1) Introduction: Over the last six games of last season, Chad Clifton had a run of play among the best he has given the Packers. The grizzled veteran came into 2011 in the second year of the three year contract he signed as a free agent in 2010 when the Packers had nowhere else to turn.
(Jeffrey) Chad Clifton
Weight: 320 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season: Clifton entered this 12th season of his career as the incumbent starter, expected to hold on to his starting spot despite the trio of recent OT draft choices (Sherrod, Newhouse & Bulaga). Best expectations would be that Clifton’s knees would hold up and he would continue to be the steady protector of Aaron Rodgers’ blind side.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Clifton’s highlight came very early in the Packer’s first game against the Saints. Clifton was in on all 67 offensive snaps and didn’t give up a sack. Unfortunately, it was pretty much all downhill from there. as Clifton’s season got derailed by injuries. The low point would have to be the playoff game against teh Giants. Clifton was benched after giving up a sack in the 3rd quarter. that may prove to be his last play a s a packer.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: When healthy, Clifton is an essential part of this team. Unfortunately, Clifton’s old warhorse of a body has been wearing down the last few years. Clifton would start only six regular season games in 2011.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Clifton fought hard to come back for the Packers’ playoff game, but no matter how much Clifton wished it, his body just wasn’t ready. Clifton did not play well, split time with Marshall Newhouse in the first half and then was pulled in the second half. Clifton played 35 of the 77 offensive snaps against the Giants.
Season Report Card:
(C-) Level of expectations met during the season
(D) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(D-) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: D——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.