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Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is much improved

Second-year Green Bay outside linebacker Clay Matthews leads the NFL in sacks with seven.

Matthews had three sacks in each of the Packers' first two games, and his strong performance is among the reasons the Packers are tied for the NFL lead with 16 sacks. Matthews had 10 sacks as a rookie and made the Pro Bowl, and he has definitely improved, the Packers say.

"I think he's pretty good," Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's off to a good start. He definitely has progressed, physically, from Year 1 to Year 2.

"He has a much better understanding and command of the position. I think we're doing a good job of moving Clay around, trying to create some problems for our opponents. He's obviously off to a good start statistically."

Although Matthews, who attended USC, and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who attended Cal, were former Pacific-10 Conference rivals, Rodgers nonetheless appreciates what Matthews has done for the Packers.

"Clay is a big part of our success on defense and our team's success," Rodgers said. "The way that he can take a game over and change the dynamics of an opposing team's offensive game plan, just because you've got to figure out a way to block that guy, and he's a guy who comes every play. He's done a great job for us. He's been a good locker-room guy, a good teammate.

"You know, it's tough to pull for a USC guy, but he's definitely become one of my better friends on the team and a guy you can count on, week in and week out, to bring his best effort and be a game-changer for us. He's a guy, I think, who's just tapping into his potential. And if he can stay healthy, he's going to have a long and very successful career for us."

By Jason Reid  | October 10, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
 
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I've never been an every day commenter on RI, there are too many knuckleheads over there. That said, your theory that I am too "embarrassed" to post comments is pretty rich. There's only a few problems with this otherwise rock solid theory. 1) Though I haven't been an every day commenter on RI in a few years, I did post some comments there quite recently 2) I never defended Sherman Lewis. 3) Ditto for Jim Zorn. 4) My only defense of Vinny over the years was that he had an eye for talent. I still think he does and am not afraid to say it. 5) Just because Shanny cut people doesn't necessarily mean he was right about those players. 6) Look at where the guys he has dumped have ended up: Mitchell is with the Vikings. Rinehart is with the Jets. Tryon is with the Colts. And Devin Thomas will have his choice of several teams.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 9, 2010 8:26 PM (on DC Sports Bog)

Classic. Just classic, Barno1.

Don't forget Scott Campbell, director of player personnel during the Vinny years that you so yearn for. He oversaw the mid-late rounds of the draft and undrafted free agent talent, which could explain Chris Horton, Kareem Moore, and Lorenzo Alexander.

D. Thomas, M. Kelly, and Fred Davis were all Cerrato. I love how you stick up for D. Thomas despite his never showing much! I think it's a huge indictment of Thomas that he could not catch on here (get it?) despite the huge need for a number 2 receiver behind Moss.

And your defense of Cerrato implies a defense of the past front office structure, which is also just classic on your part. Keep yearning for the year of 4-12, baby!

Posted by: hithere1 | October 10, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Matthews single-handedly CRUSHED the Eagles..Be fleet of feet, Donovan..

All I gotta say is , THANK GOD ITS SUNDAY AND A ONE OCLOCK GAME..Finally..

Posted by: frak | October 10, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Someone tell barno that the great MMitchell is no longer with the Vikings but like his outlook for DT, MM has his choice of 32 teams to play for.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 10, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The whole problem with Barno is he should be embarrassed but he isn't.

Posted by: mack1 | October 10, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

And Devin Thomas will have his choice of several teams.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 9, 2010 8:26 PM

I agree, here's the preliminary list:

Florida Tuskers
Hartford Colonials
Las Vegas Locomotives
Omaha Nighthawks
Sacramento Mountain Lions

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I agree, here's the preliminary list:

Florida Tuskers
Hartford Colonials
Las Vegas Locomotives
Omaha Nighthawks
Sacramento Mountain Lions

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 10, 2010 9:58 AM |

Wasn't Joey T just named president of one of these teams thats his best shot.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 10, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't Joey T just named president of one of these teams thats his best shot.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 10, 2010 10:07 AM

Florida Tuskers

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The stone houses proverb dude yesterday really gave me a chuckle. In his honor I have come up with a few more butchered pieces of sage advice to live by:


Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we will eat and drink and be even more merry.

Fight fire with a call to 911

Good fences make it hard to see your neighbor's wife sunbathing topless

If you can't stand the heat turn up the AC

Don't count your chickens unless you don't know how many you have

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 10, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Why has no one judged This year's draft class....save for TWill...it's looking pretty thin.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 10, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse


not one post from bean about DT11 = coward

Posted by: hessone | October 10, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Tee it up and kick it already.

There's nothing else to say.

Posted by: edvar | October 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

not one post from bean about DT11 = coward

Posted by: hessone | October 10, 2010 10:30 AM

He's grieving. Our thoughts should be with him.

Posted by: mack1 | October 10, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse


He's grieving. Our thoughts should be with him.

Posted by: mack1 | October 10, 2010 10:36 AM |

copy that. I love ribbing bean, I get a kick out of him. He's a good redskin fan.

Posted by: hessone | October 10, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Gameday! Woooooooo!

Caps blowout last night and Redskins today!

Something tells me we'll be in for a surprise again this week. Beating the Eagles was a rallying game. The Redskins will start turning heads in the league beginning with Torain's first start. One huge benefit the Redskins have: Green Bay is one-dimensional without Ryan Grant; however, this isn't Kolb. Aaron Rodgers could potentially tear us apart. Bad passes will happen in a heavy passing attack, so Carlos Rogers better CATCH those gimmie INTs. DeAngelo's hands can't be everywhere, and the Skins have to keep this passing attack off the field. Lastly, the O-line has done well so far in protecting Donovan. That needs to continue against a D led by Clay Matthews. Hopefully, Trent will have some chip support on the end. Having Clinton out for this game will really affect our blitz pick-up. Keiland has to be absolutely perfect against the blitz.

So, to sum it up: control the clock with Torain and keep the Packers pass attack off the field; our secondary needs to catch those gimmie INTs; keep Clay Matthews away from Donovan.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | October 10, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Pretty funny analysis of the Denver running attack as they prepare to face Ray Lewis and the Ravens today:

"Correll Buckhalter and Laurence Maroney combined to rush for 8 yards on 17 carries last week. That’s 16.9 inches per carry, meaning Broncos running backs traveled across a monitor screen on a typical handoff. In fairness, the continental drift (1.99 inches per year) was working against them for half the game and may have slowed them a bit. Buckhalter caught the game-winning touchdown pass, so at least he made a contribution. Maroney is working his way out of the league; the statistics show it will take him a while."

Posted by: Samson151 | October 10, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

not one post from bean about DT11 = coward

Posted by: hessone | October 10, 2010 10:30 AM

He's waiting to see where DT11 ends up. He'll be posting on the Florida Tuskers blog on Monday.

He never posts here on weekends. I think he said he has a family, a life. Can anyone explain that concept to me?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

not one post from bean about DT11 = coward

Posted by: hessone | October 10, 2010 10:30 AM

Bean is gonna do with his DT jersey what I'm gonna do with my Portis jersey: give it to good will.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | October 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse


He never posts here on weekends. I think he said he has a family, a life. Can anyone explain that concept to me?

beep, my family will gladly accomodate you for a game on any given Sunday, meal included, beer optional !

Posted by: hessone | October 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Look at where the guys he has dumped have ended up: Mitchell is with the Vikings. Rinehart is with the Jets. Tryon is with the Colts.
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Actually marko got cut from minny, he's in the UFL I believe. Rhino on the jet practice squad is no victory, the guy was a 3rd round pick. Tryon, maybe he'll be ok, but I dont expect to miss him much. Vinny had a couple nice picks but I'm very happy he's long gone.

Posted by: AdamCr | October 10, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The main thing about these two clubs is how they've been letting opponents back into the game in the second half -- true for both Washington and the Pack.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 10, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

We did not "Dump" Tryon, we traded him. Smart move, added a late pick.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 10, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"We did not "Dump" Tryon, we traded him. Smart move, added a late pick."

And Marko has no team, the Vikings cut him back before the season started.

Barno is such an idiot.

Dude, check your facts first.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 10, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

ESPN980 expects Jarmon to be up today. It will be good to see him back, especially with fresher legs. Hopefully Jarmon is close to full strength. Also Bryant is the odd man out on the DL. Kemo is playing better, but I'd expect to see more of Carricker playing NT in the 3-4. Also, I'd think more of the "4-3" look out of the base 3-4 to account for Kemo still not back to 100%.

Posted by: TWISI | October 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

One more from ESPN980. Bruce Allen says Chad Simpson and Brandon Banks to split kickoff return duties.

Posted by: TWISI | October 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Yikes!

Ryan Torain:

"He also scored a three on the Wonderlic intelligence test. That could be his problem with blitz pick-ups."

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/NFL-Week-5-Countdown-to-Kickoff-Sunday-preview

I think dude was trying to be funny and wasn't, but a 3???

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 10, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

And Marko has no team, the Vikings cut him back before the season started.

Posted by: rmcazz | October 10, 2010 11:16 AM

Hey, that makes him a starter on their reserve inactive practice squad.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

anybody know where one can watch the game online... link? please and thank you!

Posted by: sweetsweetlou | October 10, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Say what you want about the Dan. You got to give him credit for always stepping up when something bad happens to a player or his family

Posted by: jm220 | October 10, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Say what you want about the Dan. You got to give him credit for always stepping up when something bad happens to a player or his family

Posted by: jm220 | October 10, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Derrick Dockery is inactive today.

Posted by: elfreako | October 10, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I expect to see a lot of roll out from the Redskins offenst today to try to avoid the pass rush of the Packers. Maybe even a couple reverses. Something we haven't done this year. Hope we can pull out a win. If we can, the wifey has to sing the Redskins fight song when we go to Wisconson for her family reunion in May!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | October 10, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse


Derrick Dockery is inactive today.

Posted by: elfreako | October 10, 2010 11:52 AM |

we need draft picks and we need to choose o-line players in the draft, followed by d-line. then aquire the talent positions thru draft and FA. f u c k trading draft picks for older veterans and FA signings to WIN NOW.

Posted by: hessone | October 10, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Derrick Dockery is inactive today.

Posted by: elfreako | October 10, 2010 11:52 AM

Will Montgomery has moved ahead of Dockery?!! Hope the skins can get a 5th or 6th for him in a trade.

Posted by: TWISI | October 10, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Marko's in the CFL, I believe..The Colts just signed someone from our pravtice squad, but dint catch the name..If some of these top freshman and sophomore WRs announce for the draft we should grab one..Cerrato will have a memorial urinal named after him in a dive to be named later..

Posted by: frak | October 10, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

sweetsweetlou:

You can try here:

http://www.channelsurfing.net/

Good luck!

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 10, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The Rolling Stones were a great RFK band- I can seriously rock me some electric blues, too: Stones, Muddro Waters, Black Keys, The Hendrix..Mick Jagger got sent to Earth to show people how to have a good time.."Exile On Main Street", "Beggars Banquet"-theme music for Hunter Thompson and old Skins fans..

Posted by: frak | October 10, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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