The year before Clay Matthews III arrived in Green Bay, the Packers ranked 25th in the league in sacks, with just 27. The following year, Matthews had 10 sacks in 13 starts, leading the team to a respectable total of 37, 11th best in the league.
In Matthews’ next six years the team has only finished worse than a tie for ninth once.
After finishing with 41 sacks in 2014, and 43 last year, are the Packers poised to hit the 50 mark? It doesn’t appear farfetched, for Matthews is back full-time as an outside linebacker, and he has a strong supporting group around him.
When a team has several strong rushers, each aids the other, with sacks often registered by the second or third man to arrive at the scene.
In 2010, the Packers ranked second in the league, with 47 sacks. Its top achievers were Matthews, Cullen Jenkins, B.J. Raji, and Frank Zombo.
When they ranked fourth in 2012, with 46, the leaders were Matthews, Mike Neal, Dezman Moses, A.J. Hawk, and Erik Walden.
This year the top prospects are veterans Matthews, Julius Peppers, Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, and Nick Perry – with rookie Kenny Clark being the wild card. It looks like the most formidable sack crew in Matthews’ time in Green Bay. If all goes well, any or all of the first three names could register 10 or more sacks.
The bold prediction here is 50-plus sacks by the Packers this year.
Very very simple and to-the-point article I like it. I have been hoping for something like this for the last five years ever since Matthews came into the team. He’s never really had that opposite player on the other side to help them. But a combination of Nick Perry and Julius Peppers and rookie Kyle Frackwell, this could be the year where the Pack finally actually dominate the league in sacks like the Broncos do. No one will be talking about how weak the inside linebackers are as long as the outside linebackers do their jobs and actually obliterate opposing team’s offensive lines. Just one more reason why I absolutely can’t wait for this season to start. All my Research indicates that this team could be one of the best to play in a long time. If it weren’t for the weak inside linebackers I would say this is about as complete as a football team and you can realistically expect to have.