JS reporter Tom Silverstein and ex-Packers All-Pro safety LeRoy Butler diagram the Packers’ use of Clay Matthews as a stack linebacker and show the danger Vikings running back Jerrick McKinnon presents to the Packers.
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at the defense and how Dom Capers should approach his use of Clay Matthews going forward.
Now that Martinez seems to have found a spot in the defense and can be a reliable run stopper, it’s not as critical that Matthews play inside linebacker. But pass coverage has always been a problem for the Packers’ inside linebackers and Matthews runs better than anyone else Capers has.
So, if it takes pressure off Martinez to have Matthews around him, it’s worth doing. If it allows Daniels or Perry or Brooks to rush from different spots, then it’s worth doing.
There still will be opportunities for Matthews to rush the passer from an outside linebacker position, but the more he lines up as an inside linebacker or inside pass rusher, the less predictable he becomes.
Perry may be the team’s premier pass rusher now, but it doesn’t mean Matthews can’t have as big of an impact.
If Capers can somehow wave a magic wand and get some of the injured — including King (concussion) and safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), who were both hurt against the Cowboys — back on the field soon, he can take pressure off Matthews and let him affect the game in less traditional ways.
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