Clay Matthews still questions NFL’s definition of roughing

AP

Clay Matthews watched the video the NFL released hoping to clarify for officials, coaches and players what roughing the passer looks like. Matthews’ three roughing the passer penalties were not used as examples in the video.

The four plays did include the hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr that broke the collarbone of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last season.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement that the competition committee determined it would not change the rule or change roughing as a point of emphasis. However, Vincent also added that “to ensure consistency in officiating the rule, the committee clarified techniques that constitute a foul.”

Matthews, who was not fined for any of his three roughing the passer penalties this season, remains confused about what officials consider roughing.

“I don’t know if that statement really expresses how they’re going to call it moving forward,” Matthews said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “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.”

Officials have called 34 roughing the passer penalties this season, which is more than twice the total in the first three weeks of last season, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.

Matthews said Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL’s competition committee, told Matthews “not to change a thing.”

32 responses to “Clay Matthews still questions NFL’s definition of roughing

  1. Don’t worry Clay, even the NFL questions the definition. The body weight rule has been there for 20 years and now it means something different… somehow

  2. He and everyone else.

    The part that freaks me put most is these calls are havong HUGE impacts on outcomes of games. And lets not forget that these games are being bet on.

  3. They came up with the new rule to protect quarterbacks from being driven into the ground the way Aaron Rodgers was when he broke his collarbone. But if they are going to call any sack a potential roughing penalty, defenders may figure that hey, if they are going to call a roughing penalty even if I just tackle the guy, then I may as well drive him to the ground hard, so I can take the QB out of the game instead of being called for a non-existent penalty.

  4. Clay, your old style lifting up a QB by the legs and then body-slamming him to the ground WWE style is roughing.

    Tackling Alex Smith the way you did will get you a penalty 1 time out of 10. Keep doing that – it won’t be an issue moving forward after this coverage.

    P.S. see you on Raw in a few years… don’t cut that hair

  5. More people are losing interest in the NFL every day because the NFL can’t decide what a catch might be or what constitutes roughing the passer. The NFL needs to figure it out if they don’t want empty stadiums and even worse television ratings.

  6. there is no way the competition committee got together to say its fine, if it was good the meeting wouldn’t have been called in the first place.. more likely they decided they could not admit they were wrong.. i know we got a couple years but Im guessing Players are now going to want to have input on rule changes and will force the issue in the next CBA

  7. Although the hits against Smith and Cousins shouldn’t have been flagged, the hit that was flagged in the first game was dirty, which isn’t uncommon for CM. He’s a dirty player, plain and simple. Don’t believe me, just search youtube and you’ll find them.

    The best thing, however, is that his whiny QB was the one who received the hit that created this rule, now commonly known as the Aaron Rogers rule, just like the tuck rule was created to create the other biggest whiner in the game.

  8. petersjeffrey36 says:
    September 27, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    there is no way the competition committee got together to say its fine, if it was good the meeting wouldn’t have been called in the first place
    _____________
    1000% true, they can’t come out 3 weeks into season and say they fudged them up.

    Hopefully form tackles withoutncontact to the head are no longer penalized

  9. that’s because this has nothing to do with player safety and everything to do with being able to control the flow and the outcome of the game. as more and more of these judgment call rules are in place, it continues to get easier for the NFL to maximize profits by controlling the games.

  10. I can understand Dirt Mathew’s confusion. Getting both IQ points to come together is really taxing.

  11. It’s almost like I wanna watch the game to see what kinda penalty is gonna be called more so than what the players do….it causes publicity..good or bad…its still pub

  12. Uhhh…Clay wasn’t an example. Barr was…that’s why it’s THE BARR RULE. You guys have reading comprehension problems?

    I’m sorry that your blubbering isn’t supported by anything beyond your own uninformed prejudicial beliefs.

  13. Everyone does know that Romo had good collarbone broken 3 times by the body weight and being driven into the ground. The NFL never once flagged those defenders.

  14. I love the pathetic losers hiding behind fake names to bash Clay Matthews and call him dirty.

    You guys are scary. Super scary.

    In real life? Cowards who can’t keep their McJob.

  15. I’m looking forward to seeing Suh land on top of Cousins and get up,and stomp on his neck. Get ejected and fined. It will be worth it.

  16. “thefiesty1 says:
    September 27, 2018 at 10:22 pm
    I’m looking forward to seeing Suh land on top of Cousins and get up,and stomp on his neck. Get ejected and fined. It will be worth it.”
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    And this has what to do with Clay Matthews?

  17. shlort says: “More people are losing interest in the NFL every day because the NFL can’t decide what a catch might be or what constitutes roughing the passer. The NFL needs to figure it out if they don’t want empty stadiums and even worse television ratings.”
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    Oops, ratings are up this year. Sorry it doesn’t fit you “world is ending” narrative.

  18. ermi0101 says: “that’s because this has nothing to do with player safety and everything to do with being able to control the flow and the outcome of the game. as more and more of these judgment call rules are in place, it continues to get easier for the NFL to maximize profits by controlling the games.”
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    That’s right. NFL maximizes profits by having large-market teams losing like Dallas and the NY Giants while Tennessee and Jacksonville are winning…

  19. For those saying it’s a new rule, um no….it’s been written the exact same way since 1995. 23 years. The same year they also initiated the don’t lead with the crown of the helmet. Every year the NFL picks an old rule, and over emphasizes it.

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