the box. This often forced the inside give where they have stout, stack and shed interior defenders. They played the corners off a bit but seemed to be ok with the underneath pass if it can put them into a 3rd down and distance scenario.

  91. GenXJay says: Aug 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    yeah. I seen this interview on SportsCenter. He was doing yoga w/Hannah Storm.
    ol’ FatHead stated he was prepared for the read-option while doing downward-dog.
    Whatever it takes, I guess. Next year will be Shake Weights after Kaep runs wild on gb.

  92. 28for20 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:09 PM

    Hey, Filthy, Bud is alive and well and could kick your puny green and piss yellow pants in a second!D F!

  93. kacimlangford says: Aug 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    Mathews will need to add to his skill set if he hopes to beat up on teams other than the hapless Vikings and Bears twice per season. Those 2 incompetent teams have become ridiculously easy to beat.

    Perhaps the late great Bud Grant said it best when he stated “Viking fans are small people (metaphorically speaking) living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.
    ______________________________________
    I know a lot of Vikings fans talk smack about Packer fans but this guy has some serious issues. Every article almost he brings in insults of the Vikings and their fans even if it is not an article pertaining to MN.

    Seriously, give it a rest with the 2 times a year thing. Grow up man.

  94. kacimlangford says: Aug 12, 2013 8:14 PM

    Forgot to post his name. FilthyMcNasty. Time to grow up man.

  95. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:18 PM

    28for20 says:
    Aug 12, 2013 8:09 PM
    Hey, Filthy, Bud is alive and well……………………

    ******************************************

    My bad. He’s so stoic that it’s hard to tell.

  96. gsr1191 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:28 PM

    In all seriousness matthews is a great pass rusher but that’s it. look at his stats compared to other top 3-4 olb. take james harrison for instance 2 seasons over 100 tackles 4 with 70+. also with 3 yrs w 10+ sacks. thats an olb that is able play the run as well as rush the qb. clay has never had more than 61 tackles. if clay truly does adjust and tries to be more patient and read the play before he just fires off the ball he could really round into an great olb.

  97. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2013 8:30 PM

    contra74 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    It’s not like Ponder will throw for 181 yards either.

    ______________________________________

    No, just 234 the last time he played the Packers and beat them.
    ———–
    Or maybe Peterson can get it all by himself again. Either way, Vikings win.

    —–

    lolz.

    1 win in 7 games isn’t a trend. It’s desperation and taking advantage of the Packers sitting some of their best players, and STILL only winning with a last second field goal.

    Planning on getting anywhere near the Packers this year is idiotic.

  98. chi01town says: Aug 12, 2013 8:30 PM

    When a team with a 3-4 defense line up against the offense the numbers at the line of scrimage is already in favor of the offense 5 to 3 and at the snap of the ball the TE will block the OLB and at the same time the RB and QB is at the point of attack too. the numbers are too great for the defense and somebody’s going to get into the secondary of the defense with the ball. and if the QB see the blitz coming he will pass to the single covered WR. THATS the read option play and why it works against the 3-4 defense.

  99. kacimlangford says: Aug 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:

    1 win in 7 games isn’t a trend. It’s desperation and taking advantage of the Packers sitting some of their best players, and STILL only winning with a last second field goal.

    Planning on getting anywhere near the Packers this year is idiotic.
    _____________________________________

    that one win was the difference between GB having a bye week and getting to play the division round in Lambeau.

    I highly doubt they sat their best players for that one. Your best player fumbled the ball if I do recall and lost it.

    And is better that 1 win in 7 games was at the end of the season and not seasons ago.

    Who knows how the playoff game would have turned out if we had our Starting Qb in the game and not a WR playing QB.

  100. ripster65 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:37 PM

    harryglyphics says: Aug 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    Has a “read-option”–meaning a running QB–EVER won a Super Bowl?

    See Fran Tarkenton et. al…
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    So obviously there’s absolutely no way in hell that will ever happen. I remember when a black QB had never won a Super bowl. I remember when no team had ever won back-to-back Super bowls. C’mon, Man!

  101. stevent92 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:07 PM

    Hard to get after the QB when you’re suspended for PEDs.

  102. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2013 9:08 PM

    kacimlangford says: Aug 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:

    1 win in 7 games isn’t a trend. It’s desperation and taking advantage of the Packers sitting some of their best players, and STILL only winning with a last second field goal.

    Planning on getting anywhere near the Packers this year is idiotic.
    _____________________________________

    that one win was the difference between GB having a bye week and getting to play the division round in Lambeau.

    I highly doubt they sat their best players for that one. Your best player fumbled the ball if I do recall and lost it.

    And is better that 1 win in 7 games was at the end of the season and not seasons ago.

    Who knows how the playoff game would have turned out if we had our Starting Qb in the game and not a WR playing QB.

    —–

    “Some of” would include Randall Cobb, who had the most yards of anyone last year. They sat him. Tell me again how you “highly doubt” this “fact.”

    You don’t have to wonder how the playoff game would have turned out. Look to the last game at Lambeau. Packers win by more than a TD.

    The end.

  103. hot97x says: Aug 12, 2013 9:15 PM

    chi01town: you realize that every 3-4 defense lines up the outside linebackers on the line of scrimmage right? so typically they actually have 5 men right on the line of scrimmage as opposed to 4. it’s not like a 4-3 where the linebackers are all behind the lineman.

    bigdadyiz1: how exactly did the ravens shut him down? he had 302 yards passing with a TD, and 62 yards rushing with a TD

  104. realeyezlife says: Aug 12, 2013 10:07 PM

    yawn! first of all the packers suck and so do the 49ers with their horrible coach…and second of all, we all know the nfl is going to rig it so that it will be eli vs peyton for the super bowl in new jersey…in regards to who wins…hmmm, I mean, it truly SUCKS to say this as giant fan but it will probably be peyton so he ties eli for 2 super bowl rings…and oh by the way, super bowls ARE WON by the team with best IN THE POCKET quarterback – not with some wannabe xbox live college garbage wildcat none sense…tell that rg3 the sucka

  105. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 12, 2013 10:40 PM

    The only thing that would help is if he could change into Lawrence Timmons.

  106. swaggyy says: Aug 12, 2013 10:58 PM

    Oh so he’s going to actually play linebacker instead of hoover over the tackle and rushing the passer all game long? Nice. Clay Matthews is extremely overrated and below average at everything except pass rushing.

  107. spfootballfan says: Aug 12, 2013 11:04 PM

    I love the people here believing that you can continually hit players who aren’t involved in a play and get away with it. Rack up tons of unsportsmanlike penalties and unnecessary roughness and roughing the passer. Do it too much, your guys are going to get ejected which will allowed the qb to rush easier. And not only that, how as a coach are you supposed to teach that. Remember when a coach told his players to take players out of the game a few years back? That certainly worked out well. All it did was cost the team 2 draft picks, cost that coach and the head coach a year, cost the GM 8 games, cost the d line coach 4 games, and almost cost numerous players suspensions as well. I guarantee the Titans (who has to play both the niners and seahawks this year) will not even for a second consider that. Neither will the Saints (who have to play the 49ers and the Redskins).

  108. axespray says: Aug 13, 2013 2:34 AM

    ososrule says:
    Aug 12, 2013 4:53 PM
    “Jared Allen and Julius Peppers are both better than Matthews. Matthews hasn’t played long enough to beat out those 2 defensive legends as of YET! Leaving Matthews in 3rd place for best in the division.

    Close but no Cigar!”
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    Yeah, I know – Jared and Peppers with all their ri-oh wait, they don’t have a ring?
    Close but no cigar?

  109. axespray says: Aug 13, 2013 2:36 AM

    kacimlangford says:
    Aug 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    “Who knows how the playoff game would have turned out if we had our Starting Qb in the game and not a WR playing QB.”
    ————————————-
    Funny, whenever we bring up the fact our team overcame a ton of injuries just to make the playoffs, it’s called excuses – yet your crap QB gets a boo-boo on his little noodle of a bicep, and we’re supposed to actually believe the outcome of a game would be different?

    sounds like excuse making – what next, you’re gonna claim we put a bounty on ‘em too, get league offices involved cause your team can’t handle losing like adults?

  110. rtp295 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:47 PM

    @Spielman

    If Matthews is so one dimensional than why did your boy Chad Greenway say he is the best cover linebacker he has seen? Doesn’t seem one dimensional to me…

  111. vikingfan1971 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:53 PM

    and the packers were shut out by the cards in preseason, I dont care if it was preseason if they were a good team they would have at least scored some points. At least the vikings put points on the board.
    The vikings will be on top of the division this year, the pack will be going down.
    All you need is mr rodgers going down and matthews and what do you guys have.
    we do have more than ap we have patterson, rudolph( the pro bowl MVP) allen greenway and a few others.

  112. teamnorsecore says: Aug 13, 2013 5:47 PM

    You mean he will have to do more than speed rush the QB off the edge every play and actually play Linebacker? Whats next……Rodgers playing Left Tackle?

  113. bigdadyiz1 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:55 PM

    Might wanna go buy your Pro Bowler (J.A.) some crutches this year
    Its kinda weird when u compare stats of last year between Jared Allen & Clay Mattews. Clay has better stats even tho he only played 12 games. WOW
    OH WAIT Nick Perry is healthy this year and is just as good as Clay WOW mmmmmm I wonder whats going to happen. Can’t wait 2 find out……best thing is nobody will be watching (N. Perry) that is untill pus pus Ponder gets blindsided and loses the ball

  114. doall24 says: Aug 15, 2013 8:04 AM

    don’t know, still am nervous with capers running the defense. if i was clay, i wouldn’t change, i would drill the QB just as he was handing the ball to the RB, the QB might think twice about running that play again.

  115. All-American Voltron says: Aug 15, 2013 11:46 AM

    It’s so hilarious listening to these Packers and all these radical changes all offseason all based off of Colin’s humiliating them! They’re going to change their entire team to stop Colin, then 15 other teams will beat the pants off of them and Colin will beat them with his arm. Doofus Packers …

  116. All-American Voltron says: Aug 15, 2013 11:48 AM

    Here’s another newsflash Packers, you didn’t lose JUST because of Koepernick’s big runs. He also threw TD’s the defense held you and picked you off and the rest of the team manhandled you.

    Keep focusing on one aspect of one single game, Packers and we’ll enjoy year after year watching you make fools of yourself.

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