Much has been made of the Green Bay Packers lack of a pass rush in 2011.

Well, the only guy who provided any says the Packers pass rush is back. Clay Matthews told Colin Cowherd as much and also set a lofty goal for the Packers defense.

“I think it’s back for sure, definitely,” Matthews said, “with the addition of Nick Perry on the opposite side of me. I mean, he’s a big kid who is only going to push the pocket back. We’ve got some new characters, some new faces on the defensive line. Jerel Worthy, our second-round pick, has been playing real well. Mike Daniels out of Iowa has been playing well.

“We’ve added some free agents here who are definitely going to give this defense a spark. And that was definitely an area we need to address, and it’s been a concern of ours, and it looks like we’ve got it back. So I look for us to get back up there with how we used to play on defense, and that’s a top 5 defense.”

Top 5 defense, yo!

The Packers achieved that in 2010 (finishing fifth overall) when they had 47 sacks — the second highest total in the league. Last year they had only 29 sacks (27th overall) and slipped all the way down to dead last in total defense.

So yeah, the Packers pass rush better be back.