The Packers are among the NFL's leaders in sacks this season and generally have been for much of Capers' tenure in Titletown.
Currently, the Packers rank third in the league with 38 sacks, tied with the New Orleans Saints. Last year they ranked fourth with 47 sacks.
Since 2010, the Packers have accumulated 161 sacks, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span, behind the St. Louis who are No. 1 with 171.
But the fact that the Rams rank No. 1 in the league since 2010 goes to show how little the cumulative amount of sacks means to the success of a team. The Rams haven't had a winning season in the past four years and not surprisingly, haven't qualified for the playoffs either.
It's actually been over the course of the past month that the Packers have racked up a high percentage of their sacks, over the same stretch they've played their worst football of 2013.
With 14 sacks over the last four games, the Packers defense is ranked No. 2 in the NFL over that timeframe.
Of course, the last four games also coincide with the loss of Aaron Rodgers due to a broken collarbone. Minus Rodgers, the Packers offense has been stalling, they've been punting more often, and the defense has been on the field for a longer period of time.
Through the first seven games of the season, the Packers defense had been on the field for an average 60.7 plays per game, whereas the last five games (including the game Rodgers started but left after only one series) they've been on the field for an average of 10 more snaps per game, 70.8.
When you're on the field more often, it stands to reason that you're going get a few more sacks.
Defensive success is more closely related to coming away with turnovers, which the Packers haven't done very well this season. Green Bay has only 14 takeaways, which ranks tied for 27th in the NFL.
All this isn't to say there haven't been some silver linings for the Packers defense this season. They've been able to get after opposing quarterbacks without Clay Matthews being the far and away leader.
It's been a true team effort for the Packers this season with at least 13 players contributing at least one sack, which ranks tied for third in the NFL. They also have seven players with at least three sacks, tops in the league in 2013.
Despite missing four full games and parts of a few others, Matthews leads the way with six sacks this season, followed by Mike Daniels with 5.5, A.J Hawk with five and Nick Perry with four. Brad Jones, Datone Jones and Mike Neal each have added three sacks.
The secondary is also chipping in with four defensive backs with at least one full sack, a statistic that ranks No. 2 in the NFL. Tramon Williams has 2.5 sacks, but Micah Hyde, Davon House and M.D. Jennings all have one as well.
In order to have success moving forward, it's important for the Packers defense to play well in all phases of the game. The Packers might have a good pass rush, but it means little when the run defense is getting gashed.
It's also incumbent upon the secondary to capitalize on the pressure and hurries created by the pass rush. Several easy interceptions have been dropped by the likes of House and Williams this season.
Right now, ranking among the NFL's leaders in sacks means little to a team mired in a five-game losing streak. Moral victories would eagerly be traded for actual victories, the type that keep the Packers alive in the chase for a spot in the playoffs.
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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