The Packers could make significant changes in the secondary next offseason, especially at safety. Former first-round pick Darnell Savage is one of three Packers safeties set to hit unrestricted free agency in March, along with Rudy Ford and Jonathan Owens.
Savage has played in only nine of a possible 16 games due to injury this season, and his performances have been up and down.
According to Pro Football Reference, Savage has missed eight tackles this year, second-most for the Packers behind only Keisean Nixon, and Nixon has played seven more games than Savage. He has also struggled in coverage, allowing a passer rating of 105.1 and a completion percentage of 77.3.
At his best in 2020, Savage made 12 pass defenses and four interceptions. In nine games this season, he has one pass defense and no interceptions.
The Packers have to decide whether to re-sign any of their free-agent safeties or to hit the reset button at the position. Savage is a former first-rounder. A change in defensive coordinator could suit his style of play and help him replicate what he accomplished in Mike Pettine's system.
But Savage could really do with a strong finish to the season against the Bears in Week 18.