Because Micah Hyde is a Better Safety Than Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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Micah Hyde in Buffalo

I’ve heard a lot of people bemoan the decision the Green Bay Packers made not to bring Micah Hyde back.

I also understand the reasons they didn’t. The primary one was that Hyde is too slow to play cornerback and the Packers have a wealth of safeties. In theory, the top two safety tandem of Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is impenetrable.

Burnett has been solid this year, but guess what.

As we have always said, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is garbage. He is even more garbage this year and even casual fans are starting to notice that his status is largely made up.

Simply, Clinton-Dix gets by on the fact that he was a first-round draft pick. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills put Micah Hyde at safety and lo and behold!

I surely don’t have to point out that Hyde leads the NFL in interceptions with five. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gets five interceptions in a season in his wet dream.

Ultimately, the Packers made a mistake with Hyde. They made a mistake because they are predictable. Ted Thompson is predictatable.

If the Packers would have re-signed Hyde, they would have stuck him back at cornerback. He was solid enough for the Packers there last year, but everyone in football and most fans always knew Hyde’s best position was safety.

Unfortunately, we also all know Thompson is in love with his own draft picks. At some point, he saw something that made him fall in love. That one day, this guy is gonna be a star!

I wonder how Datone Jones is doing with that. But I digress…

Thompson and the Packers would never part with Clinton-Dix. They would never say, hell, this Micah Hyde guy might actually be a better safety! He might actually be better than the guy we drafted, what’s his name? He He Hillary-Cox?

He couldn’t have any less ball awareness or blow anymore assignments than the guy we drafted in the first round, could he Mike?

But that’s the thing about the Packers. We, and they, don’t have any idea how good their own guys are until they’re playing elsewhere. Because why would you ever give a lesser draft pick a chance to prove he’s better?

That wouldn’t be the Packers way.

The Packers draft and develop and if they didn’t play their first-round picks, even if they aren’t better than their fourth-round picks, well, that would disprove the theory. And that would make Ted Thompson be seen for what he truly is — a guy who drafted a generational player one time and then sucked ass for a decade.

Can’t have that.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

23 Comments on "Because Micah Hyde is a Better Safety Than Ha Ha Clinton-Dix"

  1. PF4L

    Excuse me, but you are talking about a Pro Bowl player in Dix, he also had 5 interceptions last year, his wet dream season.

    I’ll go one further, if Damarius Randall gets himself two more gifts thrown in his lap, that will be 5 interceptions for him also, no doubt vaulting himself into the Pro-Bowl. Apparently 5 is the magic number.

    Lets have a little faith in Ted and Mike. I’ve saved up $417.50 already for my Super Bowl tickets, and if i can get some extra hours at Fleet Farm i’m going to visit the vikings Hall of Fame, maybe buy myself a mini-banner to hang in my garage.

    • KILLER

      I’ve been seeing more hatred projected towards the Vikings recently on this site. Packer fans have always tended towards the negative and antisocial but at least some of their focus was on their team, erroneous adulation of Clinton-Dix, adulation of Rodgers despite him being a smug whiny prick, that sort of thing. Now they can’t bear to look at their current state of affairs for long so the focus is jealous hate.

      I see it and you for what you and it are.

  2. KILLER

    Clinton-Dix has always been overrated. He is not a top athlete, he does not play smart, he misses tackles, he is a big part of a very poor pass defense.

    I talked with a Packer fan before the season who was certain, CERTAIN, Clinton-Dix was far better than Harrison Smith and, AND, was the best safety in football, the Hall of Fame a foregone conclusion. This type of disconnect with reality is pretty typical with Packer fans.

  3. PF4L

    I talked to a viking fan who was certain, CERTAIN, that Teddy Bridgewater was far better than Aaron Rodgers and, AND, will be the best QB in football and, AND was certain, CERTAIN, that he will win 5 Super Bowls. This type of disconnect with reality is pretty typical with queen fans.

  4. Carl

    Haha even sucked all making second team All Pro? That’s a good one. Yes, he’s struggled this year but was very good last year. Good job exaggerating again.

  5. MJ

    First: what happened to the site? It was down a lot of time. Changed server? Well, they are not very active handling interruptions.

    Back to HaHa, a friend of mine said last time that it unnerves him to watch HHCD watch the play and calmly trot his way to the action, to be able to continue watching with full attention.
    To be fair, we would have to see whether Hyde’s INTs were off of tipped balls or genuine play anticipation and reading. Anyone watching the Bill’s games?

  6. I wonder if one change that may be seen is Dix moving closer to the line and Randall playing free safety. There were at least 5 or more plays against the Saints that Randall was the lone safety. Not sure if anyone noticed or brought this up. If they have sorry as I have not been able to look at the site since shortly after the Saints game.

    Dix is better closer to the line. Randall right now has the best skills reacting to a ball when it is in the air.

    • Shawn

      I agree on Randall’s ball skills. The problem is he can’t tackle. You are gonna put a liability at tackling at safety?

  7. PF4L

    In defense of Dix, for the last two games anyway, he’s had to make the defensive calls with Burnett out. I think it was too much for him to where he was thinking too much instead of just playing football. So yea, he was in over his head.

    I think with Burnett back we see a lot better defensive showing against the Lions, a game, where we actually have a chance to win if they don’t give it away.

  8. Big B

    Reminds me of Bryce Paup, who signed with Buffalo when the Packers wouldn’t re-up, and was DPOY the following year. That one’s not on Ted though.

  9. Shawn

    Unfortunately, when the decision was made this offseason to not offer Hyde a contract, the decision makers did not have the benefit of seeing the first half of this season beforehand. Last season, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had five INTs and made a Pro Bowl. So, you are suggesting that coming off that season the Packers should have benched Dix and paid Hyde the money to take his spot? That is batshit crazy talk.
    I am a big Micah Hyde fan. Love that guy. But ask 32 GMs in the league to choose between Micah Hyde and Clinton-Dix and I bet all 32 take Clinton-Dix. Not sure if that makes Ted a moron or not.

  10. MMTTDCSUCK

    I truly believe that Capers does not always plan and scheme for his individual talent that he has, but rather compels his players to DO exactly what he schemes, not considering that some of his players are not anywhere near the talent level nor cognitive level he blindly assumes each player must be for each “scheme”

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