San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh may disagree, but Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews insists he’s no Ndamukong Suh in spite of Matthews’s belated, out-of-bounds hit on Colin Kaepernick last Sunday.
“Next game!” Matthews said Thursday (via the Green Bay Press-Gazette and ESPN). The Packers’ home opener is Sunday against the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III. “I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player.”
Harbaugh helpfully pointed out earlier this week that the type of tackle Matthews applied was banned by the league long ago and added that, if Matthews wants to hit someone, he should use a fist rather than a slap. Matthews slapped at Joe Staley, the offensive lineman who headed for him after his contact with Kaepernick.
“Nah, I don’t have any reaction,” Matthews said of Harbaugh’s comments. “I’m on to the next game.”
Matthews declined to say whether the NFL had fined him and, according to him, he’s been fined only once. That was $5,000 for a face mask call on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2010.
“I think my résumé is pretty good right now,” Matthews said. “I think we’re doing all right.”