All this week, I am hearing on sports talk shows that Clay Matthews is a dirty player. I don’t believe he is a dirty player. One play doesn’t make a dirty player. Suh a defensive lineman for the Lions is a dirty player. Suh continues to make dirty plays every season. Suh dirty play on a Minnesota offensive lineman this weekend was a dirty play. He was fined by the NFL today $100,000.
Clay Matthews admitted it was a stupid play. A dirty play, you could argue that. I think it was a genius play and here’s why.
What makes a football or any sports team for that matter great? When a team believes that it’s us against the world. Then there are no more individuals it’s a real team. Or the cliché, it’s like a family. You can call your brother or sister names. But, if someone else does they’re in big trouble.
Matthews with that hit sent a message to his teammates. I am going to do anything possible to get you guys fired up. Teammates might not agree with his hit. But Harbaugh said in press conference. That coaches, players, and staff of the Packers got involved in the fight between Matthews and Staley. I watched the game again and saw the Packers not backing down. The message is being sent early in the season to the other teams, the Packers are not soft anymore.
The other thing the Matthews hit did was bring the hunger back to the Pack. Aaron Rodgers said in his last podcast on ESPN Wisconsin.com that the Packers didn’t have the hunger that they did in their Super bowl season. A great example was when Randall Cobb got hit hard a couple of times. He got back up and got in the San Francisco defender’s face. A player that’s not hungry would have just gone back to the huddle without event.
Clay Matthews hit was stupid, and possibly dirty. Matthews sent a message to his team mates, and to other NFL teams that the Pack is no longer a finesse team. That the Packers are hungry to fight for another Super bowl Championship.