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As part of an improving defense, Hawk feels that the unit hasn't hit their potential yet, and that they are starting to get on the same page. A.J. Hawk was drafted in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Hawk has recorded 466 total tackles, 334 solo tackles and 132 assist tackles. In 72 games, he has averaged 6.7 total tackles, 4.8 solo tackles and 1.9 assist tackles per game. He also has 8.5 sacks, 7 interceptions and 116 yards after interception. Hawk's 466 total tackles rank 14th amongst linebackers since he entered the league in the 2006–07 season. Hawk states how he feels about the progression of the defense going into the playoffs and spoke to ESPN Milwaukee with Homer and Thunder on the subject. "We didn’t play very well last year, as a defense. We had to count on our offense to bail us out multiple times, and that’s just not a good feeling when you know that, for whatever reason, we just couldn’t get guys stopped. … We’re not even close to hitting our stride. We’re on our way though." "A whole lot hasn’t changed. Defense, I say it all the time, it’s not rocket science. We’re trying to tackle the guy with the ball. That’s all it is. I wouldn’t say we’ve changed up our scheme a whole lot. We haven’t done a whole lot of different things. … I think, just as a whole, we’re working better as a unit. It definitely takes 11 guys and we’re on the same page a lot more than we were last year and we’re not giving up a lot of big plays." var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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