Morgan Burnett Wants to Return, Clinton-Dix Should Go

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Morgan Burnett

Every impending free agent who has played for the Green Bay Packers for some time seems to say this at this time of the year. However, safety Morgan Burnett actually sounds sincere.

“When you’ve been in a place for so long, you put your heart and soul into something going on (nine seasons), it’s going to be tough if it plays out another way. And then, at the same time, you’re excited because it’s exciting to know and a blessing to know that (there’s) other teams that are going to pursue you and other teams that might want you. That’s always a good thing, to be wanted in the NFL.”

It’s unclear if the Packers have any intent on re-signing Burnett at this point. While safety would seemingly be one of their deepest positions with the likes of Josh Jones, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Marwin Evans, Kentrell Brice and Jermaine Whitehead, Burnett was overwhelmingly the best safety the Packers had in 2017.

Clinton-Dix was a straight-up bum. Evans fell out of favor. Brice was injured. Whitehead played okay in some limited late-season opportunity. Jones played like a rookie.

Further complicating Burnett’s future with the Packers are a couple other factors. Most of us have long thought Clinton-Dix and Burnett played the same position… only they didn’t with the Packers. Clinton-Dix can’t cover anyone, routinely blows assignments and fails to communicate when asked to play deep centerfield.

Frankly, he’s dumb. He lacks awareness and doesn’t seem to have the mental capacity to know he lacks awareness. He coasts on his Alabama and first-round draft pick status.

The Packers could try to replace Burnett with Clinton-Dix. The former played more up toward the line of scrimmage, a place where Clinton-Dix might be better utilized. Then he wouldn’t have to think. He’d just have to react.

But then who plays deep?

Jones is also better suited to fill the Burnett role near the line. He struggled mightily in coverage during his inaugural season.

Our feeling is the Packers won’t make a huge push to re-sign Burnett. His replacement(s) are in house. However, if that is the case, they’re giving up their best safety — just like a year ago when they let Micah Hyde walk.

We were a proponent of the Packers re-signing Hyde and having him replace Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s lethargic ass. That proved to be the right call after Hyde made the Pro Bowl with the Bills in 2017, but Ted Thompson would never replace a first-round draft pick he made with a fourth-rounder. Can’t admit that mistake.

Regardless, Burnett isn’t a playmaker. His interception or passes defensed numbers have never been notable. However, he is assignment sure, reliable and seemingly the only guy in the secondary that can communicate with other guys in the secondary.

Imagine if the Packers leave that up to that buffoon Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in 2018. We got a one-game preview of that in 2017 and it was a disaster.

This train has already rolled on down the line. The Packers’ safeties should have been and should be Morgan Burnett and Micah Hyde. Clinton-Dix should be out on his ass, just like the safety who was drafted before him, Calvin Pryor, was last season.

Some teams aren’t afraid to cut high draft picks when they suck. I’ll take the solid play of Burnett over this damn clown any day.

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18 Comments on "Morgan Burnett Wants to Return, Clinton-Dix Should Go"

  1. Nick Collins, I Miss You...

    I’d like to see their performance under the new D-coordinator. Hyde and Heyward were fantastic under Capers, and now they are pro bowlers. Clinton-Dix could turn it around too. Burnett is simply a casualty of age as a safety in the NFL.

  2. PF4L

    “We were a proponent of the Packers re-signing Hyde and having him replace Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s lethargic ass. That proved to be the right call after Hyde made the Pro Bowl with the Bills in 2017…..”

    Uh huh.

  3. Carl DeLuca

    For all the heat HaHa takes, he was rated as an average safety this past year. Also, I would think people would learn by now that cutting players after a down year isn’t always the best choice. See Adams, Crosby and Burnett. Besides, if Haha is cut, who replaces him? Makes no sense to cut without suitable replacement.

  4. cz

    If cutting expensive underachieving primadonnas allows the team more salary cap room to sign the overachieving nobodys, like Round: 6 Pick: 199 Tom Brady, then drop the lazy expensive ones and win the bidding for the ones playing to prove they belong

  5. Jtrott89

    This is the dumbest article and the comments are worst, y’all sound like the same people who wanted Adams cut and Jeff janis start, it’s was a down year, back in 2016 everyone was praising him

  6. Savage57

    Guy goes after opposing players like they have Ebola – can’t get far enough away from them fast enough.

    Never saw a defensive player invest as much energy avoiding contact as Ha Ha Chicken Dix did last season.


  7. Cheese

    Why does Haha look so much like Eddie Murphy? Because the the dude is a joke, and it is no laughing matter.

  8. Mitch Anthony

    I remember the year he was drafted. There were people late in the year prior who were pissed the team was winning out at the end because they were going to hurt our drafting potential. Many of those people wanted GB to get Clinton-Dix and thought the Packers were playing themselves out of contention for his pick. Clinton-Dix was projected to go higher in the draft and he actually fell to GB. Most people at the time were happy and thought he’d be a difference maker coming in.

    Not so much I guess. For all the early hype and promise, it just has been underwhelming.

    Between Clinton-Dix and Eddie Lacy, Alabama hasn’t been good for GB in recent years.

    • KILLER

      That is a fantastic nickname! Well done. Can’t think of a better one.

      OK, what does the Vikings fan have to say about this player controversy?

      1. Always thought he did not really “fall” to the Packers — he was over-drafted. Alabama is a hype machine and most teams have caught on to it — See Reed, Jarran, and Robinson, A’Shawn. Alabama thought they should be mid 1st rounders. Why? Because “Alabama, baby!” (Remind you of anyone… anyone named Monty?) But wise teams saw through that and said, wait, they are good but, c’mon, one sack a season? TT did not see through the Alabama BS on Clinton-Dix. Quittin’ Dix!

      2. He is not dumb. He “liked” Anthony Barr’s post pointing out what an ass Aaron Rodgers is. So, clearly he is not dumb and is rather wise, at least to Rodgers’ manipulative double-standard world-revolves-around-me ways.

      3. That play above is gonna be hard to live down. But, in his defense, the Packers were trying to tank that game. And he sure helped them succeed in that foul endeavor. A real coach’s player!

      He’ll always be Quittin’ Dix to me. Quittin’ Dix on the Cheatin’ Packers.

  9. Kato

    I bet HHCD has a big year next year. It’s his contract year. The packers will then hand him big money. Then he will promptly suck. I am calling it now.

  10. Gort

    The trick is to know when to cut your losses and the Packers under stubborn TT never did that. That must change soon. Maybe a bold statement would a draft day trade to get rid of the bad joke that Ha Ha has become.

    Many of us still have little or no faith in the leadership of Murphy. If this shit show continues, then MM and his new GM both must go.

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