Former Packers All-Pro safety LeRoy Butler and beat reporter Tom Silverstein assess the first six weeks of the season and look ahead to the tough schedule that follow's this week's bye. Bill Schulz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers, who rallied Monday night to beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-30 on a last-second Mason Crosby field goal, have a bye week. Their next game is Oct. 28 at the Los Angeles Rams.
We start with Tom Silverstein's column explaining what safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix must do if he wants a lucrative second contract from the Packers.
So why wouldn’t they invest in a former first-round pick with one Pro Bowl selection and 11 interceptions — a league-high among NFL safeties since 2016?
The truth is that Clinton-Dix had a lousy year in 2017. He missed too many tackles (around 10), was part of too many long completions (around 10) and finished the year on a particularly sour note when he appeared not to sell out on a pair of tackles in the season finale at Detroit.
In the NFL, what you put on film is what talent evaluators see and off what they base their financial assessment. They may cut you a break if you had four great years and one bad one, but smart teams read all the fine print before handing over big money.
The Packers decided not to invest in Clinton-Dix coming off last season’s performance. They could have gambled that he was the victim of an overall lousy defense or they could have used the tired and ridiculous excuse that he was played too deep in Dom Capers’ system to have an impact.
You can read Tom's entire piece here:
In our Packers analysis video, Tom joins Jim Owczarski and Olivia Reiner in discussing the team's priorities during the bye week:
Aaron Rodgers won't be hard to find on TV during the bye week:
Kurt Warner sizes up the state of the Packers' offense:
This is certainly no surprise:
But this would qualify as one:
No, it's not just your imagination: The Packers really are wasting timeouts more than almost any other team, according to Acme Packing Co.:
The Power Sweep looks at how Mike Pettine's defense compares to Dom Capers' through six games:
Aaron Rodgers checks in right in the middle of this list:
And finally ....