• Razer

    As you point out, Burnett has the talent to play. How well he plays extends beyond his skill set. If the Packers don’t get pressure/run stop from the front 6 or 7 then our secondary will always be drawn in to give support. We have not had the NFL caliber safeties to complete our secondary but so too have we been missing strong ILBs and athletic D linemen. It is more a case of missing pieces rather than a missing piece. Here’s hoping that we have added the pieces going into 2014

    • packett

      Agreed. The ILB is still the apparent weakness of the dfense at this point. Unless this is upgraded to where ILBs have the athleticism and speed to track TE and receivers, it will still stress the capabilities of Safeties, and as result, they’ll still have average numbers. Maybe Clinton-Dix and Burnett make it happen this year, but most likely…we’ll keep debating all 2014 whether the dbacks just average stats are because they are average or the blame should fall on front 7 (or ILB). Plug in a sideline-to-sideline ILB, and we’ll settle it once and for all and I’d bet the safeties and corners will all be pro-bowl caliber. Should have drafted Alec Ogletree last year.

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  • tim

    Burnette’s problem is he has not shown that he possesses the mental and physical toughness to demand the respect needed to play the strong safety position. I recall countless times wherein he was timid in his coming up to take on the run. I see the SS position as an “Enforcer” role where the player strikes fear in the opponent. Frankly, Burnette plays like a “wuss.” In order for him to really make an impact he needs to major “toughen” up!

    • Stroh

      The “enforcer” is a thing of the past. You can’t even hit a WR that leaps to catch a pass anymore. You have to wait for him to land before you can tackle him, and you can’t hit him either for fear his head will move and get a major penalty/fine.

    • 1stngoal

      I don’t know… I’ve gotten the impression that Green Bay is miscasting Burnett in a strong safety type of role, when I think his skill set suggests he would be better in the deep middle. His reputation in college was as a ball-hawking safety who racked up a lot of interceptions.

  • Larbets

    Isn’t measuring the number of big plays allowed a better measure of a Safety’s performance? Interceptions and tackles are often a direct result of the performance (or lack thereof) of the front 7.

  • Since ’61

    Kris, no question that Burnett and the safety position is the biggest question on the defense and probably the entire team for 2014. Good job on the article. First, Burnett has to take responsibility for his own play and his position. Either he improves in 2014 or he’s gone. Having said that, a healthier defense and improved play from the DL and ILB’s will improve the overall play of the defense in 2014 including the safeties. The front 7 needs to be better at stopping the run and putting pressure on the QB. When was the last time a QB looked nervous playing the Packers? Like, 1998 when Reggie was still here. Also, the entire defense needs to tackle better including Burnett. Can we inform the defense early in camp and repeat it every day that it is legal to tackle in the NFL? Finally, can we lock the safeties in a room and make them watch Willie Wood tapes until they get it? It seems like we are counting heavily on Dix, that’s fine, but let’s remember that he has quite a learning curve to go through as a rookie. He has plenty of ability yes, but how quickly will ability result in plays on the field? It’s too early to tell. Finally, let’s see where Hyde plays out in all of this and maybe some rotational safety play may help Burnett get back to form. With Seattle as our first opponent we should find out pretty early where we stand. Go Pack! Thanks, Since ’61

    • jOE

      Cutler always looks nervous playing against CM3.

  • Big T

    Don’t think comeback player of the year should be available to him just because he played like buffalo dung last year. Seems to me he got his big payday and now is just going through the motions.

  • http://jersyal.com tim

    This will be an interesting year. I have high hopes. Lots of new faces and guys coming back from injury to add to an already play-off caliber group. There will be a lot of opportunity for comeback player of the year. You’re right big T, Burnett should not be one of those candidates, but a re-appearance sure would be welcome. Go pack!

  • http://www.lyrictrumpet.com Bearmeat

    The safety play WILL improve this year with HHCD and possibly Hyde next to Burnett. And who knows what we’ve got with Richardson? There’s some depth there for the first time since Collins went out.

    But I have to agree with Packett – until we see better mobility from our ILBs we are going to get gashed by TEs and RBs repeatedly. We SUCK at ILB. Collins and Bishop were mobile enough to make up for Peprah and Hawks’ lack of running ability. Jones and HHCD or Jones and Hyde? YTBD.

    We’d all better hope that both Burnett and Jones have a bounce back campaign and that injuries stay away – or we’ll all be screaming at the TV because of one after another 3rd and 7 conversion.

  • http://grizzlymitch@bresnan.net grizzlymitch

    That is the $8.25 million dollar question.
    If our defense stays healthy as a whole, Burnett will be an improved player as putting pressure on a quarterback takes the pressure off the safety position.

  • BRinMilwaukee

    I’m just hoping it was a down year for Burnett, and with HHCD next to him, he will be rejuvenated.

  • the real russ letlow

    Will Morgan Burnett Rebound For the Packers in 2014? Man, I sure hope so.

  • WKUPackFan

    Burnett missed the first quarter of the season. When he returned he to play with MD, Banjo, and Richardson (who still has potential), and without Hayward. That’s asking a lot. The prior year Burnett played every defensive snap and performed well. Sensing a return to form this year.

  • WKUPackFan

    “When he returned he [had] to play…”. You’d think I could proofread a short post better than that. Sorry

  • bag o donuts 52

    Stevie Wonder would have made more plays than either one one of those jokers last year. How can it possibly get worse than two 140+ qb rated safeties with no picks, strips and nary a pass defensed. Hope Ha Ha doesn’t forget everything he’s learned once Perry gets his hands on him

  • http://allgbp.com Thegreatreynoldo

    I went back and read Burnett’s draft profiles, 1standgoal. At 6″1, 209 lbs., with 4.51 40, 39″ vertical, 11″+ broad, good 10 yard, 3 cone etc. times, NFL.com wrote that Burnett had good size to be a safety, and was a good athlete, just less polished than Eric Reid. CBS wrote that Burnett could play either FS or SS as he was able to cover a lot of ground, could cover WR man to man, had good ball hawking skills and production (i.e. INTs), and was a willing tackler.

    The knock was that he was inconsistent, allowing too many big plays at FS and took bad angles in run support.

    After 4 years of Perry’s coaching, Bag of Donuts, this remarkable athlete is still inconsistent. Burnett is a much better athlete than Clinton-Dix. Perry was hired 2/3/09. Nick Collins had his pro bowl season in 2008/2009, before Perrry was hired. So as far as I can see, Perry is an 0 for ? in developing safeties.

  • Bag o donuts 52

    No way of telling if it’s the player the coach or both. And unfortunately we have similar situations with the ILB’s, special teams and OL. Until the cast of characters undergoes a change, there’s no way of knowing

    • http://allgbp.com Thegreatreynoldo

      Absolutely agree. Some have football IQ and instincts. Some don’t. Dix and Hyde are considered to have instincts and a good football IQ. Let’s develop some Safeties!

  • Bag o Donuts 52

    Hope Hyde makes it…..after 4 years I have zero confidence in Burnett. Perry or no Perry, if you haven’t figured it out by now, chances are you never will.Agree 100% on the instincts. In his rookie year it was easy to see Heyward had it. Can see a lot of that in Hyde too. Burnett runs around in circles and is never in the right position to make a play. Same token we have Hawk and Jones running 5 yards behind the TE’s and no help over the top. Whole different topic.

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