In a bold move on draft day, GM Ted Thompson went out of the box and moved up in the first round to solidify his new 3-4 defense. he selected Linebacker Clay Matthews out of USC. The brilliance of this move was not realized right away, but the turn around of the defense a few weeks into the season has put it in the fore front.
Matthews had my vote for, Defensive Rookie of the Year. Finishing third is not bad but he has put his stamp on helping turn around a defensive that has them in the playoffs. Brian Cushing had an outstanding season for the Texans, recording 134 tackles, 5 sacks and 4 ints. Matthews on the other hand finished with 51 tackles, 10 sacks and 1 TD. If you watch the Packers play and you watch Matthews he is in on every play, a constant disruption in the back field.
My guess is at least ten of those tackles have come for loses, and the amount of hurries he puts on the opposing QBs, I can only guess a handful of those have led to interceptions down field a stat the Packers led the league in. Matthews a walk-on at USC, has walked on the pro football field and has changed the image of the Packers new 3-4 defense and the sky is the limit for this team and this kid as a pro. My Defensive Rookie of the Year, Clay Matthews.