I think I watched the NFL kill itself yesterday. People a lot more football smarts than me have concluded the same thing. Clay Matthews’ sack of Alex Smith yesterday was a textbook football tackle. It wasn’t overly violent, Smith wasn’t hurt, Matthew had no intention of hurting him -and didn’t hurt him. Matthews’ helmet never touched Smith’s. Matthews’ apparent crime was landing on top of Smith. Apparently defenders are supposed to change their position in midair and risk their own injury so QBs can continue to be treated, not like a football player, but protected Prince of the Kingdom — never touch the Prince.
It’s really absurd. No one outside of the league office thinks this is good for professional football. The NFL has turned this grand game into a waltz of nonsense and turned the on- field officials into nutcrackers.
RIP NFL – it died yesterday in Washington DC