Clay Matthews: Defense Needs More Playmakers

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Clay Matthews is a handyman

Clay Matthews is a handyman

Clay Matthews knows the Green Bay Packers defense isn’t any good. While making the media rounds on Tuesday he said the reason is the Packers don’t have enough playmakers on that side of the ball.

“On the defensive side of the ball, we need to have more playmakers and get off the field more often and put the ball back into our offense’s hands,” Matthews said. “It’s a time for guys to step up and make a name for themselves, myself included, as well as hopefully adding a few guys through the draft.

“Any time you have a top-five offense, you need to back that up with a top-five defense, and we had that in our Super Bowl year. At times we carried our offense and at times they carried us, but over the past few years it’s been a little more offense dominated.”

We would agree, of course. Matthews is the only real playmaker on defense and he’s injured most of the time. Cornerback Casey Hayward may prove to be a playmaker, but he missed most of 2013. Defensive lineman Mike Daniels is a budding playmaker. That’s about it.

None of the other linebackers make any plays. The safeties sure as hell don’t. The corners are good, but they’re more about not allowing plays to happen than they are about creating them. The defensive line, well, it’s there.

Matthews went on, begging for someone to take the pressure off him.

“Obviously being defensive minded and oriented, I hope they can provide another playmaker on the defensive side of the ball,” he said. “As I’ve continued to say, our offense is doing fine just finishing top five every year. Now it’s our time to start picking up the slack, so I’d like to see a player anywhere on my side of the ball be able to help this team out.”

Anywhere. Yes, the Packers could literally use any defensive player who can do something. Again, we like the cornerback group, but you could realistically argue that every other defensive position, as a whole, is below average when compared to the rest of the NFL.

We wonder if any of Matthews’ defensive teammates were paying attention to his comments. More so, we wonder if they got the message.

If not, let us translate: you guys suck.

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22 Comments on "Clay Matthews: Defense Needs More Playmakers"

      • Vijay

        Disagree, our D Line was almost totally healthy, starting inside LBs also totally healthy, Starting corners mostly healthy…safeties too (we had those).

        They just plain suck…we have a lot of coverage sacks but we all watch the games…they give up tons of yards and points and get marched down the field routinely.

        Ted blows and his ego has been checked. Step it up GM!

        • K.L.

          The defense last year had potential. Remember when they were ranked third in the league at stopping the run earlier in the season? If our secondary weren’t so badly hurt at that point, things could have been much better.

          But you make a point. Overall, this defense as a whole needs to step it up, healthy or not.

        • Shawn Shawn

          D line- Datone and Worthy hurt all year. Jolly hurt at the end of the year.

          ILB – Brad Jones hurt, Francois out. Sam Barrington out. Lattimore, hurt at times.

          OLB – Complete mess. EVERYONE hurt. In a 3-4 Steeler style defense, this is a HUGE position against the pass and run.

          CB – Hayward out all year. Shields missed two games including the most important one. Tramon started the year still slowed by injury.

          Safety- Burnett started the season out. Richardson on PUP all but last six games. Otherwise healthy.

          Yes, there is definite suckage on this defense, but lets not understate the injuries, which were a huge factor. Defense was in the top 5 against the run for the first half of the season. Desolation at OLB helped turn that around, starting with Matthews’ injury against the Lions.

          • Phatgzus

            Nein, neon, nein! That logic will not do, mein führer. This defense is expected to perform at optimal efficiency regardless of player. Simply because we had a rookie D-lineman and hobbled *3rd-string rookie LB playing the most important 3-4 position is no excuse, damn you!

    • Vijay

      He’s not a leader—he’s a great talent but more a self promoter and that’s not leadership…he’s more of a TV star than football star lately.

      • Phatgzus

        Going to (respectfully) disagree with you on that one, Vij-in his career CMIII has been nothing but a warrior giving it his all-countless times announcers and fans have praised his effort/motor: now he is taking it upon himself (still one of the great playmakers of his era [who wouldn’t want him on their team?])! to not only challenge his teamates but his GM tp improve this team.

  1. the real russ letlow

    we need guys who play like Matthews (when healthy) with a “kick some ass” attitude like Mike Daniels. Free agents, drafted or undrafted free agent rookies. it makes no difference. talent and attitude need an upgrade.

  2. GBslacker

    “The Packers should put a priority on re-signing Raji, who despite a so-so season is still capable of making an impact.”

    Anyone care to guess who wrote this little gem?

    Hint: he’s the same guy that heartily endorses Capers year after year…

  3. Bobby S

    Nobody on defense will get fired up because they wouldn’t know how….Raji a high priority??? Are u fu*king kidding? Thank God he doesn’t want to play in Dom’s imaginative attacking defense anymore or Ted would probably sign him…loves his “guys”

  4. FITZCORE1252

    Wow, that’s refreshing to hear! Maybe the brass will get the hint? Clay can’t do it by himself, get him some bonifide help! Draft, FA… we don’t give a Fuck, we need BALLERS!

  5. MJ

    Too bad GB is paying him as much as Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks COMBINED.
    When the team has about a quarter of its cap taken by two players (Rodgers and Matthews) it can be hard to be competitive at all levels. Had they followed the example of Brady, we could have had some chances of aspiring to a deeper run in the play-offs. For how many years has GB been “just about to find” the player opposite Clay Matthews? Seattle just got their pass rush in one Free Agency season.
    Agreed, the amount of injuries that piled up on GB was not particularly helpful…
    But again, how do you ask a player to take a pay cut to keep the team competitive when two other starters amass ONE FOURTH of the team total salary? They are big contributors as well, that is undisputable, but players like Nelson, Cobb or even James Jones make their share of plays. Jones has one foot out the door, and we have to hope Nelson and Cobb don’t get too exquisite. If so, brace yourselves for a sad quality drop.

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  7. Shawn Iltarion

    CM3 is trying his best to state the glaringly obvious here, in order to avoid stories like this.

    On the other hand, during the most important game of the year the defense battled their asses off, and Clay was busy standing the sidelines in street clothes. Yeah, the defense could have used another playmaker that day. Might have been the difference in making the NFC Championship Game.

    In other words, there is just one playmaker Clay should be worried about.

  8. jtmax

    It’s hard to make plays when our lb’s are too small and slow for 3-4 and DB’s are either puny or too slow or both.
    We definitely can get Deone Bucannon from Wazu in second round and really add some size, power and speed behind the line. 6’2″ 217 lbs. 4.45 40 time and 3rd in every category at the combine. Big, strong, fast. Powerful kid who can make plays. Impressed me more than Pryor. I would even jump on him in first round if Ha Ha is off the board by then.

  9. jtmax

    Need Kam Chancellor 2.0. Linebacker size and power with speed of safety. Our DB’s are so soft that it hurts to watch.

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