Bruce Matthews watches Green Bay film first as an uncle. Then he hits replay and studies the defense in his role as Tennessee's offensive line coach.
Each time, he's watching the same Packers linebacker.
''He's a great player,'' Bruce said of his nephew, Clay Matthews. ''It isn't like he's just some guy out there. He definitely is the guy who makes things happen on their defense, and he's a guy we really have to make a pointed effort to account for him, which we're doing.''
The Packers linebacker is just the best-known member of the third generation carrying on the Matthews' NFL tradition, and this is the latest family football showdown. Bruce, a Hall of Fame lineman, spent 19 years with the Houston-Tennessee franchise and played against brother Clay, a 19-year linebacker with Cleveland and Atlanta, 23 times.
Clay Matthews Sr. got it all started with his four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s.
For Clay III, he said Thursday that his family's NFL success added to...