Under former Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders, the Packers were terrible when it came to tackling the ball carrier. Things have turned around under current coordinator Dom Capers, but today against the Atlanta Falcons the Packers reverted to an undisciplined style of defensive football.
Ryan Pickett summed it up perfectly after the game:
One of the keys in tight games like this is the turnover difference and the team that plays the best fundamental defense. I don’t think we tackled well today. We’re normally a solid tackling team, and we gave them a lot of second chance, third chances we shouldn’t have given them.
The worst display came on a 3rd and 19 when Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli took a short dump off pass and rumbled 16 yards, but only after Charles Woodson and Charlie Peprah made two pathetic attempts at tackles by diving at Mughelli's feet. I recognize its a fullback against members of the secondary - but you simply have to square up on the guy. Sure you might get dragged for a yard or two until the calvary arrives, but going to the turf and completely missing the guy is inexcusable and it kept happening all afternoon. The display against Mughelli was especially discerning in light of Frank Zombo's similar breakdown against Minnesota last week. Packer fans can only hope this isn't the beginning of a trend.
One thing is for sure, Capers will have plenty of film to make "corrections" this week.
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