• Archie

    Burnett deserves another chance to fail. But if he does, go to Dix. Sean Richardson is intriguing as well.

    Right now I think the Pack’s biggest concern on defense is at ILB. When will they move on past Hawk? And how long will they wait on Jones? Winston Moss may be the worst coach in the history of the game. Loyal to a fault. When asked how long a guy will keep his job, he replies until somebody tells me he’s lost it. Really? Moss, and by extension McCarthy for wanting to keep him around, is the main reason this defense has no teeth. Your two ILB in a 3-4 define your team’s physicality and ability to protect the middle of the field. Nuff said.

  • Jay Hodgson

    Good article. I’m not worried at all about C-Dix not cracking the starting lineup yet. Remember, last year McCarthy brought Phat Eddie along slowly, too. If Hyde starts, great. If C-Dix does, great. If Burnett gets beat out, great. At the end of the day, the safety position will be better than last year, and that’s what matters most.

  • Since ’61

    The way I am currently looking at the Packers’ safety position is that it is too early to tell for any of them. We don’t know if Burnett is going to improve over 2013. We don’t know if Hyde can play the position at a high level on a full time basis (although I believe that he will quickly evolve into the Packers’ best safety) and we don’t know yet if Dix will become a starter, especially in the short term. And of course there are plenty of question marks around Banjo and Richardson. For all of these reasons I was advocating for the acquisition of a veteran safety during the Free Agency period during the off season. It didn’t happen and Safety remains the biggest question mark on the team. Couple this with, as Archie correctly points out, weakness at ILB and we may have another defensive mess on our hands this season. I do believe that all of this will be sorted out during training camp and pre-season and it would be reassuring to know that we have at least one competent Safety going into camp but we don’t. Assuming that everyone stays healthy, a big IF, I am expecting Hyde and Dix to become our starting Safeties at some point during the season. If Burnett improves and remains one of the starters that’s fine also. In any case, the circus at the Safety position needs to end as soon as possible and we need to have stability at that position or our defense will not be improved this year. A lot is riding on MM and Capers to make it happen, but in the end whoever is on the field needs to get it done. No injuries and Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ’61

  • Turophile

    From now until the first regular season game is more a marathon than a sprint.

    It is not who is ahead in the first mile but who is moving well at the end.

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