Packers Made Right Move on Haha Clinton-Dix
Haha Clinton-Dix is no longer a member of the Green Bay Packers. That’s a wild thought to think about, but yes, he’s not a member of the Packers. Green Bay traded the former first rounder to Washington for a fourth round pick in next year’s draft. Clinton-Dix expected to be a free agent next season, and Green Bay decided to cut bait a little early to get some value for him. Packers crowded secondary becomes a little more clear, and the idea of what the Packers might do there moving forward plus the national media’s love for Clinton-Dix is skin deep.
Even though Green Bay had some issues in the secondary, they had too many bodies to really make it work. Josh Jackson should be playing meaningful snaps. So should Bashaud Breeland, the same goes for Josh Jones yet all of these players found their way to the bench due to how many secondary members Green Bay has on their team. With Clinton-Dix’s departure, they’re going to move Tramon Williams to free safety. He played safety under Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Cleveland and did a good job at it. They’ll move Josh Jones to strong safety along with others like Jermaine Whitehead and Kentrell Brice wouldn’t surprise me. Brice is a big-time hitter and can’t always cover especially deep. That feels like a strong safety to me. Green Bay wouldn’t be trading Haha if they were clueless on what to do with their secondary.
The national media love for Clinton-Dix is obvious and annoying. No one is watching Packers games closely enough. They quote the PFF numbers, but to be honest, those are way off compared to what’s going on at safety. Take a look at what Andrew Herman of CheeseheadTV wrote about Clinton-Dix’s performance this year. He explains how he rates as a -3.7 to team, the second-worst player on the defense. No one in the national media will do that sort of research to find out those type of things though.
Clinton-Dix didn’t pan out for a variety of reasons. He never really played at that consistent Pro Bowl level. You saw it in flashes, but then there were moments where he didn’t give a shit out there. He took awful angles to open-field tackles and his tackling never improved as he kept playing professional football. Also, Haha seemed to always have something to say and blame someone else yet not take ownership. It’s obvious to me why Brian Gutekunst made this move.