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Clay Matthews says he’ll miss facing Jay Cutler for great reason

When Clay Matthews looks across the line of scrimmage next season when his Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears, he admits he’ll regret not seeing Jay Cutler, who retired this offseason and took a job with FOX Sports. And the Packers linebacker has a great reason why.

Matthews, appearing on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week, explained his fondness for lining up against Cutler and he managed to take a brilliant shot at Cutler while simultaneously praising the retired signal-caller.

“Listen, I always enjoyed playing against Jay,” Matthews said on the Rich Eisen Show on NFL Network, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “Obviously, he rubbed some fans the wrong way. I know people get on him about his nonchalant attitude, but I always enjoyed playing against him. I’m glad I got a lot of sacks against him. I’ll miss that the most.”

And then Matthews delivered a brilliant line about the Bears’ current crop of quarterbacks, which includes veterans Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez along with 2017 NFL Draft No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky heading into training camp.

“But hopefully the next in line in Chicago will be as equally willing to help me pad my stats,” Matthews said.

Zing.

Of Matthews’ 72.5 career sacks, 8.5 of them came with Cutler on the ground, so it’s not surprising the veteran Packer will miss seeing his former nemesis.

It’s interesting that Matthews mentioned the most prevalent and longstanding criticism of Cutler, one that plagued the quarterback throughout his career: His seemingly aloof nature. But Matthews seemed to say he didn’t see it that way.

In any event, Cutler has moved on and Matthews will have no choice but to try to feast on the new generation of Bears quarterbacks. If things continue as they have been between the Packers and Bears in recent history, odds are he just might.

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