Originally Posted by D.T.
The Packers released AJ Hawk. When you're in a division that's notorious for being bad at defense across the board, it's always smart to jettison your best tacklers.
No, this is wrong.....look, the press releases are putting a shine on the turd by tallying AJ Hawk's tackle totals. Sure, he made the Pro Bowl once, but aside from maybe a game or 2 over his entire 9 yr career, the guy was never really an impact player. I refer to it as playing downhill - delivering the blow, getting into the other team's backfield and disrupting plays, etc. That never happened. At his best, he was a steadying influence who kept 4 yd gains from rupturing into something bigger. He was always exploitable in coverage.
For the bulk of his career, he was pretty much an average player; the last couple years, he was an absolute negative on defense. All that said, he is/was apparently a great character guy, took terrific care of himself, never complained, and showed up every week. Good luck to him, but there aren't many GB fans weeping about him leaving. GB also cut Brad Jones, which means they've gutted their ILB position, and it was long overdue - it was the WORST spot on their defense last year, and possibly the year before (and "possibly" is saying something when their safeties had zero ints in 2013; it's arguable because S Morgan Burnett is a decent player but was off his game due to whoever they tried at the other S being horrible; with Clinton-Dix next to him, Burnett played much better).