Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix wasn’t good in 2017. It’s possible that former defensive coordinator Dom Capers contributed to Clinton-Dix’s decline in production.
At least, that’s what Clinton-Dix seems to be suggesting. For the first time, Clinton-Dix has admitted that he didn’t play well in 2017.
“Last year we had to do what was best for the team,” Clinton-Dix said. “I wasn’t involved in a lot, but last year was last year. I didn’t meet the standards I set for myself personally.
“With a guy like me with the high expectations I set for myself, I expect more. I have to work on a lot of things to get better at and I’m excited about it.”
Clinton-Dix already likes what he sees from new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s playbook. It appears he feels he’ll be more involved in the defense moving forward. We can’t really say that’s a good thing if Clinton-Dix plays like he did last year. However, we’re sure Pettine will get more out of his personnel than Capers did.
One of the recurring themes for Packers’ defenders has been accountability. A number of players have said that not everyone was held accountable in 2017. We have surmised that Clinton-Dix was likely one of those guys others felt weren’t held accountable.
That has been one of the biggest changes under Pettine and everyone seems to know it.
“Everybody has been held accountable,” Clinton-Dix said. “There’s not going to be any loose strings whether you’re a 10-year vet or a rookie. Guys are going to be held accountable and I’m excited about that.”
We’ll see, but we are expecting a turnaround for the Packers’ defense in 2018 after years and years of Capers’ mediocrity.