If I had told you I felt the Packers were struggling at safety last season, you would have accused me of making the understatement of the year. Just to give you a general idea of how weak the safety position was for the Packers, M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian, two players who started at safety for the Packers in 2013, both failed to make an NFL franchise this season. Both players were cut from their tryouts, one with the Chicago Bears, the other with the Kansas City Chiefs.
So obviously the only place to go for the Packers was up, and that's exactly what they've done. The Packers now field Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Micah Hyd and Sean Richardson alongside veteran(and talented) safety Morgan Burnett and the results have been night and day for the Packers.
In the 2013 season the Packers allowed a whopping 61 passing plays of 20 or more yards, and 8 of 40 or more yards. The 2014 edition of the Packers have shown a tremendous improvement through the first 5 games and are on pace to greatly improve those numbers, specifically 35.2 plays over 20 yards and only 3.2 plays of over 40 yards projected for 2014 in their current form.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been the biggest story for me so far, and Capers echoed that statement: "When you have a guy with talent," Capers said, "and Ha Ha obviously has a lot of talent, you know that when you put him out there, there's an awful lot to learn from the position, making calls and confidence level and all those things. Our goal is to see him improve each and every week, and hopefully increase his participation, and his play has warranted that." What Capers is referring to here is an increase in playing time on defense for Clinton-Dix that saw him participating in just 57% of defensive plays to start the year a number that ballooned to 86% in last weeks domination of the Vikings.
One thing is for sure, the Packers safety seem like a "safe" bet. Leave us your thoughts on the new crop in the comments below!