September 20, 2014

Packers try to improve their defense, start with a safety (Audio & Video)

The Green Bay Packers defense lacked playmakers last season.  We saw missed tackles, take/aways were down and there wasn’t a

Safety Coach Darren Perry

Safety Coach Darren Perry

single interception from the safety position.

With the top two playmaking linebackers off the board, the Packers used the 21st pick in the 2014 NFL draft on Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.  Jerron McMillian was cut in December and M.D. Jennings was not offered a contract during the off-season.  And starter Morgan Burnett didn’t come close to playing up to his new contract that pays him more than $6-million a season.

The Packers are hoping Clinton-Dix will come in and push to start right away.  They’re also hoping he’ll help boost the play of Burnett.

Safeties coach Darren Perry believes they get a player in Clinton-Dix that can do it all.  One scout said “Ha Ha” isn’t great at any one thing, but he’s pretty solid at everything.

AUDIO: Safety coach Darren Perry believes Clinton-Dix can do it all :17

One thing is certain, the Packers need better play from the safety position this season.

AUDIO: Perry said the safeties have to be better :14

The Packers now have Burnett, Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo and maybe Micah Hyde at the safety position going into next season.  Perry was non-committal on just what Hyde’s role will be.

Check out these YouTube highlights of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.