I’m not going to put a guy’s family above football. It was Vince Lombardi’s rule.
But then again, Vince always showed up for work. Early — at least 15 minutes to be exact. It’s why the clocks on Lambeau Field are always off. It’s called Lombardi Time.
If you were supposed to be there at 3:00, your ass better be there at 2:45.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was not at OTAs with his Green Bay Packers teammates. Where was he? At home. Why was he at home? Mostly because of money.
#Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said the death of his godmother contributed to the decision to skip OTAs. But there was also another factor: the absence of a workout bonus. He had no incentive to attend. pic.twitter.com/xdnnyrZ7ro
— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) June 12, 2018
Let’s get down to that second reason there.
Not a lot of guys get a workout bonus from the Packers. Aaron Rodgers gets one, Clay Matthews and so forth. Veterans that have earned their stripes. Guys not on their rookie contacts, as Clinton-Dix is.
He’s in the final year of his rookie deal.
We know he wants a new deal. Has he earned a new deal?
Not in our estimation.
The Packers may end up signing him to one, but probably not after the season he just came off of. Total garbage is what that was.
General manager Brian Gutekunst doesn’t seem to exactly be tied to former GM Ted Thompson’s draft picks. If he was, you’d probably see a guy like Richard Rodgers still on the roster.
Thompson was tied to his draft picks. The re-signing of Bryan Bulaga — who Gutekunst has rightfully since asked to take a pay cut — that averages $6.75 million annually is just one example of that.
So will Clinton-Dix get a new deal? I don’t think there’s any guarantee of that.
I also think he didn’t do anything in his favor there by not showing up for OTAs. This is a guy who considers himself a leader of the defense. And while that may be debatable, leaders show up and lead. Leaders are on Lombardi Time. First in, last out.
Clinton-Dix will be playing in the league somewhere next year. It’s entirely possible it won’t be with the Packers, however.
“Clinton-Dix will be playing in the league somewhere next year. It’s entirely possible it won’t be with the Packers, however.”
It is entirely possible that Dix will be playing somewhere else this year. Forget about next year.
Yea Howard, i thought the same, but then without Burnett the Packers might think having both gone is too much at once. We’ll see how it play’s out it i guess.
This pains me….
Good article again Mordi.
Hasn’t he been able to enjoy his family since January? I don’t even really want to shit on the guy, but what kind of impression does it make on the other players, the new coaching staff to basically say “fuck it, they aren’t paying me to be there, so i’m not going to be there”? And this isn’t conjecture, he’s telling you the same.
Then you have McCarthy, who said that it was personal and that he didn’t have a problem with it. Really? It’s cool with you? I wonder if he’d have a problem with it if all the starters just sent him an e-mail saying they weren’t coming. Still cool with it? McCarthy is an enabler.
I have a problem with this dude only because he can’t call the defense, but wants to be paid like a star. He can’t demonstrate leadership, but wants to be paid like a leader.
But most of all, because it’s NOT about the team, getting to know the rookies, learning the new plays, schemes, signals, jelling with your teammates and your new coaches. Fuck no….it’s about, they aren’t paying me to be there!!
I am not giving him a total pass, but he did have an unexpected death in his family. He may have been very close to his godmother. That may have been valid justification for missing some time, but not for the entire voluntary program. At a minimum, he should have flown in / out to participate in key parts of the program.
His on-field performance has been in decline and if he wants to get paid, that performance must improve. Had he been serious about improving, he should have been there. We are noticing, and so are the coaches and staff. He probably makes the team and then about anything could happen, but there is a chance that “The Turk” comes calling this August.
“I’m excited not to have that bonus in there though, honestly, because I would have definitely been here for my money.”
So he cares about spending time with his family during a time of loss (about a month later), but he would definitely have no problem leaving them if there was money involved… Right.
Maybe if it was another year of Capers, and Dix already knew the system. But there’s a new coordinator with new schemes. Dix has the opportunity to get a jump on the playbook but instead he is going to fall behind. Not exactly what you would call a leader. Especially when he couldn’t even call the plays from the last defense. Ha-ha always doing the bare minimum, just like he does on the field. Good luck getting bonus money captain.
I’m dreaming of Micah Hyde as a GB starting safety instead of this tool. He’s too stupid to know how stupid he is. I think Pettine with bench him…man I hope so.