Now I know this is way out there in Jim Marrs-land, but after I got done re-watching the Rams game last night, I couldn't help thinking that the blitz packages the Packers have run so far this season look awfully obvious and uncreative, especially the last two weeks. Yes, we saw one overload yesterday, which the Rams went away from for a big play. But other than three or four plays against the Bears, the Packers have been anything but the creative, attacking blitz team when it comes to third and long that Packer fans thought they would be seeing this year.
Now, of course, Capers has been quoted as saying that the Packers won't be a big pressure team just for the sake of it and that they will rarely, if ever, be bringing more than six guys, if that. His whole pitch has been that the design is meant to give the quarterback hesitation about where the blitz is coming from, rather than overwhelming the QB with numbers.
In Week One I would say we saw some of that, but the past two weeks, even when the opposition has been put into third and long, the pressure has barely been disguised, with LBs marching right up to the line of scrimmage and declaring their intentions well before the ball is snapped.
Again, this is Grassy Knoll territory here, but what if Capers and McCarthy have left things plain and vanilla on 3rd downs the past two weeks so that they can save some of the 'good stuff' for the Monday night showdown with Brent?
Of course, bringing creative blitzes on third and long requires that you put the opposition in, you know, third and long. And the Packers' run defense was anything but a brick wall yesterday, though I thought it was a bit of an improvement over what we saw against the Bengals. Yes, Jackson ran for over a hundred yards, but he never busted off that killer, back-breaking run that the good backs always seem to have against the Packers.
All that said, I realize this is a long, long, long shot. But I just get the feeling we'll be seeing quite a bit more from the pressure packages next Monday night than we've seen over the course of the first three weeks.
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