Wynn was just cut by the Saints to make room for Ladell Betts. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Pack picked up Wynn again considering he could help on special teams and he knows the offense. Of note: I noticed when they flashed the camera on Wynn Monday night during the Saints game, that he looked a bit more fit than he usually does.
Archive for September, 2010
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.
The Redskins just released him after a fairly lackluster few months. (Of course, not sure anyone could run behind that line – Portis has been equally awful). Not sure I’d be too pumped about picking up Johnson at this point mostly because he’s slowed down a lot and just isn’t the same guy who was so good a few years back. That said, having a veteran who could come in and likely not screw up – to essentially stabilize what is a shaky RB group at the moment, might not be a bad idea.
He has had at least 4-5 iffy passes today and he had several last week too. Not sure what is going on there. He has had some a couple great throws too (like that beautiful pass/catch with Finley when Finley may that over-the-shoulder catch). But I’m commenting on this simply because it’s so uncharacteristic for Rodgers’ to throw anything but nearly perfect throws.
(Ok, I’m bored).
He is so good it’s unbelievable. He just gets around guys – and it doesn’t matter who or which side. He just goes around people and closes on the QB quicker, faster, stronger than any other player in the league (with the possible exception of DeMarcus Ware – but that’s great company). Unreal.
I’ve noticed that Buffalo is definitely setting up most plays to defend the pass – not concerned at all re the run. And why should they be? I suppose they figure if a run is called, they can close easily to get Jackson. Right now, we have 39 yards rushing on 11 carries – and 13 of those yards have come from 2 of Rodgers’ scrambles. Jackson has 9 for 26 right now – not good.
(Though nice hit right there from Collins.) Buff clearly wants to keep the ball out of Rodgers’ hands and the best way to do that is to grind away on the ground. We need to dictate the pace of this game, not have the pace dictated to us. Come on now.