Packers coach Mike McCarthy freaks out at referees after Clay Matthews called for another questionable roughing-the-passer penalty

  • Clay Matthews was flagged for roughing the passer on a questionable call for the third straight week.
  • Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was livid with the call and could be seen screaming at the referees after the play.
  • The penalties stem from new rules implemented by the NFL meant to better protect quarterbacks.

 

No player has struggled more with the NFL's new rules intended to protect quarterbacks than Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

In Green Bay's first two games of the season, Matthews has been flagged for roughing the passer on plays that many would consider standard tackles, including a critical call last weekend against the Vikings that helped Minnesota steal a tie from the Packers.

This week, it happened once again. 

Seen here, Matthews is just finishing the play, but according to the new rules, it is still a penalty because Matthews landed "with all or most of the defender's weight" on the quarterback.

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LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) is tackled by Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) who was called for roughing the passer in the fourth quarter on September 23, 2018, at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. The Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers, 31-17. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the third quarter at FedEx Field. Matthews received a roughing the passer penalty on the play. The Redskins won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the third quarter at FedEx Field. Matthews received a roughing the passer penalty on the play. The Redskins won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) in the third quarter at FedEx Field. Matthews received a roughing the passer penalty on the play. The Redskins won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) reacts after being called for a personal foul roughing the passer on a sack of Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) during third quarter action at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) reacts after Matthews was called for a roughing the passer penalty in the fourth quarter on September 23, 2018, at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. The Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers, 31-17. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after being called for a penalty in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 23, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) reacts after being called for a personal foul against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL was quick to defend the decision on Twitter.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was livid and could be seen on the sideline laying into officials about the call.

On Twitter, the general sentiment seemed to be that McCarthy was right to be mad.

Regardless of McCarthy's feelings on the call, it's a new reality of the league as the NFL attempts to do a better job at protecting quarterbacks. Matthews is going to have to make some adjustments soon or be further frustrated by penalties.

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