Mike McCarthy on Clay Matthews’ penalty: He did what he was coached to do

AP

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews disagreed with referee Tony Corrente’s decision to penalize him for a hit on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, adding that penalties “are out of control.”

A day later, Packers coach Mike McCarthy wonders what Matthews was supposed to do.

“He did what he was coached to do,” McCarthy said, via Jay Sorgi of WTMJ. “He tries to brace, the weight distribution. . . . [Officials] saw it differently.”

Jaire Alexander intercepted Cousins’ pass with 1:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, which would have allowed Green Bay to escape with a 29-21 victory. Instead, the 15-yard penalty kept the drive alive, and the Vikings scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to send the game to overtime.

Corrente said in a postgame pool report that Matthews had essentially “burped” the quarterback, picking him up and throwing him to the ground.

A league source said the play was correctly officiated, because the technique of grabbing the passer from behind the leg or legs, scooping and pulling in an upward motion is a foul.

McCarthy said he is “all for” player safety and protecting the quarterback, but officials have to make sure “it’s not a competitive disadvantage to the pass rusher.”

“I think anytime you have a desired result, there’s a formula to get the results,” McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “You’ve got to make sure you look at all the variables, but I’m not sure the variables are clear right now.”

McCarthy also took exception to a holding call on offensive lineman Lane Taylor that negated a Jimmy Graham touchdown.

“I didn’t see a hold there,” McCarthy said, “but we have to convert on the next set of downs.”

Corrente had to answer questions from a pool reporter after the season opener, too, when the league office waited too long to initiate a review of Rob Gronkowski‘s questionable catch in the final two minutes of the first half.

83 responses to “Mike McCarthy on Clay Matthews’ penalty: He did what he was coached to do

  1. I think it was a bogus call, but it’s going to happen every Sunday now. Going to have to get used to it I guess. Tackle football will soon be a thing of the past.

  2. apparently MM did not get the message from Zimmer stating that the Packers linemen hold on every down and that is why his defense could not get to Rodgers . How Zimmer could complain about any calls yesterday is whining for the sake of whining.

  3. Forget the terrible decision to shorten overtime. Forget helmet to helmet calls. Forget anthem controversy. This is the worst thing about 2018 football

  4. Any Packer player/coach/fan complaining about a call going against them is priceless. They’ve been getting calls in their favor for 25 years.

  5. how anyone can compare the Barr hit to the Matthews hit is again just being silly. Cousins was in the process of throwing when Clay hit him. Barr had to take three steps after Rodgers threw it before he made his contact.

  6. “NFL Rules are ruining football…”

    No, owners are trying to keep the assets they pay millions of dollars to safe from harm. And the league is trying as hard as it can to make sure the people who still believe the product is legitimate, don’t start turning away en masse…like they did on Sunday in Washington.

    The product is terrible and the people who believe it isn’t manipulated are fools.

  7. that moment when the Packers get burned on the penalty that was created because of their QB…. its called the Rodgers Rule for a reason.

  8. Comparing the Barr hit from last year to the play Matthews was flagged for yesterday reflects ignorance…par for the course for Vikings fans

  9. “that moment when the Packers get burned on the penalty that was created because of their QB…. its called the Rodgers Rule for a reason”

    If you honestly believe that rules are established for one player or another, you obviously have zero clue how the business that you watch for excessive hours of entertainment….is organized, run and carried out. None. Zilch. Zip.

  10. This guy, Corrente, looks like he is about to fall asleep. He’s nothing but controversy every games he and his crew officiates. The whole new set of rules protecting everyone playing the game on offense is out of control. Any time I see him as the head official at an Eagles game I know the refs will dominate the game.

  11. I’m am far from a Green Bay fan (and, NOT of anyone else in that division, so relax all the Vikes, Bears or Lions fans).

    Just as a pure NFL fan – that was a horrid call. No game should be decided by what can be called, at best, a ticky-tack violation.

  12. September 16, 2018 the day the NFL died. Mark Cuban modern day Nostradamus. I loved this game so much. Never in a million years could I have imagined it would devolve into…this. RIP American Football.

  13. Well, in all fairness, if not for that phantom roughing the passer call, we would not be talking about Vikings dominating in the 4th quarter. Full disclosure, I was a Cousins doubter – I thought Case was the right move – starting to look like I was mistaken.

    And, things were pretty even in OT – as evidenced by the final score.

  14. The call on Matthews is related to “burping”, picking the QB up and slamming him to the ground, which Matthews did not do. The ref obviously saw it differently. But that rule has been around for several years. It has nothing to do with a player landing on the QB intentionally, which is related to the new rule in place.

  15. I agree 100%, the call call against Kendrick’s was wrong the call against Matthews was wrong. Both led to scores. The Matthews call seems bigger but it wasn’t. It was just the timing of it. Move on to next week.

  16. Well, in all fairness, if not for that phantom roughing the passer call, we would not be talking about Vikings dominating in the 4th quarter. Full disclosure, I was a Cousins doubter – I thought Case was the right move – starting to look like I was mistaken.

    And, things were pretty even in OT – as evidenced by the final score.

  17. Im a Vikings fan and that was a good sack by Matthews, totally clean. However, the comments above are right regarding almost all of the calls going the packers way. Earlier in the game the vikings were called for roughing the passer on an equally clean sack on rodgers. I saw SO many blatant uncalled holding penalties by packers offensive lineman it was crazy. At one point Hunter would have clearly sacked rodgers in the end zone for a safety but the offensive lineman literally pulled Hunters shoulder pads to the ground once he was beat. No holding call, plus they ended up calling a bogus penalty on the vikings secondary that play instead.

    All around, my Packer fan wife and i agree that there are WAY too many flags, for both teams in each game, that shouldnt be called and really are ruining the game of football. We basically need to get rid of all the rule changes that have been made over the last 5 years.

  18. How about Packers players, coaches AND fans STOP whining about the call and focus on the pathetic defensive effort in the 4th quarter!

    They blew ANOTHER double-digit 4th quarter lead, gave up 3 TD passes AND 22 total points!
    THATS the story, not the “bad call”
    In the last SEVEN games vs the Vikings, Green Bay has TWO wins!
    Ouch

  19. Jack Lambert used to say have the quarterbacks wear a dress so everyone knows that they are not allowed to be tackled. With that type of call from Corrente, just how can a quarterback be tackled legally? The NFL should throw a flag on Corrente and fine him for that awful call.

  20. I have the sneaking suspicion that the division is going to come down to that game. If the Vikings pull out the division win on a tie breaker someone is going to be called out on the carpet. The NFL front office is not going to be pleased if Rodgers and the viewership he brings, is out of the playoffs two years on a row. It behooves the NFL to ensure the Packers make the cut this season.

  21. vashonartist says:
    September 17, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    It wasn’t a burp, but it sort of looked like a burp. Wimpy call.
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    You’re right. Just watched the video several times and in the process of his tackle, Matthews looks like he is lifting Cousins leg to “burp” him even though he wasn’t. Bad calls all day on both sides.

  22. The call last week on Garrett when he hit Big Ben was the one that turned me off of the NFL. That was a perfect form tackle that every player gets coached to do from the time that they start playing football. If the owners don’t want their 120MM QB getting hurt, it’s simple, just stop paying QB’s that kind of money. Maybe spread the wealth to the offensive line, you know the ones that actually protect the sissy in the skirt.

  23. For the last four years the NFL has added more rules in the name of player safety and to try and increase scoring ie; defensive holding and pass interference calls. This has changed the game to the point of no return. More rules = more bad calls = losing more fans = less interest in footbal = more unwatchable = bad ratings = im glad I cancelled my Sunday Ticket two years ago = it pisses me off that they took my favorite sport away from me. Thanks NFL

  24. “The officiating is starting to look very, very fishy.”
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    Opponents of the Packers and Patriots have been saying this for years!

  25. vikingjim60 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    Any Packer player/coach/fan complaining about a call going against them is priceless. They’ve been getting calls in their favor for 25 years.

    ___________

    The fail Mary play was so horrid, Goodell couldnt show his face til the regular officials came back. There are bad or missed calls every game… this goes down as horrid, and will have post season implications whether it wild card or the ability of hosting a game

  26. If you know anything about football you will see that BARR’s hit last year and Clay’s hit this year are completely two different things. BARR hit Rodgers well after the ball was thrown, drove him into the ground and applied his FULL body weight onto Rodgers. Clay got to Cousins a split second after cousins released it and did not “scoop” him or attempt to drive him into the ground. he wrapped him up, made a tackle and moved his body weight off of Cousins. Just your typical pathetic refs who are so inconsistent its not even funny. I saw WORSE hits than Clay’s the afternoon games not get called for roughing the passer. NFL is becoming a joke.

  27. Kendricks turned his body so he wouldn’t land on top of Rodgers and still got flagged. The Rodgers rule is bad for football. Injuries happen to Rodgers, Brady any player, stop making stupid rules to try to prevent it. It is tackle football everyone knows the dangers and they still sign up for it. The packers were lucky the Vikings had a bad kicker yesterday.

  28. The call was the sort of call we should expect to see. Also, the call should not have been made at the time it was made. The outcome of the game was at stake with a minute and a half left. Let them play unless it is a blatant foul. It took Corrente 3 seconds after the hit to pull his flag. He can be seen watching the ball, and after it was intercepted, he reached for the flag while turning his attention to the area where the hit took place. Matthew’s was already back to his feet and Cousins was getting up not even expecting a flag. Can officials place wagers on NFL games?

  29. I wonder if he thought the rest of the team did what they were coached to do as the Vikings completely dominated the fourth quarter and overtime.
    ——
    And the first three quarters?

    Btw, your “domination” in the 4th and OT included a TD taken off the board for no reason and an int wiped out. And it took a missed Crosby fg to even get to ot.

  30. And Cousins did what he does. Put up big stats but didn’t win a big game.
    Btw, anyone who thinks the tackles by Barr and Matthews were the same needs to get their lavender-colored glasses cleaned.

  31. flviking says:
    September 17, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I agree 100%, the call call against Kendrick’s was wrong the call against Matthews was wrong. Both led to scores. The Matthews call seems bigger but it wasn’t. It was just the timing of it. Move on to next week.
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    Packers fans minds are blinded to the Kendricks call. They are so conditioned to receive calls it is almost impossible for them to see that the same thing happened to the opposing team.

  32. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    And Cousins did what he does. Put up big stats but didn’t win a big game.
    ___________

    Do you expect him to kick, too?

    I could say the same about Rodgers. Except his stats weren’t as big.

  33. Fitting end to the game. Both teams blew it. For the vikings it was missed field goals and dropped passes and for the Packers it was not being good in scoring position and a defense that wilted….

  34. That call had nothing to do with the new Anthony Barr rule. The refs admitted that. They instead called an old rule on Matthews, one which didn’t even apply on that play.

  35. pkrlvr says:
    September 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    I wonder if he thought the rest of the team did what they were coached to do as the Vikings completely dominated the fourth quarter and overtime.
    ——
    And the first three quarters?

    Btw, your “domination” in the 4th and OT included a TD taken off the board for no reason and an int wiped out. And it took a missed Crosby fg to even get to ot.
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    Yes it did suck that they took away Smith’s INT for no reason. However none of the packer fans want to talk about the same horrible call on Kendricks earlier in the game, the defensive offsides that should have been a false start, the runner who was touched down but was awarded an extra 12 yards, the center being held on the blocked punt, the roughing the passer (hit to the head by DB, and facemask by DL on same sack) that should have been called to get the Vikings out of deep in their territory prior to the blocked punt. The two low hits to the knees of Cousins in the 4th quarter and last the dangling/ripped sleeves of Hunter & Griffin that surely wasn’t from being held all day. Other than that the officials totally favored MN in this one.

    The one thing we both can agree on the officials were terrible all day, and probably will be the rest of the year. Personally I think it was fitting the game ended in a tie because neither team deserved to win that one yesterday.

  36. shlort says:
    September 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Cousins was getting up not even expecting a flag.

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    I know this is strange to packer fans but not every QB in the league gets up and whines to the refs every time they are touched.

  37. Even the blind Vikings fan saw that it was a bogus call. You fans ought to be grateful that because of this call…it exposed the fact that you guys had Blair Walsh 2.0.

  38. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    I wonder if he thought the rest of the team did what they were coached to do as the Vikings completely dominated the fourth quarter and overtime.

    —–

    And if they don’t call a phantom hold, or a bogus roughing, the game was out of reach. I can only imagine how you Barneys would have reacted if the game ended on a Cousins pick.

    Still can’t finish?

    Good tie Minnesota. You guys act like you won the game?

  39. It sounds like some don’t know the definition of the new Rodgers Rule. For clarity sake here it is.

    “A rushing defender is prohibited from committing such intimidating and punishing acts as ‘stuffing’ a passer into the ground or unnecessarily wrestling or driving him down after the passer has thrown the ball, even if the rusher makes his initial contact with the passer within the one-step limitation provided for in (a) above. When tackling a passer who is in a defenseless posture (e.g., during or just after throwing a pass), a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw him down or land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up the passer with the defensive player’s arms and not land on the passer with all or most of his body weight.”

  40. “Any Packer player/coach/fan complaining about a call going against them is priceless. They’ve been getting calls in their favor for 25 years.”

    Which is exactly why we have had 25 straight Super Bowl appearances. I remember the Fail Mary in Seattle going our way too……oh wait! Guess what all 32 teams get eronius calls here and there. Lane Taylor’s hold was bogus Clay Mathews RTP was just amazing. Those 2 plays plus crosby’s miss gave the packers 3 chances to win….they did not. Carlson and the Vikings missed 3 field goals to win….they did not. A tie sucks but both teams squandered opportunities with that being said it should have been over in regulation.

  41. Last year Rodgers was out of the pocket. Doesn’t compare. It was a clean hit.
    If hair boy doesn’t grab Cousins leg and lift.. no call. Kendrick’s hit was an even worse call.

  42. Win Just One for Tony says:

    And, things were pretty even in OT – as evidenced by the final score.
    ###

    Not really.

    Kirk Cousins led his team into FG range twice in OT.

    Rodgers failed to get anywhere close to FG range. First he lost 3 yards on a 2nd down carry and then he took a sack on 3rd down for another 7 yard loss.

    Yes, Carlson missed both attempts.

    He is now unemployed, yet Rodgers still has a job…

  43. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    And Cousins did what he does. Put up big stats but didn’t win a big game.
    Btw, anyone who thinks the tackles by Barr and Matthews were the same needs to get their lavender-colored glasses cleaned.
    ————————————

    Your right. Barr’s tackle was a legal hit that didn’t get a flag or a fine. Fabio’s tackle was illegal (whether you like it or not) and drew a flag and will also get a fine. Just like Kendricks will get a fine. Congratulations to Erin’s whiny mouth.

  44. “Mike McCarthy on Clay Matthews’ penalty: He did what he was coached to do.”

    If this is true, they should both get canned.

  45. andrwken says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Good tie Minnesota. You guys act like you won the game?
    //////////////
    Just ignore the fact that your team gave up 22 points in the 4th quarter. At home. To acknowledge that might make your head explode.

  46. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:17 pm
    mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    And Cousins did what he does. Put up big stats but didn’t win a big game.
    ___________

    Do you expect him to kick, too?

    I could say the same about Rodgers. Except his stats weren’t as big.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..

    Rodgers at least has 4 big games from the 2011 playoffs on his resume`. In 57 years of existence, that has never been said by anyone while wearing the Minnesota uniform. 57 years! Heck it`s been over 40 years since the Minnesota team has even been in the Superbowl. Minnesota is the longest tenured team from the former NFL, while there was still the AFL, without a championship. The Lions, Browns, Cardinals have all been champions, but not the Minnesota team. Never. Never will be. I can see why Minnesota fans never want to talk about their past when it is full of futility and ineptness.

  47. If anybody thinks the hit on Aaron Rodgers last year and what Clay Matthews did was close to the same you are an idiot or a Viking fan. Might be hard to distinguish anyway

  48. Define irony: a rule designed to protect Aaron Rodgers from the Minnesota Vikings winds up getting called against the Packers resulting in a tie game against Minnesota.

    Priceless!

  49. I noticed that Eric Kendricks hit on Erin earlier was flagged early in the game in a hit IMO that wasn’t as bad as Clay’s hit.

    Notice no one is discussing that or defending Eric.

    These ludicrous fouls are all because of Erin last year. So Clay can go complain to him, instead of the NFL….

  50. I am a Packer fan

    The reason they tied
    Green Bay had 3 trips in the red zone and came away with 9 points!

    And Clay’s sack/penalty was a bad call
    And
    If the NFL wants to know why ratings are down
    Look at that call

  51. As a Vikings fan, that call was HORRID. The one on Kendricks was garbage too, but at least it was earlier. The NFL is so incompetent and obsessed with stacking regulations on top of regulations, I sometimes mistake them for the federal gov’t.

  52. lambeauandlombardi says:
    September 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:17 pm
    mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    And Cousins did what he does. Put up big stats but didn’t win a big game.
    ___________

    Do you expect him to kick, too?

    I could say the same about Rodgers. Except his stats weren’t as big.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..

    Rodgers at least has 4 big games from the 2011 playoffs on his resume`. In 57 years of existence, that has never been said by anyone while wearing the Minnesota uniform. 57 years! Heck it`s been over 40 years since the Minnesota team has even been in the Superbowl. Minnesota is the longest tenured team from the former NFL, while there was still the AFL, without a championship. The Lions, Browns, Cardinals have all been champions, but not the Minnesota team. Never. Never will be. I can see why Minnesota fans never want to talk about their past when it is full of futility and ineptness

    //////////////////////

    I’m more than happy to talk about the past. I saw many great games the Vikings won and many great Viking players. It sounds like you are jealous of this years Viking squad, and the fact that the Vikings have a much better chance at winning this years Super Bowl than the packers, it also sounds like you are a very unhappy person. Get outside, smile, enjoy the day.

  53. I hate to say it but maybe the QB should wear flags, if the flags come off in his dropback on a pass play the entire defense should be awarded a sack in the stat line. Face of the franchise stays healthy and it is clear when he is “down”. Game is changing and the NFL needs to proactive in not losing their fan base. I’ve already stopped watching all NFL games not covering the Packers.

    Love Jimi.

  54. Define irony: a rule designed to protect Aaron Rodgers from the Minnesota Vikings winds up getting called against the Packers resulting in a tie game against Minnesota.
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    The ego on some of you. Designed to protect Rodgers from the Vikings. Lol.

  55. How Delicious!
    The very rule that was implemented because the NFL wants to protect Rodgers and Brady from every day textbook hits comes back to bite the Packers who whined so mightily that anyone dared touch Baby Jesus.

  56. Aaron Rodgers’ Sensitive Feelings says:
    September 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    The Vikings didn’t tie the Packers, the Packers tied themselves.
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    The Vikings didn’t tie the Packers nor did the Packers tie themselves. The refs tied the Packers.

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