Three days after the fact, Titletown is still fuming about the roughing the passer call on Clay Matthews that - depending on how you look at it - cost the Packers a win against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. If you can't hit the QB the way Matthews did, what can you do?
"I know we joke but put flags on them," Matthews smirked. "We're getting pretty close to that."
"What are you going to do, call the league up, say a bunch of bad words to make yourself feel good? That doesn't work, trust me that's been tried by a lot of people over the years."
- McCarthy on Matthews RTP penalty pic.twitter.com/4ufCQbqS9x
— Chris Barriere (@chrisbarriereTV) September 19, 2018
Of course, the Matthews hit on Kirk Cousins wasn't the only roughing the passer call in question on Sunday. In the second quarter, Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was flagged for roughing the passer on Aaron Rodgers, a call that even Rodgers himself couldn't defend.
"I don't know many quarterbacks who want those calls," Rodgers said. The one on me, I don't think that's roughing the passer either. What do you say to Clay? His head is out of it, his hand is on the ground, that's not roughing the passer. Same thing with Kendricks, what do you say to him on that? I didn't get up off the ground thinking, 'Where's the penalty?' I saw a late flag and couldn't believe there was a penalty on the play."