Green Bay Packers Need Clay Matthews to Prove His Worth on Defense

By Michael Tiscia
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So far in this 2013 season, the Green Bay Packers‘ defense has been on and off. They have shown signs of improvement and have had games where they have played phenomenal. However, they also have had games where they showed a lack of tackling abilities and a lack of ball skills. All of these things put together add up to a 5-4 record and a season that now is on the line. Things must change quickly for the Packers if they hope to stay alive, and one guy on the defense must now show that he is worth every dollar he’s been receiving.

Linebacker Clay Matthews has been one of the league’s best pass rushers since he was drafted in 2009. He has been an animal on defense and is a guy who demands a double team every single play. His abilities are second to none and his fierce competitiveness and constant onslaught after the passer has prompted fans to call him such names as “Claymaker” and given him shirts signaling his “predator” like pose after he sacks a quarterback. This is the kind of player the Packers need him to be right now.

Matthews returned last week after missing a few weeks with a thumb injury. He played through the Philadelphia Eagles game with a club on his hand and said he had a difficult time adjusting to it. However, I can’t give him any excuses from here on out. He needs to start stepping up and being the leader that the defense has known for five seasons.

I believe he can get back to his old ways and add to his three sacks that he has accumulated this season. If he can get after the passer and create havoc in the pocket it will surely help the secondary (god knows they need it) and will allow for a much better flow on the entire defensive front.

The Packers’ season isn’t exactly hanging by a thread, but with injuries up and down the roster every game from this point forward is a huge game for the team. The defense must be able to improve, and if they are going to stop opposing offenses expect Matthews to play a big part.

Michael Tiscia is a Green Bay Packers writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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