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Former Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews Lobbies For Job Review Calls: ‘I’d Like To Be An NFL Employee’


NFL officials have come under fire for how they handled roughing calls to the passer during the 2022 season, and Thursday night’s game between the 49ers and Seahawks only added to the controversy.

In the third quarter of the game, defensive end Nick Bosa pressured Seattle quarterback Geno Smith, who threw what appeared to be an interception.

But Bosa was called for roughing the passer, which negated the interception. The defensive lineman tackled Smith as Smith passed.

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews stretches during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on July 30, 2015.
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In a matter of minutes, San Francisco went from celebrating an interception defensive touchdown to trying to understand why an umpire flagged the play.

The call was a pivotal point in what ended up being a one-score game.

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The application of the passer roughing penalty has been widely debated all season. Troy Vincent, the The NFL’s executive vice president of football operations recently said the league would consider reviewing the roughing calls at some point in the future.

Grady Jarrett (97) of the Atlanta Falcons fires Tom Brady (12) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium on October 9, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

Grady Jarrett (97) of the Atlanta Falcons fires Tom Brady (12) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium on October 9, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Matthews offered his services to the NFL to review rude calls.

“I’d like to be employed by the NFL as the replay official for all passer penalties. Put me in New York. I wouldn’t go wrong on a call!” Matthews wrote on Twitter.

The possibility of revisiting passer roughing penalties was discussed at an NFL owners meeting this week.

Matthews has a lot of experience facing quarterbacks. He played with the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams during his 11-year NFL career. The six-time Pro-Bowler recorded 91½ sacks and 130 tackles for loss.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) hits Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) during a game.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) hits Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) during a game.
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Vincent has said roughing calls to the passer are down 62% since last season.

As of week 14, there have been 76 passer roughing penalties this season.

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Any potential changes to the roughing rule would have to be voted on at the owners meeting in March.



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