Around the Pound (1/29): Former Browns LB Clay Matthews on His Son

In today's edition of Around the Pound, we take a look at the Browns' Clay Matthews and his comments about his son, the reaction to the firing of Jeff Fisher, a 'free pizza' deal from Papa John's, and more.

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Clay Matthews Talks About His Son's Super Bowl Appearance

In an interview with former Cleveland Browns linebacker Clay Matthews, Tony Grossi gets Matthew's reaction to both of his sons playing in big games over the next two weeks, the Senior Bowl and the Super Bowl.

Clay played 16 years with the Browns and three with the Atlanta Falcons without a Super Bowl experience. He came up one win short three times with the Browns.

But those heartbreaking losses in the AFC Championship Games to the Denver Broncos seem a lifetime ago to Matthews as son Clay establishes himself as one of the great young pass rushers in the NFL. Clay III was fourth in the league with 13.5 sacks. He's a strong candidate to be named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, which will be announced next week.

There's no doubt in my mind that Clay III should be named defensive player of the year. Casey Matthews is not expected to be drafted super high, but is there a chance that his stock rises and a team takes an earlier risk on him due to his family's background?

Pacman Jones: Losing Fisher Was a Dumb Move

Not that Pacman Jones' opinion is going to be heavily respected around the league, but the former Titans cornerback was surprised that the Titans did not bring Jeff Fisher back.

"I have no idea why they [fired him]," he says. "It’s gotta be the dumbest move ever. But that’s how they do things in Tennessee. It can be very weird down there. I still can’t believe it. But you know, things happen. I guess they fired me."

Fisher's record as a coach with the Titans spells mediocrity, but I always had a sense that a "Jeff Fisher team" could rebound within a year from any down season and get right back in the thick of the playoff race the following year.

Super Bowl OT = Free Pizza From Papa Johns

Leave it to Papa John's to come up with creative Super Bowl deals for their pizzas. Papa John's has stated that if this year's Super Bowl between the Packers and the Steelers goes into overtime, everyone in America will get a free pizza. You must have an account registered with Papa John's before the game though in order to be eligible. So, if you want to take the chance (with no consequences) that the game goes into overtime, there is about a 7% chance that you'll get a free pizza!

Off-Beat Notes

  • The CW ended up pulling a new episode of Supernatural from their lineup last night, so Fringe's ratings remained consistent for the second week in a row. Consistency is good for hopes of renewal!
     
  • The Pro Bowl airs tomorrow night at 7:00 PM EST. Set your TiVo's so you don't miss an instant classic.
     
  • I'm not a bandwagon fan for having basically lost all interest in the Cavaliers at this point of the season, right? I mean, this is beyond bad. If the Browns went 0-15 though, I know I would still follow that final game as if it meant the world to the team. For those who tuned out awhile ago, the Cavaliers have now lost their last 19 games, most of which haven't even been close. I want Mike Brown back so this team could at least have a strong defensive mentality still.
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