Sean McVay excited by versatility of Clay Matthews

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Clay Matthews left a strong impression on Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay the last time he saw him in person on a football field.

While 2018 was a disappointing year for Matthews overall, his best game of the season arguably came against McVay and the Rams in October. Matthews notched a season-high seven tackles and recorded one of his 3.5 sacks on the season. Matthews may be set to enter his 11th season in the NFL, but the prospect of having Matthews a part of a Wade Phillips defense has McVay eager to get started.

“We saw a lot of good stuff when we saw him last year and I’ve always respected his game from afar when you’ve coached against him,” McVay told reporters this week at the coaches’ breakfast at the league meetings. “So when you’re able to add two players like he and Eric Weddle – veteran players that are about the right stuff, being out in L.A. it’s a good deal to be able to get Clay back home.”

Specifically, it’s Matthews’ versatility that McVay is most excited to see join his team.

“He brings a veteran presence that has a lot of versatility to his skill set,” McVay said. “And when you look at it from an offensive standpoint when you think about the guys that can do a lot of different things that pose problems to a defense he does the same thing to offenses. He can rush the passer he can play in coverage. You can move him all over the place. So I think versatile players that are smart that have the ability to have production in a lot of ways they give you a lot of different things they can do defensively.”

Matthews thought the fit with the Rams would be ideal for him as well. He’ll get a chance to pair with Dante Fowler, Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald on the Rams defensive line.

17 responses to “Sean McVay excited by versatility of Clay Matthews

  1. Uh, that was last year. He is a liability in pass coverage, thus he is strictly an outside pass rusher. That’s fine except you have everybody rushing the passer and nobody playing the run. GB tried to play him inside and he wasn’t very effective. I think LA would have been wiser to get a down lineman and an inside backer instead of Clay.

  2. This is a savy signing that makes a lot of sense. Clay heading back out west was the cherry on top. I want to believe that he will revitalize in Los Angeles and probably have a very productive year next year. Him next to Aaron Donald will create some problems for offenses.

  3. Yeah Sean, I was also excited about Clay’s versatility and skills in 2009-16.

    The problem is that it is 2019. While I can still enjoy the memories of Clay at his peak, I am glad the Pack are moving forward and not hurting the current roster by paying players for nostalgia.

    #TitleTown

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation

  4. Very versatile. Not only is he bad in coverage, he’s also not much against the run, and he’s never getting a sack.

  5. Fabio hasn’t been effective for at least 5 years as a pass rusher. He never has been a good linebacker. NFCN teams would run directly at him.
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    He had 11 sacks in 2014.. 4 years ago

    He was an All-Pro in 2010. So he was obviously a good LB. Albeit 9 years ago….

    He was really solid when the Packers played him inside. I think he could have been an A-level player there, but the Packers had no pass rushers whatsoever so that wasn’t an option.

    .. I hope he has a rebirth in LA. I really enjoyed watching this guy over the years. He’s easy to root for. Well, outside of the fact that he routinely runs himself out of plays. That was maddening.

  6. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 29, 2019 at 11:48 am
    Sean McVay is the coach Packer leadership is dreaming about. We will see if their dreams are warranted if he can get out of matthews what Green Bay could not.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    From everything I read, nobody dreams about McVay more than you.

  7. All these naysayers forget how long his father played. He’ll challenge himself. At least he never needed to miss games because of mental instability, like a certain purple 4-3 did last season.

  8. According to nfl.com, clay never recorded more than 66 combined tackles in a year. Since Stella told us that is how you rank linebackers, he is much worse than I thought even in his prime. Meanwhile Briggs, Urlacher, Greenway, EJ Henderson were getting double that. I guess Matthews is lucky that Stella wasn’t a talent evaluator or he would have been cut.

  9. milkcan44 says:
    March 30, 2019 at 5:38 pm
    All these naysayers forget how long his father played. He’ll challenge himself. At least he never needed to miss games because of mental instability, like a certain purple 4-3 did last season.
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    Even with the missed time Griffen had more sacks that Matthews.

  10. I guess Matthews is lucky that Stella wasn’t a talent evaluator or he would have been cut.
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    Judging talent equates to reading lists for Packer fans, they are that limited.

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