In 2009, as a rookie, Matthews tied for 11th in the league with 10 sacks. He also forced 1 fumble, had 3 fumble recoveries and famously scored a TD after astutely prying the ball right out of the hands of an unsuspecting Vikings player (wasn’t it Adrian Peterson?). Statistically, he was phenomenal not just for a rookie but for any LB (and that’s not even including hurries, pressures, other tackles for loss, 4th down stops, and overall disruption etc).
This year, he is already off to a huge start with 6 sacks and a forced fumble in 2 games. It is rare for anyone at any position, to EVER have 6 sacks in 2 games. These stats of course don’t include the huge numbers of hurries and pressures he’s had already – or even the great 4th down stop on Michael Vick. He has been all over the place contributing way more than most LBs in the NFL.
I know that there are people who don’t like to get too excited about stuff and like to temper excitement with words of “wise caution”. Essentially, these people almost enjoy pooping on the excitement of others. Well, if you’re one of these people, I’m not in your camp when when it comes to Clay Matthews. I’m posting this today because I have settled on the conclusion that Clay Matthews is out of control good. And frankly, we need to prepare ourselves for national talk of Defensive Player of the Year honors, for sack leader talk, for Reggie White comparisons, for opposing offenses rearranging entire game plans to avoid the guy, etc, etc, etc. There will be talk about how teams will be trying to double and even triple team him – which of course will only 1) limit their offensive playcalling; 2) not really help because he’ll still get to the QB and 3) open the door for other Packers to sack the QB. I’m not building hype here, I am simply trying to prepare Packer Nation for a national outbreak of Clay Matthews Fever.
Clay Matthews is THAT good.