August 11, 2012 |
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Nick Perry has found his first training camp to be quite a transition. Perry, a first-round draft pick who is playing outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers after playing defensive end at USC, has had some ups and downs. Some believe it might take him awhile before he is ready to be a significant contributor. "The hardest thing is seeing the bigger picture," Perry said. "You have to know where everyone is on the field. You have to learn our plays. That's one of the hardest things - make sure you don't get calls mixed up. " Perry said Dom Capers' defensive playbook may have three times as much information as his college playbook.
December 11, 2011 |
Clay Matthews' star power has captured the attention of both the NFL fan base and offensive coordinators, who've spent this season seeking to double-team the third-year Green Bay Packers linebacker from USC. Matthews' sack and tackle numbers are down from last season, when he contributed 13.5 sacks and nearly four tackles a game for the Super Bowl champions. After Sunday's 46-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Matthews has six sacks and 38 tackles. As the calendar turned to December in a big game last week, Matthews began asserting himself at critical times, intercepting a pass by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and returning it for a touchdown, recording a sack and forcing a fumble.
September 17, 2011 |
Philadelphia's Michael Vick will be the man in the spotlight Sunday when he returns to Atlanta to play his old team. But Casey Matthews will be the man in the middle. Matthews, a rookie from Oregon, will make his second start at middle linebacker for the Eagles, who will be put to the test by a Michael Turner-led Falcons run game. The Eagles gave up 154 yards rushing at St. Louis last Sunday, underscoring some concerns about their inexperienced linebackers — Matthews flanked by a pair of seventh-round picks, Jamar Chaney (drafted in 2010)
June 6, 2011 |
Clay Matthews is locked out of the sport he loves, but the Green Bay Packers linebacker still gets to do something that's only a fantasy for most NFL players. He gets to punch a reporter. "And when haven't I wanted to do that?" said Matthews, who may have been joking. The reporter on the other end of those fists is Jay Glazer, who leads a bizarre double life. When he's not working as the NFL insider for Fox, he's at a gym in Hollywood, training some of the league's elite players in mixed martial arts.
February 4, 2011 |
The debate over which Super Bowl XLV team has the edge can be argued convincingly from either side. On this, however, there's no splitting hairs: Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel has the best, most-prodigious, most-talked-about beard of the week. And not just by a whisker. "There's no other beard that matches it," Keisel conceded, trying to maintain some modesty, "so it's just 'The Beard.'" Just about every other Steeler has some sort of facial hair ? including their bearded coach and quarterback ?
February 2, 2011 |
Bandits and bad weather often move from west to east in this country and, lo and behold, so do some very important trends. Two of pro football's toughest hombres, both (surprise!) former Californians by way of USC, have given this Super Bowl some style cues you wouldn't normally run across in Green Bay or Pittsburgh. Think of them as hairy updates on Hercules. Troy Polamalu is one. Tender as a pipe wrench, he toils for the Steelers of Pittsburgh. He moves across a football field like a hologram ?