I've been thinking. In a 3-4 nose tackle and linebacker are extremely critical positions. We have to sort out nose since Raji seems to not want to play football anymore, but I feel like we have the talent to excel at Linebacker. Today on the radio one of the analysts described the three "A"s: Ability, Agility, and Availability. And as we all know availability is a liability for our Packers. One player of note is Clay Matthews who will miss a quarter of the season usually due to "hamstring" problems. The thing is he is the best linebacker on the team. He has the ability to sniff out the ball, make tackles, he's probably the best coverage linebacker we have, and as we all know he has brute strength. The problem is his availability every season due to his injuries. His hamstring problems can be traced to the amount of stress he puts on them driving blockers backwards with his brute strength. While he is very good at being a pass rusher I can't help but think his talent is being wasted as an OLB. You've seen he has had much greater effect of pass rushing from stunt plays where he moves to the second level or if he stunts around to the other side. When he is an OLB he usually gets double teamed. I think the effectiveness of our defense would increase greatly by having our best player involved on every possible situation and for that he should be playing inside linebacker. If he plays inside linebacker that would ease the strain on his hamstrings, and put him closer to the point of attack and let him be at the second level to keep track of the ball. When he blitzes he will likely be blocked by a back or a TE or single team OL which he should be able to win the mismatch easily. To me this is a no brainer. You might say: why would we want to take away out best pass rusher? I say why waste our most physically gifted and intelligent players on a brute force role? The man has high football IQ let him use it. We can draft another Neal type player to be a more dedicated rusher. I think with Hawk and Matthews in the middle, it makes for a NFL elite ILB duo that can control the line of scrimmage and the flats.
the other thing is Micah Hyde seems to be Prototypical safety material. He's good in coverage, a sure tackler and has cornerback speed to boot. And if you look at the guy he is exactly Butler/Collins body type. They need to move him to safety straight away so he can have a chance to develop there.