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Tag: Packers defense

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Blaming Thompson For Early Exit Is Misguided

Blaming Thompson For Early Exit Is Misguided

Media and fans alike are quick to blame the Packers general manager for the teams failure to defend its title while ignoring the bigger picture.

2011 Season Defensive & Specialist Player Grades

2011 Season Defensive & Specialist Player Grades

Aaron Nagler hands out his individual grades for the 2011 Packers defense and specialists.

Packers' Tackling Problem Comes Full Circle

Packers' Tackling Problem Comes Full Circle

It hasn't mattered who is coaching the defense under Mike McCarthy - the Packers defense has been a poor tackling team his entire tenure.

Williams, Hawk Contracts Troubling After Down Seasons

Williams, Hawk Contracts Troubling After Down Seasons

Packers general manager Ted Thompson can't be pleased that two players he rewarded this past year took big steps backward in 2011.

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.

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