Yes, that’s right. Green Bay Packers second-year linebacker Blake Martinez led the NFL in tackles. Or at least he tied with Cleveland Browns linebacker (and Badger great) Joe Schobert for the lead.
Martinez finished with 144 tackles. I repeatedly said Martinez should be in the Pro Bowl during the season. Of course, that didn’t happen.
Along with defensive lineman Kenny Clark, Martinez showed the biggest second-year improvement of any Packers player.
Dude was pumped about leading the league in tackles.
Interestingly, looking at that partial list, only one-third of the players will actually be playing in the playoffs. I’d bet Blake would trade some tackles for an effective offense that kept their defense off the field so much.
Regardless, the future finally looks bright for the Packers at inside linebacker.