Matthews disputes call

Roughing the passer was "a bad call"

Mike Clemens
September 19, 2018 - 8:32 pm

Green Bay, WI - Clay Matthews was still at a loss Wednesday as to how he is supposed to do his job - that is, pressure or sack the quarterback.

The Packers linebacker spoke with the media and said even the Vikings think he got stuck with a raw deal Sunday.  

So far, there have been 21 roughing the passer penalties in the NFL through two weeks.  The Packers defense is leading the way with four for -52 yards.

There was 1:45 left in regulation and Minnesota trailing 29-21, Kirk Cousins threw an interception caught by Packers rookie Jaire Alexander that would have sealed a Packers win, only to have it negated by a roughing the passer call on Matthews.

Matthews said it was a "terrible call." Even Cousins said it was "probably a generous call, and two or three years ago, it probably doesn't get flagged."

Referee Tony Corrente, who officiated Sunday's Packers vs. Vikings game told a pool reporter Matthews was flagged because he "lifted (Cousins) and drove him to the ground." Officials also have been penalizing tacklers for putting their full body weight on quarterbacks rather than rolling off after a hit.


Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that second year safety Josh Jones is making progress and could return to the practice field this week. Jones has missed the first two games with an ankle injury. McCarthy also said he doubts cornerback Kevin King will be able to play Sunday against the Redskins, due to a groin injury he suffered against the Vikings. But McCarthy said he thinks the injury is "short term."