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Tag: Packers defense

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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.

Missed Adjustment

Missed Adjustment

Good stuff from Matt Bowen over at the National Football Post regarding last nights game.

Power Football - Can The Pack Stop It?

Power Football - Can The Pack Stop It?

Much is being made this week of the Packers #1 ranking

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Three Defense

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Three Defense

Stop. Steven. Jackson. Simple, right?

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Two Defense

Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Two Defense

I feel almost sub-standard to requirements this week knowing that the great Mike Tanier took it upon himself to breakdown a few of Capers' blitzes...

3 Pre-Season Games Mean Nothing

3 Pre-Season Games Mean Nothing

Just echoing Corey's post from last week.

Winston Moss

Winston Moss

You can tell why he wasn't hired as a head coach. He simply doesn't come across as a particularly detailed individual. The first part of his...

The Defensive Staff Was Infighting

The Defensive Staff Was Infighting

So sayeth Bob McGinn, the Sy Hersh of Packer journalism, in a piece in this morning's Journal Sentinel. McGinn, who never met an anonymous source...

Three To Watch: Defense

Three To Watch: Defense

Jeremy Thompson

Rouse Back At Safety - Brilliant Move

Rouse Back At Safety - Brilliant Move

So today McCarthy let it be known that Aaron Rouse will be the starting strong safety for Monday's game, presumably ending the dreadful "Charles...

Case In Point

Case In Point

No doubt some of you watched the Raven/Cowboy game tonight. And there was our old friend and ex-Packer Frank Walker, playing all over the defensive...

Just How Bad IS This Defense?

Just How Bad IS This Defense?

Pete Dougherty puts it in historical perspective:

Gut Reactions Week 12

Gut Reactions Week 12

Directly after the Bears game I wrote: Rodgers had a good game, but he simply has to stop staring guys down - it’s gonna cost him ... Well, tonight...

One Game At A Time

One Game At A Time

McCarthy said it best:...

4-4 Makes An Apperance

4-4 Makes An Apperance

Great post by Brian over at Railbird regarding the use of the 4-4 formation on the play where Matt Forte was stuffed on a 3rd and 1 this past S

Coaches Shouldn\'t Forget About Thompson

Coaches Shouldn\'t Forget About Thompson

Mike Montgomery and Jason Hunter are set to return to action this week after sitting out the last few games due to injuries.

The Packers Need Live Tackling At Practice

The Packers Need Live Tackling At Practice

This needs to be said. The defensive players for the Green Bay Packers are terrible, I mean God awful, tacklers.

Packers Planning Something Different?

Packers Planning Something Different?

We know the drill when it comes to what to expect from the Packers defense against the Cowboys. Four down linemen. Bump and run from the corners....

Bob Sanders: This Is Your Test

Bob Sanders: This Is Your Test

We all remember last years meeting between the Packers and the Cowboys and how Tony Romo was allowed to read a novel, pay his bills and text...

Can Everyone Please Calm Down?

Can Everyone Please Calm Down?

Wow. Never have I seen a second preseason game cause so much consternation and overreaction from both the accredited Wisconsin media and fan...

Defense The Key

Defense The Key

Excellent commentary from Dennis Dillon over at Sporting News. Dillon writes:...

McCarthy Needs An Upgrade At Defensive Coordinator

McCarthy Needs An Upgrade At Defensive Coordinator

Looking back at a tremendous 2007 campaign, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy should feel a real sense of accomplishment, one that should not be...

Bob Sanders Has A Big Problem

Bob Sanders Has A Big Problem

The problem facing Bob Sanders, and to a larger degree head coach Mike McCarthy as well, is the defensive backfield, coupled with the scheme the...

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