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Familiarity is King

Familiarity is King

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There are two big things that will help the Packers in 2009 and they both revolve around familiarity.

 

 

 

 

1. We’re used to the NFC North. I know that sounds simple but let me explain. There were no massive changes to any of the NFC North teams. Same old, same old. The Bears got Cutler. That’s about it. Otherwise, the Packers can prepare for those teams like usual. No big surprises or changes during the week leading up to those games. Buckle down, watch film, study, practice, and beat the team you’ve known for the previous 3-4 years like you usually do.

 

2A. 3-4 Familiarity. The other NFC North teams are 4-3 defenses and their offenses practice mostly against, yep, the 4-3 because that’s what they run. You think the Bears are going to be doing a lot of 3-4 practices this summer when they’re not going to run it in the season? The 3-4 will not just give those teams fits because it’s awesome and we have great players and a good DC, but because they just aren’t used to it. Lord knows we’ve had problems with it in the past. Now they’ll know what it felt like.

 

2B. 3-4 Familiarity. We’ve already started practicing the 3-4 defense. It’s our scheme now. Rodgers and the offense will get real familiar with the 3-4 soon and it’s a good thing because we play FOUR teams who run the 3-4. I’m tired of being on the losing end of games against the Cowboys. The 3-4 was always a key reason why. They run it well and we just aren’t that used to it. Gameplan and practice all you want that week, but they’ve been practicing it and gameplanning it for 5 months. It’s just damn hard to turn it on. Well we won’t need to hit a switch this year. We’ll know the drill. Aaron will smell the trouble coming this time where he might have missed it before. The blockers in the backfield will know their assignments well and not get confused as random linebackers attack. Our offensive coordinator said “Down the road it's going to pay dividends for us.” You hear that, Dallas? Dividends! It’s on, Dallas.

 

This Packers team isn’t stuck in a corner practicing ONE scheme or ONE system. Coach McCarthy said that we’ll be using more man blocking on the line as well as zone blocking. Best of both worlds. That helps the defense when teams give them both. They won’t go “durr, this is man blocking! We only did zone in practice!”

 

Dom Capers has said there will be a mix of man coverage and zone coverage. Best of both worlds. This is likely to help Al Harris who can get picked on by bigger receivers. It also sets them up to make big plays and confuse the playcallers on the other team. Capers is good at disguising looks and we have some of the best corners in the league along with some hard hitting safeties in Bigby, Rouse, and even Nick Collins.

 

We’ll be more prepared in 2009 than we have in any previous year I can remember.

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Graffin's picture

I agree with your second point. But your first I dunno. Getting Cutler might not be a massive change, but it's at least a large one. And while NFC north teams facing a 3-4 is the minority, how many games have our division rivals offensive players gone against 3-4 D's? How many games have our players run a 3-4 D? Think we'll all be learning, although we will have a bit a of a jump, a learning curve I guess, cause thats obviously our focus in the off season.

Dale Z's picture

"And while NFC north teams facing a 3-4 is the minority, how many games have our division rivals offensive players gone against 3-4 D’s?"

And how many struggled against it, just like we usually did, because we weren't familiar with it. Exactly!

Asshalo's picture

'This Packers team isn’t stuck in a corner practicing ONE scheme or ONE system. Coach McCarthy said that we’ll be using more man blocking on the line as well as zone blocking. Best of both worlds. That helps the defense when teams give them both. They won’t go “durr, this is man blocking! We only did zone in practice!”'

RBC just made a pretty interesting point about McCarthy maybe not switching. Preston basically said once he came he it was straight zone.

MrBacon's picture

#1 doesnt make any sense, nothing is familiar in a Divison Game. If it was familiar, then we would have gone 6-0 and made the playoffs. As much as I hate the bears and vikings, you have to give them credit that they were able to finish the job and win. With Favre and Cutler, they may not have the WRs, but they have the field pressence to do cadence and hot routes.

Pack93z's picture

I must say I am utterly shocked that this piece didn't contain some Favre bashing in it... +1 for the restraint shown here.

Good article.. but missing one element of the prep for the season.. how quickly when the whistle blows for real in September will the Packers feel completely "familiar" with the variations of running a new defensive scheme.. it will be that element at the forefront that will dictate how fast and strong we start the season.. yes the games in September count equally as important as those in December and January.

On offense, we are very familiar with the sets, plays and players.. it is the other side of the ball though.. the one under construction that we should be worried about.. not what other teams are doing, the defenses they will be running.. the weapons they have on offense.. we need to be focused on us as a team up until September.. screw the rest of the worries.. the game of whom will be leading the Vikes at QB.. all that means little other than getting this teams assignment ready.

Elmo's picture

Rodgers blows.

Bring back Favre for another 2 years and a SB run!

yeah!

(PS..TT also blows....)

Ben's picture

Quote: <blockquote cite="comment-3956">

<strong><a href="#comment-3956" rel="nofollow">Elmo</a></strong>: Rodgers blows.Bring back Favre for another 2 years and a SB run!yeah!(PS..TT also blows….)

</blockquote>

What a D-Bag. Did you watch last season at all? Rodgers outperformed Favre easily so I can only assume sarcasm.....or stupidity. Yeah probably stupidity.

Elmo's picture

Rodgers didn't do sh*t but rack up some yards.

He couldn't "win games", which is all that matters. If you don't understand this, I can only assume stupidity, on your part, pal.

Elmo's picture

Hurry back son, the school bell just rang!

Ty's picture

Oh your a real winner elmo. Thanks for the laugh.

Ty's picture

If you knew anything about real football you'd know that the defense lost us games not Rogers. He put the team in position to win the game only to be let down by the Defense. (See Carolina Game) Favre was great and Rodgers isnt a Hall of Famer by any means. But come on man, Even you have to admit that Rodgers had a better year than Favre. And dont give me this Record BS. Favre had a solid defense and a consistant run game. Rodgers had neither.

longtimefan's picture

Quote: <blockquote cite="comment-3959">

<strong><a href="#comment-3959" rel="nofollow">Ben</a></strong>: Quote:
What a D-Bag. Did you watch last season at all? Rodgers outperformed Favre easily so I can only assume sarcasm…..or stupidity. Yeah probably stupidity.

</blockquote>

Ben Elmo is Bretts personal ass kisser..No matter what,Brett is king and Rodgers is queen to Elmo..

Elmo is to scared to admit his real identity tho, but a few of us know EXACTLY who he/SHE is

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