Ed Hochuli weighs in on Clay Matthews
Calling it a “textbook” case of roughing, Hochuli said that the hit by Matthews falls squarely within the point of emphasis regarding the roughing passer foul, as it relates to the placement of all or most of the defender’s body weight on the passer.
“They’ve been calling it this way for six weeks,” Hochuli said. “It’s as clear of an example of roughing the passer as you could have.”
So what should Matthews have done differently? Hochuli said that the solution is simple. Matthews had two steps before hitting Smith. The league expects Matthews in that situation to hit him and roll to the side, landing with Matthews’ body weight on the ground, not on the passer.
Clay just doesn’t want to understand the rules. Can’t put all your body weight on a QB during a sack. That’s what knocked Aaron Rodgers out of the 2017 season. Go watch the hit that resulted in this rule.