How did the Green Bay Packers’ linebackers perform in 2015?
Linebacker was an up-and-down position for the Green Bay Packers in 2015. There’s plenty of talent with Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Nick Perry, but the Packers went into the season with a need at inside linebacker.
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Jake Ryan helped filled the need, but losing Sam Barrington early in the season exposed a lack of depth at the position which forced Ryan and Nate Palmer into bigger roles. Matthews was also forced to play out of position after successfully moving inside during the 2014 season.
Let’s take a look back at the group of linebackers and how they performed in the 2015 season. The Packers have a number of tough decisions to make with Perry and Mike Neal set to hit free agency in March. Who will they bring back? Is it possible to retain both or will they need to make a choice between the two?
We’ll begin our review by looking at Matthews, who has been the Packers’ best player on defense for a number of years now. How would he handle a full year at inside linebacker with limited opportunity to get after the quarterback from the outside?
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