One of my biggest concerns when the Packers announced their intention to switch to a 3-4 scheme was the nose tackle position. I said then (and still worry now) that Ryan Pickett just isn't the kind of dominate player you need at the position for the Packers to be successful. I also think far too much has been made of the transition Aaron Kampman is going through while Pickett's transition has been completely whitewashed. I realize this is partly due to the perception that he's just a big guy bumping into other big guys, but believe me, going from a defensive tackle in a 4-3 to the nose tackle in a 30 front is a big change.
So it's nice to read things like this:
The common thread was the defense taking it to the offense for most of the live work. The quarterbacks spent a lot of time running out of the pocket. The running backs spent a lot of time on the ground at or behind the line of scrimmage. On one play, Aaron Rodgers was chased out of the pocket immediately when Ryan Pickett split a double team.
The Packers need to see a lot of that for this to work and now that his main backup, rookie BJ Raji, is holding out, Pickett's presence becomes even more valuable and important. He needs to be disruptive and demanding double teams on every play. If he can do that, this defense will have a chance at being truly dominant.
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