The following day of cornerback Sam Shields release, Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix decided paid homage to Shields via Instagram. Shields was the lone veteran corner and only member of the secondary to play in a Pro Bowl until Clinton-Dix earned a spot this year. Clearly displeased with the decision, Clinton-Dix wrote critically of defensive coordinator Dom Capers:
“Thank you for lining up and playing whatever Dom capers called rather WE liked it or not you was all in.”
Here is the full post:
????I only give respect when respect is due and Soulja ima miss ya. Thank you for showing me the game on the field and wit des Babies. Thank you for showing me what real is and being solid. Shields thank you for showing up every game and never complaining. Thank you for always stepping up to the plate at any giving time. Thank you for having my back. Thank you for lining up and playing whatever Dom capers called whether WE liked it or not you was all in. Thank you for being 1K and showing me what representing the G is all about and always remaining the same you told me stay down till my time came and it's here. I'll never look back or stoop down to fit in with nobody who ain't on my level I love you G dawg. As long as I'm in this league and you free up from the family and baby girls We hangin live the game you love through me. I'm gone get loose. God100 ENJOY YOUR DOWN TIME BRUDDA! BOUNCE BACK!!!! S A L U T E S O U L J A 37 Cheesehead 4eva thanks for paving the Way STICK. #Samshields37 #God100 #Cheesehead #Gopackgo #MIAMI #SOTAMADE #SPEEDKILLS #100 #BRUDDA4eva
Capers has been under fire recently due poor defensive play, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy assured everyone he would return in 2017. Capers defense ranked 22nd in 2016.
The release of Shields was not met with much animosity by spectators after he essentially missed the entire 2016 season. After suffering his fourth concussion in seven years in Green Bay it became too high of a risk. Headaches plagued Shields the entire year preventing doctors from clearing him to return to the field. It did not help he was charged with marijuana possession in January.
Clinton-Dix’s sympathy toward a veteran who showed him the ropes is admirable, however subtle jabs toward your play caller are uncanny.
It can be argued Capers called in questionable schemes throughout the season expecting first and second year corners to communicate well in zone coverage. But, in his defense he faced a tall task trying to overcome injuries. He better assure that him and his rising star safety are on the same page.