Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has sacked former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler 8.5 times in his career. With that in mind, Matthews will miss the fact that Cutler is no longer in Chicago. The team has turned the reins over to Mike Glennon for now, with Mitchell Trubisky behind him.
“Listen, I always enjoyed playing against Jay,” said Matthews during an appearance on the “Rich Eisen Show.” “Obviously, he rubbed some fans the wrong way. I know people get on him about his nonchalant attitude, but I always enjoyed playing against him. I’m glad I got a lot of sacks against him. I’ll miss that the most. But hopefully the next in line in Chicago will be as equally willing to help me pad my stats.”
Matthews has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times over the course of his career and has accrued 72.5 career sacks in the regular season, with 11 more to his name in the playoffs.
He was limited to just 12 games last season and finished the year with five sacks, the fewest he has had in any year of his career, as were the 24 tackles.
Matthews has roamed the Packers defense and terrorized opposing quarterbacks since the team selected him in the first round (26th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC. Just once has he been named a First-Team All-Pro selection, but has gotten four separate years of double-digit sack totals to his credit.
Cutler won’t be around in 2017, so he will have to find new signal callers to terrorize.