Clay Matthews wanted to ‘be that guy’
13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Get Sports Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: NFL , Clay Matthews , Clay Matthews Packers , Green Bay Packers , Clay Matthews Cameras Locker Room , Clay Matthews Locker Room Cameras , Green Bay Packers , Sports News Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews is “not a fan” of television cameras in NFL locker rooms. Referring to the locker room as “our one sanctuary,” the four-time Pro Bowler told USA Today Sports that installing TV cameras is an invasion of the players’ privacy. “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue,” Matthews told USA Today Sports . “I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars.” In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms.
Clay Matthews calls on young defenders to rise up
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Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews in favor of HGH testing
Adam Schein and Peter Schrager take sides. Rivalry Rants So, where are the sacks? Matthews and Greene know thats what fans expect, especially after the former notched 17 of them on Green Bays run to winning Super Bowl XLV. Such heroics combined with his trademark sack celebration and the distinguishing long blond hair that flows out of his helmet helped Matthews land a slew of commercial endorsements this offseason. While those advertisements have raised his public profile, theyve elevated on-field expectations for the Clay-maker even higher. Thats the nature of the beast, Matthews told FOXSports.com after practice Friday. If youre going to be putting yourself out there and having fun in regards to the media and television, you better make sure youre handling your business on the field. That has been the case yet the fans want to see what each commercial entails: blowing (quarterbacks) up. The fact Green Bays overall pass defense has sometimes blown hot air the group ranks 31st in the NFL in total yards allowed has fostered even more scrutiny. Thats what made a 45-7 rout of the Vikings so important as far as taking some outside pressure off Matthews and the entire unit. WHAT A TRIP Take a look at the up-and-down career of Donovan McNabb. We needed it, Packers inside linebacker Desmond Bishop said.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras
Yet, within the confines of the Green Bay locker room, the 27-year-old Los Angeles native, who inked a five-year, $65 million contract extension in April, conceded that he is also prepared to become the face of the teams defense. A defense which, ultimately, ended the 2012 campaign on a more than somber note on the heels of Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers hanging 45 points and 579 yards of total offense on the two-time NFC North champions in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 12. Absolutely, I think so, cited Matthews, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, on Monday in respect to assuming a more expanded leadership role this season on The Jim Rome Show. I think its time I rise up and show these guys through example, and I think Ive been doing that the last couple of years. In turn, Matthews, selected by the Packers in the first round (26th overall) in the 2009 NFL draft out of USC, acknowledged that while he is expecting to increase his level of performance atop the gridiron this season, he expects his colleaguesregardless of league tenureto carry their weight each week as well. Its time for these young guys to step up and fill that void, continued Matthews, in reference to the departure of former team captain and veteran cornerback Charles Woodson , who was released by the organization in February following a seven-year run in Titletown, in his interview with Rome. “Theres no excuses as to whos going to make the plays. I know that Ill be called upon each and every game, but its time for the rookies and second and third-year players to continue to rise up. Theres no time for just veterans to make plays or playmakers to continue to make their plays.
Packers’ Clay Matthews: Vikings’ Adrian Peterson won’t rush for 200 yards again
“I’m not a fan of that, and I’m not afraid to say that,” the Green Bay Packers star linebacker told USA TODAY Sports. “The availability of the athletes is already so great to fans, the organization and the media, but now to add the locker room our one sanctuary, which is even taken over by the media and now you throw in cameras? “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue. I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars. I’m not a fan of it.” Cameras will be installed in each home team’s locker room to provide video (but no audio) that can be shown on stadium videoboards and through in-stadium wireless applications. While it’s reflective of the league’s ever-growing reach, the behind-the-scenes peek flows from a marketing plan to offer more bang for the buck for fans who attend games at the stadiums. What do you think of this idea?
Clay Matthews “absolutely” ready to lead Packers defense
Updated: April 17, 2013 at 10:27 p.m. Friend(s) Email Clay Matthews will be wedded to the Green Bay Packers for years to come. Clay Matthews through the years Take a look at the best photos of Clay Matthews . NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport first reported Wednesday that the Packers and the All-Pro outside linebacker have forged a long-term contract extension. No terms were announced by the team, but NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported the deal as a five-year extension worth $66 million. Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract Wednesday. The Packers later confirmed the signing, and coach Mike McCarthy praised his young linebacker. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success.
Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers reach extension
He had seven runs of at least 10 yards, and four of at least 20. Even if Ponder played perhaps the best game of his career against the Packers last weekend, there is little question Green Bay’s focus remains on Peterson. The Packers spent time working on tackling drills last week to prepare for Peterson, who still wound up gaining 189 of his yards after contact, according to stats from Pro Football Focus. Matthews and Co. are determined not to have a repeat performance. PHOTOS: Memorable wild-card moments Terrell Owens (pictured) had a case of the dropsies all day during a 1998 NFC Wild Card game, but Steve Young didn’t give up on him. With the 49ers needing a touchdown, Young threw over the middle to Owens, who caught the game-winning 25-yard touchdown sandwiched between two Packers defenders for a 30-27 win. Susan Ragan, AP Fullscreen The game needs no explanation, really. It’s known simply as “The Comeback”. Down 32 points, the Bills, led by backup quarterback Frank Reich (14), pulled off the greatest comeback in NFL history to defeat the Oilers 41-38 in overtime of a 1992 AFC Wild Card game. There hasn’t been a game like it since. Rick Stewart, Getty Images Fullscreen It’s one of the few plays in NFL history with it’s own name: “The Music City Miracle”. In a 1999 AFC Wild Card game, Frank Wychek took the ball on a kickoff and lateraled it (or did he?) to Kevin Dyson (pictured), who returned it for a touchdown in the final seconds to give the Titans a 22-16 win over the Bills.
Matthews’ numbers don’t tell the truth
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and outside linebacker Clay Matthews both spoke highly in favor of the NFL and the NFL Players Association coming together to finalize an agreement to test for human growth hormone. “I’ve been in favor of that for a long time now,” Matthews said Saturday in the locker room. “I’m glad it looks like we’re finally taking steps in the right direction to even the playing field. I know a lot of players have come out in favor of it. I’m looking forward to it.” Matthews’ father played 19 seasons in the NFL from 1978-1996 and shared some perspective with his son about the topic. “Speaking to my father about it when he played and they leveled the playing field back in the day, it’s always interesting to see the players who maintain their level of play and those who fall off,” Matthews said. “I also think it’s a step in the right direction in regard to sports in general.” Since the NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect two years ago, implementing a policy for HGH testing became only a matter of time. With so many of the league’s best players — including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson — publicly supporting it recently, the process could be sped up. “I think leveling the playing field is very important,” Rodgers said Friday. “I know when the new CBA got signed that was one of the important things that they were trying to work through and it seems like we’re now taking some action steps towards that. Anything that cleans the game up I think is great, not only for the players but for the fans and the example that we set for young players.” Matthews wouldn’t comment specifically when asked if he and his teammates wonder which players across the league use HGH.
Packers make Clay Matthews the highest paid linebacker
It won’t be clear how much Matthews counts against the salary cap until full details of the contract become available. NFL Network reported that Matthews would make $28 million in the next calendar year, which includes the start of the 2014 football year when he’s expected to receive a large roster bonus or escalator. ESPN reported that Matthews would make $23 million this season but did not say how much would be prorated over the length of the deal. Matthews, a first-round pick from USC in 2009, will be 32 when the deal expires, so there’s no reason to believe he has topped out. In fact, he said that despite having 42 sacks in four years and showing to be as good defending the run as rushing the passer, he can improve a lot. “You know, I wasn’t a pass-rusher at SC; I had one year and a half a year at that of rushing the quarterback, so I’m still developing,” he said. “It’s funny how in 2012, I thought I had my best year. “And during this last year, I went back and watched that, and I think I’m light years ahead of where I was that year. And it’s been like that every year. Yeah, it’s going to continue.
Matthews had three sacks in the game. “Off the field, he’s a man,” Packers linebacker Frank Zombo says. “And when he’s on the field, he’s an animal. He’s a leader in the locker room, and he’s definitely someone us young linebackers can look up to.” Zombo is reminded that Matthews is just a year older than him. The rookie says he knows that. Matthews just seems so much older. Life moves fast in the NFL. And Matthews needs a breather every now and then. On Sunday, after fighting off roughly 600 pounds of double-teams, he finally blew past the left tackle and notched his seventh sack of the season, rekindling the talk in Green Bay that Matthews just might break the all-time single-season sack record (22 by Michael Strahan ).