Ever since the National Football League introduced another round of rules to protect the league’s biggest asset, the quarterback, there have been a litany of complaints week after week. The biggest problems with the new “body weight” rule, which states that a defender may not land with their full weight on top of the quarterback when tackling him, has yet to be seen. Eventually, when late season games are on the line, at least one will, unfortunately, be decided by this absurd rule.
With the NFL’s top defensive stars figuring out new ways to rush the passer, at least one fan has finally figured out the right way to sack a quarterback in the NFL, and it’s hilarious.
When Twitter user @seanmickeyG14 posted the “instructional” video to his social media account, it’s taken off as a symbol of what every NFL fan, and most players, feel about the league’s newest, controversial rule.
What follows is 19-seconds of pure, comedic genius.
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 are seeing the rule firsthand, just like one of their favorite team’s best players.
For the third week in a row, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews received a flag for using his body weight when sacking a quarterback. This week, it was a clean shot on Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith.
By definition, Matthews does land with his weight on top of Smith, drawing 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 new rule is being 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?