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Tag: Packers defense

All Entries Tagged With: "Packers defense"

Packers vs. Giants: Offense, Defense & Special Teams

Packers vs. Giants: Offense, Defense & Special Teams

One, perhaps overlooked, thing to watch for in each phase of the game as the Green Bay Packers prepare to take on the New York Giants.

McCarthy's "Hunters" Need To Include Capers

McCarthy's "Hunters" Need To Include Capers

The Packers defensive coordinator needs to take his head coaches words about refusing to be "the hunted" to heart.

Packers vs. Lions: Offense, Defense & Special Teams

Packers vs. Lions: Offense, Defense & Special Teams

One, perhaps overlooked, thing to watch for in each phase of the game as the Green Bay Packers prepare to take on the Detroit Lions in Week 17.

Packers Have No One Opposite Matthews

Packers Have No One Opposite Matthews

Don't expect any grand moves from Ted Thompson to fill the hole opposite Clay Matthews in Dom Capers' defense.

Defense Needs To Do "Just Enough" To Get Packers Back To The Super Bowl

Defense Needs To Do "Just Enough" To Get Packers Back To The Super Bowl

Don't expect the Packers defense to transform into something it isn't. Expect it to play slightly better than it has the past month and to help the Packers get to Indianapolis.

Packers May Have Missed Pickett More Than Jennings

Packers May Have Missed Pickett More Than Jennings

The Chiefs ability to run the football yesterday, which set up almost all their offensive success, was due in part to the absence of Ryan Pickett.

Packers vs. Giants: How It Breaks Down

Packers vs. Giants: How It Breaks Down

Aaron looks at how things should play out when each team has the ball and gives his prediction for the game on Sunday.

Buccaneers vs. Packers: How It Breaks Down

Buccaneers vs. Packers: How It Breaks Down

Aaron looks at how things should play out when each team has the ball and gives his prediction for the game on Sunday.

X's & O's: "It's A Trap!" Williams' INT

X's & O's: "It's A Trap!" Williams' INT

"Paul Ott Carruth", an anonymous former player and coach, breaks down Tramon Williams' interception and has a few thoughts regarding the defense overall.

Capers Stays Safe And Strong

Capers Stays Safe And Strong

The Packers defensive coordinator is playing it safe while the offense builds a lead before starting to dial up the pressure later in games.

X's & O's: Decker's TD Reception

X's & O's: Decker's TD Reception

"Paul Ott Carruth", an anonymous former player and coach, breaks down the first touchdown pass given up by the Packers on Sunday.

Time For Shields To Toughen Up

Time For Shields To Toughen Up

Sam Shields is tied for the league lead in missed tackles - and hasn't displayed a whole lot of "want to" when it comes to contact.

X's & O's: Busted Coverage? Maybe Not

X's & O's: Busted Coverage? Maybe Not

"Paul Ott Carruth", an anonymous former player and coach, breaks down the Bears' 32 yard touchdown pass to Kellen Davis.

Opponents Using Delayed Routes To Combat Fire Zones

Opponents Using Delayed Routes To Combat Fire Zones

The Packers defense is getting killed by late-releasing tight ends and running backs when Capers calls his signature pressure plays.

Shields Needs To Depend On Technique, Not Athleticism

Shields Needs To Depend On Technique, Not Athleticism

The second year cornerback had a pedestrian summer followed by an uneven game against the Saints. While its nowhere near time to panic, Shields has some work to do.

Saints vs. Packers: How It Breaks Down

Saints vs. Packers: How It Breaks Down

Aaron's takes a look at how things should play out when each team has the ball during tonights season-opener.

So'oto Ruled Out Against Saints After Workout Injury

So'oto Ruled Out Against Saints After Workout Injury

Mike McCarthy also indicates defensive end Mike Neal will be a game time decision.

A Look At The Packers Eagle & Okie Alignments

A Look At The Packers Eagle & Okie Alignments

Aaron takes a look at the different defensive line alignments and how the Packers are testing out their personnel in each one.

Packers: 9 Jets: 0

Packers: 9 Jets: 0

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Packers victory over the Jets

Harris Won't Be Activated

Harris Won't Be Activated

Mike McCarthy indicated that Al Harris would have to wait another week.

Despite Limitations, Capers Getting The Job Done

Despite Limitations, Capers Getting The Job Done

It hasn't been pretty, but Dom Capers is doing a lot with a little.

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Three Defense

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Three Defense

Two defensive keys heading into Monday nights game against the Bears.

Poppinga Attacks the English Language

Poppinga Attacks the English Language

Jason Wilde's story on the competition between Brad Jones and Brady Poppinga is not to be missed.

A Season Full Of Shootouts?

A Season Full Of Shootouts?

Football Outsiders reason that the Packers could be in for a season full of shootouts. Unfortunatley, they use some faulty logic reaching that conclusion.

Packers Counting On Capers

Packers Counting On Capers

The Packers like to preach "improve from within" when talking about the younger players on their roster. It's starting to look like that mantra extends to the coaching staff as well.

New Players Will Only Help Capers So Much

New Players Will Only Help Capers So Much

With the NFL Draft only three days away, Packer fans everywhere have visions of new linebackers and defensive backs being added to the roster and making a not-inconsiderable difference right away, most hopefully in the area of pass defense, what with the much-publicized problems Dom Capers' unit had against "veteran quarterbacks" that spread the team out and threw all over the yard last year. Some new players will help, it's true. But more importantly, Capers having a full offseaon to evaluate the talent on hand and match their talents to what he asks them to do will  have just as much, if not more of an impact. As indicated above, Packer fans can recite by rote the phrase that appears in almost every season recap of the 2009 Green Bay Packers - "they had trouble against teams with savvy veteran quarterbacks that spread the field". This is true of course, but going back and rewatching the season (as I am prone to do) something jumped out at me. First of all, the problems to come were foreshadowed in the 49er game especially after Al Harris went down. And as far as I know, Alex Smith has never been confused with a "savvy veteran".  Now, yes, it's hard to blame Capers for what guys like Jarrett Bush and Brandon Underwood do or don't do well when thrown into the middle of a game and where he is forced to gameplan on the fly knowing what he does about their capabilities. But watching that game again, I was reminded how Capers, at times, could really struggle to find a playcalling rhythm once Harris went out. And it may have affected his ability to recognize what the 49ers were doing.

Mayock: Packers Should Target Corner Early

Mayock: Packers Should Target Corner Early

Speaking today on a conference call with reporters, Mike Mayock made a forceful pitch for the Packers to target the cornerback position in the early going of next weeks NFL Draft.

McCarthy, Finally, Addresses Poor Tackling

McCarthy, Finally, Addresses Poor Tackling

Mike McCarthy commented on his teams atrocious tackling in last years Wild Card playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals. We've long commented that the Packers need vast improvement in this area of the game. Is McCarthy finally coming around?

I Was Right The First Time

I Was Right The First Time

Let it be known - I agree with Mike Vandermause. (I may as well give up now) In light of the fact that I completely contradicted myself earlier this week, I went back and watched the three games that McCarthy and Capers are no doubt going to pay the most attention to when reviewing tape this offseason - the second Vikings game, the Steelers game, and the Cardinal playoff game. And despite the secondary being torched repeatedly in those contests, especially in the playoff game, I'm pretty sure my first take was the correct one - an improved pass rush, namely a compliment to Matthews who can win a one-on-one at the line of scrimmage, will solve a lot of problems the Packers had against Favre, Roethlisberger and Warner. In looking at the secondary, I fell victim to what I call looking through the "offseason-lens" - where you remember every big play, both good and bad, but forget that there are hundreds of other plays that happened inbetween. Going back and watching the three games in question, you can see the potential in Brandon Underwood. Josh Bell is not nearly the liability that that final pass against Pittsburgh makes you remember him as. Improvement from those two players alone will go a long way in shoring things up on the back end of the defense. And this is even before counting on anything from Al Harris, Will Blackmon or Pat Lee.

2009 Season Defensive Player Grades

2009 Season Defensive Player Grades

Nose Tackle: Ryan Pickett: B Quieted doubts about his ability to fit the scheme. Was a first-rate run stuffer and more than held his own against constant double teams. Set to be a free agent, the team is currently in discussions with his agent to bring him back. A big (no pun intended) positive in the locker room. B.J. Raji C+ Hampered by injury earlier in the year, Raji was never the difference maker the team was hoping it was getting. Extremely versatile, Raji did everything he was asked, including playing downfield in coverage. The problem was he didn’t do any one thing extremely well. It will be very interesting to see what an offseason spent in Dave Redding’s program will do for his conditioning. Defensive End: Cullen Jenkins B - Feasted on inferior competition while disappearing against the better offensive lines the team faced. Allayed most fears about his ability to stand up to the down-after-down pounding the 3-4 end position requires. Supplied pressure on the quarterback, which is always a luxury from a 3-4 end. Johnny Jolly B By almost any measure, Jolly had an excellent season. The worry, of course, is how much of what was on display was the dreaded ‘contract year’ doing the motivation. Given his perceived attitude both on and off the field, it’s impossible not to color all examination of his play this year with that brush. That said, his play was superb across the board. Jarius Wynn D + Wynn (friend of the show, though maybe not after he sees his grade…) was pushed around in the run game and offered next to nothing on passing downs. Needs an offseason to define the mass he has. The bigger problem? Doesn’t seem to have a motor at all. Michael Montogomery D – Barely played. For a reason. Justin Harrell I The man fans love to hate who’s name isn’t Jarrett Bush.

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