Monday, August 13, 2012
Clay Matthews: Packers' pass rush is back
By Kevin Seifert
We spent much of the offseason discussing the Green Bay Packers' plan to add "juice" and improve the pass rush from their front seven. As we approach the three-week mark of training camp, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has seen enough.
Appearing on ESPN Radio's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," Matthews said the Packers' pass rush is "back" and has the team positioned to reclaim its spot among the NFL's better defensive teams.
"I think it's back for sure, definitely," Matthews said, "with the addition of Nick Perry on the opposite side of me. I mean, he's a big kid who is only going to push the pocket back. We've got some new characters, some new faces on the defensive line. Jerel Worthy, our second-round pick, has been playing real well. Mike Daniels out of Iowa has been playing well.
"We've added some free agents here who are definitely going to give this defense a spark. And that was definitely an area we need to address, and it's been a concern of ours, and it looks like we've got it back. So I look for us to get back up there with how we used to play on defense, and that's a top 5 defense."
You can listen to the entire interview via this podcast .