From Clay Matthews being awarded the NFL's Defensive MVP award to Ricky Elmore not so much as even being asked to be on the practice squad, we take a look at the best and worst possible outcomes for the outside linebackers in 2011.
Clay Matthews earns first-team All-Pro honors in our best-case scenario, while Brad Jones is a failed experiment as an everyday stater in our worst. Read on to find out what else could be in store for the outside linebackers.
Ted Thompson has clearly committed to the teams "improve from within" mantra. He has a team that went from 6-10 to a Wild-Card berth and a first round exit in the playoffs. That's improvement. But the next step is the toughest - ensuring the team doesn't experience the terrible slide that saw it spiral from a 13-3 Championship game participant to the aforementioned 6-10 squad.
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