Clay Matthews couldn't resist taking a shot at Jay Cutler.
The Packers linebacker went full Charles Woodson — "Same old Jay" — when he hopped on the Rich Eisen Show on NFL Network Tuesday night:
“Listen, I always enjoyed playing against Jay,” Matthews said. “Obviously, he rubbed some fans the wrong way. I know people get on him about his nonchalant attitude, but I always enjoyed playing against him. I’m glad I got a lot of sacks against him. I’ll miss that the most. But hopefully the next in line in Chicago will be as equally willing to help me pad my stats.”
Now, Matthews does have more sacks — 8.5 — against Cutler than any other quarterback. That makes sense given the entire time Matthews has been in the NFL, Cutler has been the starting QB for a team in the Packers' division, meaning Matthews has had two chances a year to tee off on Cutler.
But Matthews' statement on "padding stats" also is curious given he hasn't had much success against Cutler or the Bears lately.
Matthews has 11.5 sacks the last two seasons...none of which came against the Bears.
In fact, the 31-year-old pass-rusher has just one sack against the Bears since 2013, and that came on Nov. 9, 2014, a fact Aaron Leming pointed out on Twitter:
That's five straight games against the Bears in which Matthews has not had a sack, though he's also been palying inside linebacker more and rushing the passer from the outside less due to injuries.
Still, Clay Matthews getting owned on Twitter is a great way to make a Bears fan's day.
The NFL calendar takes no prisoners, which makes the precious off week hours valuable for, you know, peace of mind. Go outside and read a book! Stay inside and read a book! The Bears will provide you ample opportunities to yell at them for the next 11 consecutive weeks, so there's no point in getting worked up over today's football, right?
Right! So what Bears fans did is they went and got worked up over today's football. Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson -- both of which, you may have heard, were available to Ryan Pace during the 2017 NFL draft -- played one another for the first time in their pro careers, and it was magnificent:
This of course did NOT go over well on BearsTwitter, which is weird because usually Twitter is such an appreciative and understanding place. You know how they say that are only six types of storytelling? The same thing applies to Tweets.
There are Angry Tweets:
There are Sad Tweets:
There are Trolling Tweets:
And finally there are Over-Written Tweets That Love The Dramatic Standalone Final Punchline:
Hope everyone's enjoying their peaceful week off!
We must be a long ways off from another Packers game, because Aaron Rodgers is saying nice things about Bears players right now.
Talking to The Athletic's Dan Pompei for a wide-ranging piece on Lance Briggs, Rodgers had only great things to say about the Bears' legend:
“When I think about outside linebackers, I think about Lance,” he told me. “When I compare him to other guys who started for a long time over the years in those spots with other teams, especially division teams, there is just no comparison. Sean Lee had a good run for a long time as a weakside ‘backer. But I think Lance was definitely more dominant and more impactful and did more.”
Rodgers goes on to call for Briggs' inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which figures to be a commonly-held opinion now that the league-mandated five year waiting period has passed.
Rodgers wasn't the only great player to weigh in on Briggs' talent. Pompei talked with Steve Hutchinson, Rod Marinelli, Ron Rivera, and Brian Urlacher. The latter even gave his best Retired NFL Player Opinion:
“Some of the hits he had were unbelievable,” Urlacher says. “He couldn’t even play in today’s game. Too physical.”
If you're a Bears' fan jonesing for a trip down memory lane while on the bye week, Pompei's piece is a good place to start.