Packers linebacker Clay Matthews echoed the opinion of many NFL players regarding the details of the Saints’ bounty program during a roundtable discussion that will be aired by the NFL Network Wednesday.
While Matthews agreed that defensive coaches routinely spit the kind of “rah-rah” propaganda that Saints’ coach Gregg Williams was caught saying before the NFC Divisional Round last season, he put his foot down on intentionally hurting or targeting certain body parts like Williams now famously preached.
“You obviously have your speeches around the league, especially from defensive coaches, position coaches, in which they want you to get after, get going, but I think that when you start to jeopardize people’s futures, their livelihood I think you’re taking it to a whole other level,” Matthews said.
Matthews was joined in the discussion by Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware and Patriots receiver Wes Welker, both of whom agreed with Matthews.
“It’s unfortunate because I think at the end of the day we’re able to put it in perspective and we’re just happy we can walk off the field, wins and losses aside,” Matthews said. “I think the most important thing is understanding it’s just a game at the end of the day.”
You can view the entire segment on “NFL Total Access,” which airs at 6:00 CT on the NFL Network.