Read here from Tom Silverstein at jsonline. He talks about why the lack of depth/personnel presently at inside linebacker could be a problem for the Packers. I get where he’s coming from for sure and there are pieces of the article I agree with. But the basic notion that this is a problem for the Packers right now, is something I disagree with. Why?
Because the Packers have been poor at the ILB position since Desmond Bishop left – so at ILB, there is nowhere for the team to go but up. Brad Jones and AJ Hawk were poor ILBs. Period. And they used up key roster spots and lots of playing time (until the end of last season). The emergence of Sam Barrington last year brought some hope to the position, as did moving Matthews to ILB on occasion. I am convinced that almost ANY combination we go with at ILB next year (likely Barrington, occasionally withMatthews and occasionally with a newer guy) will do more than Hawk and Jones have. Even if Capers’ scheme tends to render ILBs less valuable or something (as some have contended in the past), I am convinced we will see more productivity from the ILB position next year than we’ve seen since Bishop manned the middle.