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All Entries in the "Packer Defense" Category

Capers Has '09 Secondary Issues Sorted

Capers Has '09 Secondary Issues Sorted

Dom Capers has done an excellent job fixing one of the Packers biggest problem areas from the 2009 season.

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week 8 Defense

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week 8 Defense

Two keys for the defense heading into the game with the Jets on Sunday.

Neal, Poppinga, Most Likely Done for the Season

Neal, Poppinga, Most Likely Done for the Season

Two more members of the defense could be headed to injured reserve.

McCarthy Won't Name Starter Opposite Collins

McCarthy Won't Name Starter Opposite Collins

Mike McCarthy refused to name his starting strong safety for Sunday nights game against the Vikings.

Using Jenkins At OLB In Subpackages Makes Sense

Using Jenkins At OLB In Subpackages Makes Sense

With injuries starting to take their toll, the Packers need to get their best players on the field. And lining up Cullen Jenkins opposite Clay Matthews may be in their best interests.

Lions Expose Chinks In Packers Defensive Armor

Lions Expose Chinks In Packers Defensive Armor

Quarterback Shaun Hill and the Lions racked up 431 total yards on the Packers defense, which struggled in Green Bay's 28-26 win over Detroit.

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Three Defense

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Three Defense

Two defensive keys heading into Monday nights game against the Bears.

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Two Defense

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Two Defense

Aaron takes a look at key defensive points for this weekends game against the Bills.

CheeseheadTV Matchup: Week One Defense

CheeseheadTV Matchup: Week One Defense

Aaron looks at a couple of defensive keys heading into the game against the Eagles on Sunday.

Capers Is The Key To A Super Bowl Run

Capers Is The Key To A Super Bowl Run

Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy are counting on Dom Capers to make the necessary adjustments to help fuel a Super Bowl run.

Defense Attempts To Find Identity With Missing Pieces

Defense Attempts To Find Identity With Missing Pieces

Bearing in mind the defense was without five starters from last year's team and had to start three rookies, they performed admirably against Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Dr. Strangelackofblitz or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Defense

Dr. Strangelackofblitz or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Defense

Packer fans love to worry. There's just no need to yet when it comes to the defense.

Notebook: Defense Struggles But Misses Key Pieces

Notebook: Defense Struggles But Misses Key Pieces

With Charles Woodson, Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones all out of the lineup, the first-string defense predictably struggled.

The Dom Capers Bag Of Tricks

The Dom Capers Bag Of Tricks

As usual, there seems to be a never-ending supply of defensive schemes and surprises at the disposal of Dom Capers.

What's With The Cushion In the Secondary?

What's With The Cushion In the Secondary?

Again and again on Saturday night we saw the secondary giving the Browns' receivers huge cushions. Why?

Poppinga A Quiet Surprise

Poppinga A Quiet Surprise

While much attention has been paid to the move of Brandon Chillar to the outside, Brady Poppinga has quietly had an excellent camp.

The More Things Change...

The More Things Change...

Dom Capers will not sleep well tonight after watching all the same issues pop-up for his defense against the Browns.

Preseason Questions To Be Answered

Preseason Questions To Be Answered

Aaron looks at five questions he'd like answered over the course of the preseason.

Matthews Pretty Pedestrian So Far

Matthews Pretty Pedestrian So Far

Clay Matthews has been solid but far from spectacular so far in camp.

Short-Yardage Defense Could Be A Force

Short-Yardage Defense Could Be A Force

Having Ryan Pickett, B.J. Raji, Justin Harrell and Cullen Jenkins all on the field at the same time provides an imposing defensive front.

Poppinga Undeterred With Chillar At Outside Linebacker

Poppinga Undeterred With Chillar At Outside Linebacker

With Brandon Chillar practicing with the first-string defense at outside linebacker the past two days, Brady Poppinga has been relegated to playing second fiddle.

Improve From Within: Dom Capers

Improve From Within: Dom Capers

Dom Capers needs to blitz more. It's a cliche, but only because its true.

Pass Coverage Proves Problematic

Pass Coverage Proves Problematic

The personnel at cornerback and inside linebacker remain largely unchanged from a year ago. Can they improve in an area that was exposed by veteran quarterbacks a year ago?

Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter?

The nose tackles on the Packers' roster are comparatively small in stature, but is that just coincidence?

Jenkins and Chillar Get Work At OLB

Jenkins and Chillar Get Work At OLB

Both Cullen Jenkins and Brandon Chillar were taking some snaps at outside linebacker during today's practice.

Poppinga Attacks the English Language

Poppinga Attacks the English Language

Jason Wilde's story on the competition between Brad Jones and Brady Poppinga is not to be missed.

Offseason Moves Point To More Man Coverage

Offseason Moves Point To More Man Coverage

Dom Capers must adjust his coverage schemes to fit the personnel on hand, rather than forcing them to play zone coverage - poorly.

Packers Counting On Capers

Packers Counting On Capers

The Packers like to preach "improve from within" when talking about the younger players on their roster. It's starting to look like that mantra extends to the coaching staff as well.

New Players Will Only Help Capers So Much

New Players Will Only Help Capers So Much

With the NFL Draft only three days away, Packer fans everywhere have visions of new linebackers and defensive backs being added to the roster and making a not-inconsiderable difference right away, most hopefully in the area of pass defense, what with the much-publicized problems Dom Capers' unit had against "veteran quarterbacks" that spread the team out and threw all over the yard last year. Some new players will help, it's true. But more importantly, Capers having a full offseaon to evaluate the talent on hand and match their talents to what he asks them to do will  have just as much, if not more of an impact. As indicated above, Packer fans can recite by rote the phrase that appears in almost every season recap of the 2009 Green Bay Packers - "they had trouble against teams with savvy veteran quarterbacks that spread the field". This is true of course, but going back and rewatching the season (as I am prone to do) something jumped out at me. First of all, the problems to come were foreshadowed in the 49er game especially after Al Harris went down. And as far as I know, Alex Smith has never been confused with a "savvy veteran".  Now, yes, it's hard to blame Capers for what guys like Jarrett Bush and Brandon Underwood do or don't do well when thrown into the middle of a game and where he is forced to gameplan on the fly knowing what he does about their capabilities. But watching that game again, I was reminded how Capers, at times, could really struggle to find a playcalling rhythm once Harris went out. And it may have affected his ability to recognize what the 49ers were doing.

Barnett In the Mix As An Outside Rusher

Barnett In the Mix As An Outside Rusher

Been meaning to post this for awhile, pretty much since Jason Wilde mentioned it on one of his many radio appearances shortly after the NFC Coaches breakfast. Of course, waiting has meant that I've been beaten to the punch, so to speak, by Brian - among others. Yes, Mike McCarthy mentioned having Brandon Chillar (been there, done that) and Nick Barnett rush the passer from the outside. McCarthy: We’re going to try to be creative with those guys, keeping those guys on the field in sub. I think both Nick and Brandon Chillar have outside pass-rush ability. I’m not saying we’re going to do it all the time, but it’s definitely an option for us that we’ve talked about. I'm not sure I'm completely sold on Barnett rushing from the outside linebacker position. What I like about what Barnett does in the A Gap blitzes is how he uses his athleticism to weave through the wash and get to the quarterback. When presented with a one-on-one matchup, he rarely wins and usually does his best A.J. Hawk impression, giving his man a shake - which does nothing - and then barreling into the guy, completely negating himself in the process.

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