The Packers had a great run of intercepts that ran concurrent with Charles Woodson at the cornerback position. The major players during that run were Woodson, Williams and Shields. Now with Woodson and Williams gone, the Packers need a young corner to step up. They have a bevy of young talent and I have confidence that solid play is in our future, but one question remains. Will the Packers defense be a ball-hawking defense in 2016?
Everybody knows that the Packers defense held the line in 2015, and it is unfortunate that the team’s season ended with a single, embarrassing defensive series. If the Packers defense can find a way to get back to the 20+ interception range, with Clay back on the outside…they could be special. And I personally think a key player in that is not a cornerback replacement for Charles Woodson at all (can anyone replace Wood?), but he is the guy who wears Woodson’s old number. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Ha Ha has been as advertised since Ted Thompson drafted him in the first round in 2014. But what I love about Ha Ha (and yes, I am biased as a once-long-ago-safety) is his performance in the NFC Championship game against the Seahawks two years back. Ha Ha had 2 interceptions and recorded five tackles and was a big part of the Packers being the better team in that game despite the final score. From the free safety position, Ha Ha will once again roam the deep, and in 2016, I hope he takes yet another step. Of course, a big part of that will be whether or not the Packers’ D-line gets pressure on the quarterback so we shall see.
The Packers have a tougher schedule than the win to loss ratio of the opponents they face would indicate. However, they will face many young quarterbacks, a Teddy Bridgewater who has yet to show he can make the big throws under pressure (see week 17 last year) and a Matt Stafford that has no Megatron. This could be a recipe for big interception totals which, in turn, means a high percentage of wins. And interceptions tend to come in spurts so if the Packers get on a roll at the right time, it could be important for more than just taking back the North.
But what do you think PackerNation? Can the Packers get their interception numbers up in 2016? Make your opinion known in the over/under poll below: