Blake Martinez: Packers don’t value inside linebackers as much as other teams

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Linebacker Blake Martinez accepted a three-year, $30 million contract offer from the Giants during the negotiating window ahead of the start of the new league year earlier this month and he spoke to reporters about that decision on a Monday conference call.

One of the questions that Martinez answered had to do with whether he was surprised that the Packers didn’t make a stronger push to keep him in Green Bay. Martinez started every game for the Packers over the last three years, but he said it was clear from discussions with the team that they weren’t going to go as far as the Giants’ offer.

“I think the way they value the inside linebacker position especially in that defense, it wasn’t as valued as other places I guess in my opinion,” Martinez said. “Overall, it was one of the things where they offered me, and we were just in different wave lengths on where I valued myself and where they valued it. At the end of the day, it was one of the decisions that had to be made on both sides. It’s a business and right now I am extremely happy where I am and can’t wait to start playing for the Giants and finally get into the facility.”

Martinez was also asked about a lack of impact plays while in Green Bay and said it was a “misconception” that it isn’t part of his game. He said the Packers used him as a “clean-up crew guy” who would play off of others and “basically make them right.”

The contract he signed with the Giants suggests his new team views him differently and Martinez will have to prove them right on the field.

46 responses to “Blake Martinez: Packers don’t value inside linebackers as much as other teams

  1. Not a packer fan in the least but the packers were right to cut you Blake. I see your games twice a year and he stinks. He can’t cover anyone and almost all of his tackles are beyond the line of scrimmage. Like 5 yards deep into the defense.

  2. In all fairness, if a team has stellar play on the defensive line (especially DT), you don’t necessarily need pro-bowl caliber play at inside linebacker. Last offseason, the Packers invested heavily in their DL and their defense was much better so their philosophical view of defensive positions was proven justified.

  3. He reminds me of Shea McClellin when Chicago moved him (finally) to a cerebral and proper 3-4 MLB spot. BB then used him mostly as a weakside 3-4 extra OLB/Safety type guy where he lost some weight in the process to do it. It’s sort of how Jerod Mayo would direct traffic so to speak and set others up to make the bigger plays.

    Martinez is good, but not 10 mil per year good. No way.

    The Campbell guy who left Atlanta and went to Arizona for 1 year at 8.5. Huge over-payment. Those guys are like 5-6 mil per guys.

    Your essentially seeing a guy like an Adrian Phillips or an Obi Melifonwu type at 6’2/6’3 235 become valuable weakside Rover LB/Safety hybrid pieces or like strategic chess pieces where you don’t need a LB to weigh 250 anymore, at least down the middle.

    You still want your edge 3-4 OLBs to take on some girth and size so they can hold up and help seal the edge.

  4. It’s hard to undervalue an inside/off-ball linebacker whose average tackle is 4.7 yards after the LOS and can’t cover most running backs.

  5. Blake and Mike Pettine were/are close and both speak very highly of eachother. With team facilities being closed we won’t be able to have Mike Pettine explain his defense to all of you. This is a team that was 13-3 in the regular season and then reached the NFC Championship Game. The defense did not perform well in the NFC Championship game and indeed some changes were made. Blake is one of those changes. That does not mean he sucks.

    Blake is a very good player and some of this is taken out of context and is basically a player defending himself from a reporter asking him something that is a “misconception” about him as a player.

    The Giants are lucky to have Blake and we wish him well there. The Packers are happy to have Christian Kirksey and may be adding to the ILB position in the draft. I can tell you that Gute, Pettine, and LaFleur are also very high on Oren Burks, Curtis Bolton, and Ty Summers at ILB.

  6. Unfortunately for Blake, the Giants don’t value offensive linemen as much as other teams.

    Enjoy going 6 and 10 and seeing your QB lead the league with 20+ fumbles.

  7. No way this guy is worth ten million year, giants and their fans will find out doon enough. Always a step late, always chasing guys from behind, grab tackling. He’s basically AJ Hawk part two, and no Blake, that’s not a compliment. Packers do value ILBs, but only good ones…..

  8. I don’t think that the buckets of wet cement that Martinez runs in will be any lighter in NY than they were in Green Bay.

  9. Well now Blake made a very interesting statement. My assessmentof him was likemostof you, that he was always late to the play. He just said that was part of the scheme that the team asked him to play. With so much movement this year, i hope that we have a season so that i can how some guys fare in their new cities.

  10. I have been a Packers fan since 1960. Here’s my view of Blake Martinez:
    PROS — Good guy. Plays hard on every down. Smart player. Tackling machine.
    CONS — Not very fast or quick. Below average coverage skills. Not a cement wall against
    RB’s, but will get them on the ground after a few yards. Not a blitzing threat.
    GRADE 1 TO 10: I’d give him a 6. The Giants overpaid him big time.
    PLAYER I’D COMPARE HIM TO: Former Packers LB’er A.J. Hawk. Hawk was a solid player who was similar to Martinez in that he never did anything great but always showed up to play.

  11. Personally, I’ve always believed that Martinez was better suited as a 4-3 MLB.
    A very good leader with experience, a tackling machine, who was a bit of a liability in coverage.

    The Giants are getting a very good player at the peak of his career.
    The question is, will he be worth the contract?
    The Packers realized early on that they wouldn’t match the market and will try and upgrade through the signing of Kirksey and the draft, with former 3rd round pick, Burks, and a few other candidates to battle it out.

    I realize that Blake’s disappointed that GB didn’t make a credible offer.
    The day after the playoff loss to the 49ers, Martinez was choked up and fighting back tears as he cleaned out his Lambeau Field locker, thinking about the prospect that he’d played his last game as a Packer.
    It was a very emotional moment.

    A very striking difference than some other teams, where their stars actually scratch and claw their way off the teams and out of the states they were forced to play in.

  12. You realize you’re on a team that hates defense?
    ——
    Your team scored 10 points on that defense last time they played.

  13. Average to below average inside linebackers aren’t highly valued by anyone. It’s healthy to have a high opinion of yourself, so I can’t blame the kid, but he’s no Ray Nitschke.

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 30, 2020 at 9:34 pm
    Did Packer fans do their studying before bashing blake?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Did Viking fans wish, hope, and pray enough before the Vikings lost half their starters?

  15. 49ers fans everywhere are sorry to see Martinez go. Kyle abused him over and over and over. Any time Kyle needed a play to work he dialed up a play against Martinez who was constantly a day late and a dollar short. Mediocre LB who’s unlikely to see the same success, fleeting as it was, as he had with the Packers.

  16. But…but…but last offseason Blake was the best LB in the division according to Packer fans. What happened here? When you can turn on Bret Favre, you can turn on anyone. Fake fans.

  17. Sometimes I wonder if people can read – or understand football. Blake is constantly criticized for tackling runners down the field. He clearly stated that under their system, he had no specific gap responsibility; he had to clean up runners that other players let through.
    If he had been able to meet them in a specific gap at the line of scrimmage, that “down the field” statistic would have changed.
    You can criticize him for coverage, but the late tackles criticism is bogus.

  18. Alan Light says:
    March 31, 2020 at 1:21 pm
    But…but…but last offseason Blake was the best LB in the division according to Packer fans. What happened here? When you can turn on Bret Favre, you can turn on anyone. Fake fans.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Blake was the No.1 ranked ILB in the NFL, but not “according to Packer fans.” It was according to the NFL, you know, the folks that own the show.

    Look it up.

  19. Alan Light says:
    March 31, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    But…but…but last offseason Blake was the best LB in the division according to Packer fans. What happened here?

    +++++

    To recap, after last offseason the Packers shot out to the division lead and the Vikings chased them unsuccessfully all season, finishing 3 games behind the Packers.

    Secondly what actually happened to the Zimmer dynasty? Was it postponed?, Has it started yet? Did it end? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  20. I agree the Pack was wise to let him go, as modern defenses need MLBs with more mobility.

    And even though the Vikes made the playoffs 3 of the last 5 years and won as many playoff games last year as the Pack, who said anything about a Zimmer dynasty packertruth? Is the Pack now a dynasty cause they’ve made the playoffs once in the last 3 years? The only dynasty in the NFL is (or was) in NE.

  21. And even though the Vikes made the playoffs 3 of the last 5 years and won as many playoff games last year as the Pack, who said anything about a Zimmer dynasty packertruth? Is the Pack now a dynasty cause they’ve made the playoffs once in the last 3 years? The only dynasty in the NFL is (or was) in NE.
    —–
    Packer fans need more studying before postign on here according to free. Maybe they also need to take a class?

  22. stellarperformance says:
    March 31, 2020 at 2:08 pm
    Alan Light says:
    March 31, 2020 at 1:21 pm
    But…but…but last offseason Blake was the best LB in the division according to Packer fans. What happened here? When you can turn on Bret Favre, you can turn on anyone. Fake fans.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Blake was the No.1 ranked ILB in the NFL, but not “according to Packer fans.” It was according to the NFL, you know, the folks that own the show.

    Look it up.
    ———
    Lol still going by that idea that number of tackles mean your the best! And yards make you the best passer too. Lol!!

  23. I’m using the NFL site and following the criteria they’ve established for ranking performance. What else do you want me to say?

  24. Blake belongs in a traditional 4 – 3 defense. He’s got some speed but he lacks in directional change and quickness. It didn’t help that the Defensive front line wasn’t good against the run. I know the Packers value Kenny Clark highly,… but I need to see better from him before unloading the Brinks truck at his feet.
    Another issue with Martinez was trying to shed blocks on run plays. If a guard or center got on him ,… he could get off the block. Good player,.. good tackler,.. but NY overpaid.
    He is a real good kid,… any father would be proud. A model citizen.

  25. It will be very interesting to take a look at rosters in the NFC North after the draft. I look at all 32 rosters in the NFL often and I very much like what I am seeing.

    The Lions, Vikings, and Bears have not gotton better so far this offseason. One could say all 3 have gotton worse. Those 3 teams have done nothing to get themselves closer to competing with the division champion Packers.

    I also like the chances of the man drafting for the Packers coming out on top after the 3 days of the draft as well. If you had to pick one GM out of Ryan Pace, Bob Quinn, Rick Spielman, and Brian Gutekunst to run your teams draft at this crucial time, who do you choose? If you are honest you would choose Gute to run your teams draft, and it’s not even a debate.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

  26. Yea, that 12th overall pick from last year sure made a lot of plays from the bench.
    Not to mention the decade of horrible drafting when Gute was Thompsons top advisor.
    I’ll stick with Spielman over Gute and its not even close.
    You did sign Ricky Wagner though, that was impressive.

  27. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 1, 2020 at 10:04 am
    I’ll stick with Spielman over Gute and its not even close.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I get it! It’s April Fools Day! Good one!

  28. I agree with a lot of the assements on Martinez. As far as the pack not paying him, the NFC tittle game was a showcase for his weaknesses. You needed a quick mlb in that game and Blake wasn’t it. I like the guy. The AJ Hawk comparison is dead on. But they have to upgrade there and money isn’t part of that equation

  29. packertruth says:
    April 1, 2020 at 1:16 pm
    Of the Vikings last 9 first round picks, just two are left on the Vikings.
    ____
    Actually it’s 3 of 9. Maybe you need more of that studying free is talking about for Packer fans posting on here.

  30. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season is still Aaron Rodgers.

    April Fools!

  31. The Giants won’t find you valuable after they seen how average you really are, Blake. Martinez was hyped up some in free agency. I never understood why.

  32. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season is still Aaron Rodgers. Unless, of course, somebody wishes to nominate someone else.

    As I assumed………nothing has changed.

  33. He had the most tackles in the NFL the last few years, but in most cases they were 6-8 yards downfield because he is slow, and frequently out of position, or misplayed the initial snap. He was rated by PFF somewhere like 58.7 in the NFL for middle linebackers even with all the tackles. He was a solid overachiever for the Pack. Glad for him he could fleece the Giants like he did.

  34. I’d say your pass rush, running game and the zebras had way more impact on your team winning the division than Rodgers who barely had 200 yrds passing in 10 games last year.

  35. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 9:43 am
    I’d say your pass rush, running game and the zebras had way more impact on your team winning the division than Rodgers who barely had 200 yrds passing in 10 games last year.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He still outperformed Cousins.

  36. stellarperformance says:
    April 2, 2020 at 2:41 pm
    Frazier28/7 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 9:43 am
    I’d say your pass rush, running game and the zebras had way more impact on your team winning the division than Rodgers who barely had 200 yrds passing in 10 games last year.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    He still outperformed Cousins.
    ——
    Well you said in the past you cant measure qbs by wins so lets throw that out. Then I guess to fit your rhetoric you also need to throw out Passer Rating, QBR, completion percentage, times sacked, yards per attempt, yards per completion – all of which aaron was outperformed in by a slightly above average Kirk Cousins. Rodgers was good but has been very pedestrian the last three years, before you whine about it injuries are part of the game.

  37. The packers made the right move here let Blake go. He was very poor in coverage and most of his tackles were well beyond the LOS. It had nothing to do with how the packers value the position. I think the packers value better play than Blake could provide the team. It is as simple as that but if you that makes you sleep better Blake go with the value story you made up.

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