The NFL’s emphasis on protecting quarterbacks has been a massive story through the preseason and into the regular season, with no player feeling more aggrieved by the new regulations than Packers OLB Clay Matthews.

In Week 1, Matthews was flagged for a crucial roughing penalty that kept the Bears alive. In Week 2, he was flagged for what looked like a pretty clean hit on Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, which most people agreed was kind of a joke.

Today, Matthews hit Alex Smith with what looked like a textbook tackle, but once again drew a penalty, which the NFL has already deemed the right decision:

Matthews even releases early as they roll over, and he’s already pleading to avoid the penalty. Those pleas were clearly ignored.

Essentially, you can’t hit a quarterback now. That’s what the “body weight” thing means. There’s no way to actually tackle the quarterback in a fashion beyond a gentle grasp.

The Packers are losing late in Washington, and this is only going to make the potential loss hurt more.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.