Matthews comes through from all sides and angles : Packers Insider

Matthews comes through from all sides and angles

September 13, 2010 by  
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Sept 13, 2010 ~ by Jason Wilde

~PHILADELPHIA – The smile on Dom Capers’ face was all the answer you needed.

The Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator had just been asked if he actually thought that second-year outside linebacker Clay Matthews, after missing all four preseason games with a hamstring suffered in the Aug. 7 Family Night Scrimmage, could have the kind of impact that he had in Sunday’s 27-20 season-opening victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.  

“I really like it, because for a guy – I’m not trying to sound bad – but with the talents that I possess, I feel like I can bring a different look from wherever I’m coming from.” Matthews said. “I was able to do that a couple times and get a few quarterback pressures off that. Wherever they want to put me, I’m going to try my hardest and hopefully it pays off."

 “I did. I did,” Capers replied after watching Matthews register a pair of sacks, knock starting quarterback Kevin Kolb out of the game, make a team-high seven tackles and – oh, yeah – come up with the most important stop of the game, stuffing Michael Vick on a victory-clinching fourth-and-1 sneak. (He also dropped a potential interception.) “Clay’s Clay.” 

And that’s pretty darn good. 

“He made some really big plays tonight – the biggest one being the fourth-and-1, where he comes down and used up two blockers (and tackled Vick),” Capers continued. “You’ve heard me say before that big players influence the game, with two, three, four plays that make the difference. And I think he certainly did that tonight.

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