Darnell Savage has struggled for consistency over the past three seasons. A change in defensive coordinator could help him get back to his best, but the Packers may prefer to start over at safety.
While Savage wasn't a great fit in Joe Barry's system—the success early in his career came in Mike Pettine's defense—he also made too many mistakes that had nothing to do with scheme.
There have been plenty of times when Savage is in a position to make a play but misses the tackle. A perfect example is Christian McCaffrey's 39-yard touchdown in the divisional round. Savage was there to stop McCaffrey before he picked up a first down. Instead, Savage missed the tackle, and McCaffrey was on his way to the end zone.
Missed tackles have been an issue for Savage throughout his time in Green Bay. According to Pro Football Reference, he has a missed tackle percentage above 10 percent in four of five seasons with the Packers. His missed tackle percentage this season was 13.6, almost tying his career-worst.
In the offseason, the Packers must upgrade the secondary, beginning at the safety position. Green Bay may completely start over, with Savage departing in free agency.