- Move the Defensive Line - Don't Use Static Rushes
It's common to hear about defensive line 'twists' and 'stunts' - but this is usually noted when analyzing how teams us their defensive line when defending the pass. But line stunts and twists are common against the run as well and I think the Packers will utilize them to great effect against the Ravens and what I expect to be a pretty heavy dose of Rice, McGahee and McClain. The Packers would be well served to get B.J. Raji a season high number of snaps along with rookie Jarius Wynn. (I would, um, leave Michael Montgomery on the bench...) Along with numbers, Capers should use a liberal amount of line stunts and movement in general up front. Twists and stunts along with line slants one way while bringing Hawk and Barnett the other way. Create as much movement up front as possible - I think Raji and Jenkins in particular can do some damage if they can break free on the backside running plays down from behind as seen below by Raji against Dallas:
Of course, the line movement shouldn't be limited to the running game. Look for Jolly and Jenkins on passing downs to work right to left to try and open up things up the middle for Barnett and company. The Steelers were successful with this a couple times against the Ravens last Sunday night.
Notice how the linemen don't shoot gaps at the snap of the ball but simply engage and slide with the offensive line. This is the thing that Jenkins was complaining about earlier in the year. But it's exactly what this defense calls for on occasion and you can tell the guys in the trenches have come on board at some point over the course of the last three weeks. I expect to see a lot of movement upfront on defense on Monday night from the front seven and the defensive line in particular.
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