Calvin Pryor Over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Isn’t Looking So Smart
When the Green Bay Packers played the New York Jets early this season, Jets’ coach and all-around blowhard Rex Ryan was talking up his safety Calvin Pryor.
The Jets had drafted Pryor with the No. 18 pick this year. He was the first safety taken, three spots ahead of where the Packers drafted Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
According to Ryan, the Jets wanted the guy “who would knock your face in.” Pryor was known as the bigger hitter of the two. He’s now also known as the guy who has lost his job.
Pryor was benched last week by the Jets. Some guy named Jaiquawn Jarrett started in his place in the team’s win against Pittsburgh, their first since week 1. He had two picks and a sack in the game.
Obviously, it’s still too early to judge either Pryor or Clinton-Dix, except in one area — impact they’re making in their rookie seasons. Clinton-Dix has single-handedly improved the Packers defense. Pryor, well… the Jets’ pass defense is the clear weakness of an otherwise stout unit.
The two players have opposite trajectories as well. Clinton-Dix wasn’t a starter to open the season. He earned that role back in week 7. Pryor was a starter day one and now he’s riding the bench.
Oh, and the stat lines? Clinton-Dix has 47 tackles, 1 INT and 1 sack, while making just three starts. Pryor has 36 tackles and half a sack in seven starts.
If I could verbalize a farting noise through my words, I would do so here.
But listen, if Calvin Pryor is ever good enough to get in another game, he just might knock someone’s face in. Meanwhile, the Packers can just sit back and benefit from the Jets’ stupidity — probably for years.