Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is playing the final year of his rookie contract. The way he tells it, this will be his last year in Green Bay.
“Right now, I’m playing each and every game like it’s my last. I don’t think I’m going to be here next year,” Clinton-Dix said. “That’s how I look at it. I just (have to) be honest with myself. You’ve got to play it game-by-game. Whether we’re losing by 60 points, you’ve got to go out there and perform. This is my biggest interview of my career. So I’ve got to perform, regardless of what the record says.”
That comes as somewhat of a surprise, although maybe it shouldn’t. Clinton-Dix did skip OTAs, seemingly trying to make a point about wanting a long-term deal. That deal never arrived and that shouldn’t be very surprising either.
Clinton-Dix has been up and down in his career. Even this year he’s lacked consistency. While he’s tied for the league lead with three interceptions, he also still routinely misses tackles. A perfect example was when he got shoved to the ground by Lions receiver Kenny Golladay on Sunday.
Clinton-Dix is making nearly $6 million this season. The top safeties in the league make north of $10 million annually. That list is topped by the Chiefs Eric Berry, who makes $13 million annually.
It’s hard to see the Packers doling out a contract like that for Clinton-Dix. I’d argue he hasn’t earned anything near that either.
Still, if Clinton-Dix does move on, the Packers will have a hole to fill at safety again. It’s already one of the team’s weakest positions with the way Kentrell Brice has played thus far.
What a weird evolution did this guy follow. He started off as a good centerfield S, later on he began looking better close to the line of scrimmage as a SS. And later on, looked good at neither spot. Por coaching, as his tackling regresed? Lack of self motivation? Guess we may figure it out when he swims or sinks in his next team.
Regarding the FS position, Damarius Randall is somehow ranked as a high quality by PFF, so it makes sense he played out of position for his whole career as a Packer.
*as a high quality S by PFF
Yeah, I think it’s painfully obvious that the coaching and staff have severely under-served player development. I think that’s pretty much an understatement of the decade.
Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Damarious (who is already on pace to have the best statistical year of his career so far) to name a few obvious ones.
Their knack of taking promising talent and turning them to mediocre cogs is uncanny (Ty Montgomery for example).
– Or taking an existing talent and letting them turn to mush (Eddie Lacy).
– Or letting existing talent walk when they don’t “fit” because they dare challenge the leadership (TJ Lang, Josh Sitton)
Then you factor in the blatant reaches in the draft (Brohm, Harrell, Worthy, Datone, Rollins, Spriggs, Fackrell, Khyri Thornton, Jake Ryan, Vince Biegel)
– Or take your draft picks and play them out of position (Randall again)
– Or fail to develop your talent in any useful fashion (Hundley, Spriggs, Fackrell, Ringo, Alex Green, Newhouse, Pat Lee, etc).
When you combine all of that shit, you’re left with the 2015-2018 Packers.
I dont think Jake Ryan and Jason Spriggs were reaches by any means. Spriggs was coveted, but obviously is simply a bust. Jake Ryan was a 4th rounder that a lot of people felt was a great value pick.
The only player in your list who was a reach was Harrell. All the others were taken where they should have been. Problem is the draft is a like a box of chocolates. Worthy had red flags which pushed him out of round 1 and made him a good round 2 pick. Problem is I don’t believe you spend a high pick on a guy who has motivation issues. If Biegel hadn’t been hurt he’d probably would have gone higher. Jake Ryan has played well but he is limited in coverage. He was a good round 4 acquisition.
TT came from the Rin Wolf school where you don’t pay big money for guards. Obviously it’s old think when evaluating the modern league. With a player like AR the O line has to be a priority.
What irritates me about TT and the his people is the focus on measureables and not body of work.
Randall is the 11th ranked safety and is listed as high quality by PFF. PFF also rates Dix as a high quality safety, and ranked 7th.
Jermaine Whitehead is listed as the 20th ranked safety by PFF. Micah Hyde is the 17th ranked safety by PFF.
Packers Safeties could have been Landon Collins (picked 3 spots after Randall in 2015) and Micah Hyde. They should have given up on Ha’Sean already. Calvin Pryor was picked 3 spots before Dix and he’s out of the league. He’s just a body, not a player.
Man this shit is getting depressing, it reminds me that, every righteous point you guys make, turned the clock back as far as this team progressing, instead it regressed, making the recovery that much more difficult.
But i have to say something about Lacy from Adam’s post (which i always enjoy).
The Packers didn’t turn Lacy into mush. Eddie Lacy turned himself into mush. He’s a grown ass man who didn’t want to take this shit seriously. Even though he had been offered an abundance of help, even from outside the team including ex Packer players, he wouldn’t accept it.
That shit’s on him, and him alone.
Skinny bag of bones. Does this guy even lift?
I know what he DOES do… get trucked weekly by dudes who are more physical than him & be out of position on about 2/3 of all deep throws & red zone plays
this guy is like a skinny BJ Raji. one fine season & no real development. I go back to his facial expression when GB drafted him. next!
Any other HC in the NFL would have been fired for the list of players who were never developed or Played out of position. Not in GB where you can make millions being lousy at your job.