Ever since the National Football League introduced another round of rules to protect the league’s biggest asset — the quarterback — a litany of complaints came week after week. The “body weight rule” introduced for the 2018 season states that a defender cannot land with their full weight on top of the quarterback when tackling him.
With the NFL’s top defensive stars figuring out new ways to rush the passer, at least one fan finally figured out the right way to sack a quarterback in the NFL, and it is hilarious.
When Twitter user Sean McGann posted his “instructional” video to his social media account, it took off as a symbol of what every NFL fan, and most players, feel about one of the league’s most controversial rules.
What follows is 19-seconds of pure, comedic genius.
How to Sack a Quarterback
From the light touch to the ground, the pillow under the head, and the kiss to finish it off, it’s genius all around. As apparent Green Bay Packers fans, these two saw the rule firsthand, just like one of their favorite team’s best players.
For third weeks in a row, former Packers linebacker Clay Matthews received a flag for using his body weight when sacking a quarterback. This final time, however, was a clean shot on Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith.
By definition, Matthews does land with his weight on top of Smith and drew a penalty, but how else is he supposed to tackle him?
After the game, Matthew let loose his frustration and confusion following another penalty saying the league is “getting soft” with the addition of this rule.
The rule is still condemned from every corner of the league, but knowing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, they’re going to stand behind the spirit of the ruling as long as they can.
For now, maybe Matthews can take notes from Mr. McGann on how to properly sack a quarterback. Maybe that’ll save him from a few more penalties?
This article was originally published September 24, 2018. To date, the NFL still protect quarterbacks with everything they have.