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:
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.