Desperate to patch the holes in their NFL-worst run defense, the Green Bay Packers got innovative this season.
They thought inside the box.
At the midway point of the season, after giving up 172 yards rushing in a 44-23 loss at New Orleans, they moved Clay Matthews from outside to inside linebacker for a significant chunk of the snaps. It was a risky move with the team's best pass rusher but paid off.
The statistical impact was dramatic, with the Packers going from 32nd against the run in the first eight games (153.5 yards per game) to sixth in the last eight (86.4).
"I think if you look at the change of where we were in Week 8 and bye week into now, and...