NFL News of September 25, 2003

The Packers made a sizable investment in their defensive line the past two offseasons. Three games into the season they aren’t getting much of a return.

The $95 million trio of ends Joe Johnson and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt has gotten to the quarterback exactly once and has not had a sack since Week 1.

The three sacks – a team sack and one apiece by Gbaja-Biamila and linebacker Hannibal Navies – is tied for 29th in the NFL with Chicago, which has played one fewer game.

The biggest cause for concern in Sunday’s loss to Arizona wasn’t the fact that the Packers failed to get to Cardinals quarterback Jeff Blake. It was the lack of pressure they put on him. Blake finished 20-for-31 for 273 yards and had plenty of time to operate.

—Judd Zulgad, The Star Tribune “Too few sacks for the bucks; The Packers’ three highest-paid defensive linemen have only one sack this season”

Joe Johnson was released after the 2003 season. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2003 and spent his entire 8 year career with the Packers. Hunt was released after the 2004 season and did not appear in another NFL game.

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