Regular readers of this site (not to mention my Twitter feed) know that I have my issues with defensive coordinator Dom Capers. He runs way too much zone behind his blitzes (and yes, I understand this is the nature of a fire-zone team) and if I see another 3 man rush on third and long there’s a good possibility I will go postal.
These things notwithstanding, I think Capers deserves a ton of praise for the work he’s done the past two weeks with the motley crew he’s had assembled for him. When you’ve got T.J. Lang in on short yardage situations, well, you’re pretty much in uncharted territory as an NFL coach, but Capers has put together two excellent efforts against the Redskins and Dolphins.
Yes, it was beyond maddening to see Chad Henne have all day to throw, but it was clear the Dolphins were just going to max protect all day and let Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess work downfield, either finding holes in the zones, or waiting for them to clear on crossing routes when they were matched up man-to-man.
The play of Desmond Bishop and B.J. Raji has helped immensely, as both have played a ton of snaps at positions that have traditionally had a deep rotation in the Packers’ lineup. They have done yeoman’s work the past two weeks but especially yesterday.
If Capers gets Matthews, Pickett and Neal back this week, I like his chances at finally winning a matchup with Brett Favre.