Uproxx- In both games, the Packers lost because their opponent won the coin toss heading into overtime, got the ball, and scored a touchdown in the extra frame’s only drive. This is where Matthews’ beef lies – he thinks it’s an indictment of the league’s overtime format that one team didn’t even get the chance to score.
“Let’s go college rules. Just put us on the 25 or whatever it is and let us go at it,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said when asked if the rule should be reexamined. “But I don’t know. I’m sure it’ll be talked about. It sucks that we don’t have an opportunity."
As much as I think it's ridiculous for a member of a team that needed the help of a successful hail mary just to get to overtime to complain about what happens in overtime, I kind of understand it. The Packers have now gotten bounced from the playoffs in overtime in consecutive years without getting one single possession. I don't exactly think that's a valid reason to change the rules, but then again I wasn't repeatedly the victim of said rules. That's why my problem with this statement isn't the thought process behind it, but the person whose mouth it came out of.
Hey Clay, you DID have an opportunity. You know why? Because you play defense. You failed at your opportunity so your superstar quarterback didn't get his. If anyone has the right to complain then it's Aaron Rodgers, not the guy that's supposed to be the leader of the unit that left one of the best wide receivers in NFL history running uncovered in his secondary. As long as we are in the process of making arbitrary rules then I think I'll give it a shot as well. Any team that leaves Larry Fitzgerald standing alone - dick in hand - with the game on the line not only doesn't deserve to win, but doesn't even deserve to be granted a chance to tie. Unless you're the kid from 'Big Daddy' playing card games or my brother playing drinking games you don't just get to change the rules whenever you lose. If Clay Matthews did his job then we aren't even having this conversation. He needs to take responsibility for that instead of trying to create ways to make his job easier.