Discussion Board
Welcome Guest! You can login or register. Login or Register.

Options
Go to last post Go to first unread
MintBaconDrivel  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:00:30 PM(UTC)
Jason Wilde said:
GREEN BAY — On a night full of unforgettable moments, it is still the most goosebump-creating, spine-tingling sequence of them all. Nick Collins' interception return for a touchdown, Greg Jennings' clutch third-down catch, any one of Aaron Rodgers' pinpoint throws — they all combined to deliver the Lombardi Trophy to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

But it is in the minutes between the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter, in the exchange between outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene and outside linebacker Clay Matthews, and on the first play of the final quarter, when Matthews wallops Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall to force a tide-turning turnover, that the game may very well have been decided.

After all, a 21-3 lead had gone up in smoke, the team's emotional defensive leader, Charles Woodson, had been lost to a broken collarbone, and the Packers were on the ropes.

"Everybody looks up to 'Wood' as a leader. He is gone," Greene can be heard exhorting Matthews. "Nobody's (expletive) standing up and (expletive) rallying the troops. It … is … time. It is time."

Packers fans know full well what happened next: On second-and-2 from the Packers' 33-yard line, Matthews read the play pre-snap, came up and drilled Mendenhall, forcing a fumble that Desmond Bishop recovered. The Packers took the ball and pushed their lead to 28-17 with a touchdown drive, and while there were still tense moments to come, the Packers were back in control. (The sequence occurs at roughly the 38-minute mark in the NFL Network broadcast of America's Game below.)

YOUTUBE

"In my opinion, it ranks as the most important play in the Super Bowl," Rodgers says in the documentary.

Fast forward to today, and Greene's words again ring true. "Wood" is once again gone, having been released by the team on Feb. 15. The Packers defense, having been thoroughly dominated in surrendering a stunning 579 yards to Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers in a season-ending NFC Divisional Playoff loss, are again looking for someone who will stand up and rally the troops.

Matthews was only a second-year player at the time of his Super Bowl-turning play. Now, he's entering his fifth NFL season, just signed a five-year, $66 million extension and is the defense's unquestioned star.

It … is … time … for Matthews to be that leader again.

"I think it's just the natural progression of leadership on this team. Obviously the more comfortable I am in this scheme and the longer I'm here, the longer tenured I am, the more I have to take that leadership opportunity. Especially in light of all that has happened in the offseason with Charles Woodson departing, the new contract," Matthews said. "(With the Packers) showing trust in my leadership and ability on the field, you're going to see that. Especially in light of the last few years our defense. We're trying to turn it around and get this thing back to where we were when we had a Super Bowl run."

Matthews missed four games last season — the Packers went 3-1 in those games, beating Detroit (twice) and Minnesota while losing to the New York Giants — with the chronic hamstring problem that has plagued him since he entered the league. But before last year, he'd missed just two games because of the hamstring; when he pulled it against Arizona on Nov. 4, however, it was more severe than previous instances. The coaches also appeared to take a calculated risk and wait longer to bring him back than maybe they would have at a different point in the schedule.

Nevertheless, Matthews still finished fifth in the NFL in regular-season sacks (13.0), and in 877 total snaps (including playoffs), he finished with 72 tackles, 16 sacks, five pass breakups, two fumbles forced and a fumble recovery. Now, the Packers need him not only to be even more productive, but to stay healthy enough to play all 16 games against a much more challenging regular-season schedule while also picking up that leadership mantle from Woodson, who's now in Oakland.

"You get more comfortable within the system being a leader. A lot of these young guys look up to you, especially having some personal success myself," Matthews said. "Kind of being appointed that guy — or at least self-appointed — I'm going to do everything I can to help this defense get to where we need to go and if that means being a little more vocal, running around having some fun then hopefully these guys follow."

Matthews certainly wasn't perfect last season — while now-departed Erik Walden looked the worst against the 49ers and their read-option scheme, Matthews didn't exactly drape himself in glory with his performance that night, either — but he's the one player on the defense that tilts the field in the Packers' favor. As the team looks to develop other players who do that, Matthews is the player the Packers defense simply cannot live without, regardless of that 3-1 record while he was sidelined last year.
DoddPower  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:04:35 PM(UTC)
So who's number 2?
User is suspended until 4/29/2043 11:56:55 PM(UTC) texaspackerbacker  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:56:47 PM(UTC)
DoddPower said: Go to Quoted Post
So who's number 2?


Yeah, you beat me to saying it. Also, who was #4?

Bigbyfan  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:04:52 PM(UTC)
DoddPower said: Go to Quoted Post
So who's number 2?


Jarrett Bush

nerdmann  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:32:53 PM(UTC)
DoddPower said: Go to Quoted Post
So who's number 2?


Number 2 is Aaron.

Number 1 is Mike.
OlHoss1884  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:58:38 PM(UTC)
texaspackerbacker said: Go to Quoted Post
Yeah, you beat me to saying it. Also, who was #4?




#4 was Tim Masthay. Will he be able to stand there cold all season with no kicking to do but still hold up as holder for 100 PAT attempts?

beast  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:24:46 PM(UTC)
DoddPower said: Go to Quoted Post
So who's number 2?


Bulaga
(unless they've already named him)

Somebody has to protect Rodgers blindside.

Zero2Cool  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:38:27 PM(UTC)
beast said: Go to Quoted Post
Bulaga
(unless they've already named him)

Somebody has to protect Rodgers blindside.



You been talking to MintBaconDrivel, eh?

No. 2: Bryan Bulaga, LT




I think Clay Matthews III being #3 is too high. I don't see his value to the Packers team being higher than 5.
yooperfan  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:01:05 PM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
You been talking to MintBaconDrivel, eh?

No. 2: Bryan Bulaga, LT




I think Clay Matthews III being #3 is too high. I don't see his value to the Packers team being higher than 5.


You gotta be shittin me!

DoddPower  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:23:24 PM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
You been talking to MintBaconDrivel, eh?

No. 2: Bryan Bulaga, LT




I think Clay Matthews III being #3 is too high. I don't see his value to the Packers team being higher than 5.


I would have guessed that, but I thought Bulaga had already been on the list. Perhaps I'm thinking about that one article that I was slamming for lacking substance. I'm obviously too lazy to go look through the list.

Rss Feed
Users browsing this topic
Guest
Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Notification

Icon
Error

Fan Shout
gbguy20 (26-May) : doesn't seem to have helped his cause much
Zero2Cool (25-May) : Aaron Rodgers spoke with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff at an airport telling him to sign Matt Ryan
Zero2Cool (25-May) : Rodgers said, "We don't know each other that well, but just get this deal done with Matt first so I can get on with my life."
Zero2Cool (25-May) : Isn't it Laurel after three tries?
wpr (25-May) : Yanny. If it takes 3 tries it isn't worth it
wpr (25-May) : Damnit. Bit in the butt by Auto correct
wpr (25-May) : When Gianni's pronounced it it sounded like"Tammy"
beast (25-May) : Nonstop got it correct, but when Giannis said it, the Ant-teh-toh comes out very quickly, which is said to sound very "inauthentic" when english speakers try to speed it up, but natural to native Yoru
beast (25-May) : I just read an article (with videos) on how to say it... I might be able to say it the English way, but no way I can pronounce it like Giannis himself did.
Nonstopdrivel (25-May) : Ant teh toh koonm po (roughly)
Zero2Cool (25-May) : well if it's not t hat hard to say, then ...
Nonstopdrivel (25-May) : Assuming the name is Greek, it's not t hat hard to say.
Zero2Cool (25-May) : I don't even try his last name lol
beast (25-May) : Richie Incognito told police he’s involved with the NSA, being tracked by government
beast (25-May) : Can people say Giannis Antetokounmpo's name correctly? :P
Zero2Cool (24-May) : Giannis Antetokounmpo earns All-NBA honors
Zero2Cool (24-May) : Brewers (31-19, .620), off to their best 50-game start in franchise history, own the best record in the National League
Zero2Cool (24-May) : says they shouldn't profit while anthem being played
Zero2Cool (24-May) : 49ers closing concessions during anthem.
Zero2Cool (24-May) : Muhammad Wilkerson's top reason for signing with Packers: 'Aaron Rodgers'
Zero2Cool (24-May) : 2.5lbs ones anyway ... anything else is just showing off
Zero2Cool (24-May) : I can throw dumbells too!
beast (23-May) : Richie Incognito is being held for an involuntary mental evaluation after he was accused of throwing a dumbbell at another person
Nonstopdrivel (23-May) : Weird, I thought they had parted ways with him already. Apparently he was just on IR.
Zero2Cool (23-May) : Packers expected to visit with veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis
DarkaneRules (23-May) : And whether any improvement will be enough to make the team.
DarkaneRules (23-May) : Goodson wasn't very good but it's been a while. He gets an opportunity to show how he's improved.
Zero2Cool (23-May) : I still say Goodson is trash.
Zero2Cool (23-May) : Aaron Rodgers brought up CB Demetri Goodson unprompted on Tuesday. "He's made some plays already during the two days (of OTAs)."
beast (23-May) : Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight‎
Zero2Cool (23-May) : VA2246M-LED
beast (22-May) : LB Mychal Kendricks anybody? ... good speed LB... and hoping he doesn't want to go play with his brother on the Vikings
Zero2Cool (22-May) : players picked from Nos. 1 to 21 in the first round receive fully guaranteed contracts.
beast (21-May) : Rumor is that Richie Incognito wants to retire, he just wanted to be released first so that he didn't have to play back any of his signing bonus.
Zero2Cool (21-May) : Bills have released G Richie Incognito -->>> ?? Packers?
Please sign in to use Fan Shout
2018 Packers Schedule
Sunday, Sep 9 @ 7:20 PM
BEARS
Sunday, Sep 16 @ 12:00 PM
VIKINGS
Sunday, Sep 23 @ 12:00 PM
Redskins
Sunday, Sep 30 @ 12:00 PM
BILLS
Sunday, Oct 7 @ 12:00 PM
Lions
Monday, Oct 15 @ 7:15 PM
49ERS
Sunday, Oct 28 @ 3:25 PM
Rams
Sunday, Nov 4 @ 7:20 PM
Patriots
Sunday, Nov 11 @ 12:00 PM
DOLPHINS
Thursday, Nov 15 @ 7:20 PM
Seahawks
Sunday, Nov 25 @ 7:20 PM
Vikings
Sunday, Dec 2 @ 12:00 PM
CARDINALS
Sunday, Dec 9 @ 12:00 PM
FALCONS
Sunday, Dec 16 @ 12:00 PM
Bears
Sunday, Dec 23 @ 12:00 PM
Jets
Sunday, Dec 30 @ 12:00 PM
LIONS
Think About It
Think About It
Recent Topics
3h / Green Bay Packers Talk / DarkaneRules

6h / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

8h / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

8h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Cheesey

8h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Cheesey

8h / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

21h / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

25-May / Green Bay Packers Talk / Nonstopdrivel

25-May / Random Babble / Nonstopdrivel

25-May / Green Bay Packers Talk / Nonstopdrivel

24-May / Green Bay Packers Talk / Nonstopdrivel

24-May / Green Bay Packers Talk / Cheesey

24-May / Green Bay Packers Talk / Cheesey

22-May / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

22-May / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

Headlines