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Brad Jones Taking The Next Step

In case you missed it, be sure to check out soon-to-be Cheesehead TV correspondent Brian Carriveau's take on the maturation of the defense in Year Two of Dom Capers' tenure. It's an excellent piece and it's just a taste of what you can expect from Brian starting in July.

Reading Brian's post really got me thinking some more about what we've discussed a couple of times already this offseason - namely that a large part of the improvements you'll see on the defensive side of the ball will come from adjustments made by Capers.

That said, there should be (and, in my opinion, will be) marked improvement from at least one individual:

Brad Jones.

Below is a great example of some of the raw ability Jones displayed when given one-on-one opportunities last season. (As an aside, that is the 23rd overall pick being whipped by the 218th overall pick. Ahhh, the Draft...)

Just a great job of getting Oher's hands swatted down and catching the big-guy flatfooted. (I'd also point out how the man coverage helps the pass rush here. You hear me Dom?)

What Jones needs more than anything are some well-practiced moves that he can counter the bigger tackles with. As 2009 wore on it became pretty clear that the book on Jones was that once he got into a lineman's body, he was pretty much done. It would behoove him to work in something other than an outside speed move or a straight up bull rush which were pretty much his two go-to methods of rushing the passer.

Overall, I think the guy has got all the tools he'll ever need, he just needs to keep improving, taking the coaching and utilizing it each and every day. A full offseason in the program along with a full complement of reps with the first team (remember, Jones didn't take over until the Packers lost not only Kampman but Thompson as well) will have Jones more than ready to contribute to what should be an improving defense.

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nerdmann's picture

Spin move! Ha ha, I think he can get it done, but if we lose either of our starters at OLB, we could be in some trouble.
I'd still like to see Bishop get some reps outside.

packeraaron's picture

"...if we lose either of our starters at OLB, we could be in some trouble." True, but that is also true of most teams.

stroh's picture

That was the only example of Jones beating an OL... And to be honest that was a POOR everything by Oher! Poor pass set, poor punch, poor hand placement, poor foot slide, poor movement!!! Jones put a decent move on but against almost any RT that would not have worked. Jones hasn't really ever shown to be a playmaker! At CU, he had a total of 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble. Not exactly stellar!!! He did have most of his sacks as a Sr. I'm not overly optimistic that Jones will ever be more than ordinary, despite his above average ability. I hope he does, but it is far from certain.

You are correct though... Jones does hold the key to the Packers D becoming a force! I'm just not sure he's up to the task!!!

packeraaron's picture

"That was the only example of Jones beating an OL"

Not true - does a pretty good job here too.

alexwoodsiam's picture

I love jones's lateral movement after he beats the tackle.

alexwoodsiam's picture

STROH-And to be honest that was a POOR everything by Oher! Poor pass set, poor punch, poor hand placement, poor foot slide, poor movement!!!

Good players take advantage when mistakes are made.

nerdmann's picture

"There is no such thing as luck. Only preparation, meeting opportunity."

NoNonsense's picture

Don't forget that the same game we lost Kampman for the season we also lost Al Harris. That had an effect on the pass rush from the 2nd half of the San Fran game to the playoff loss to the Cardinals.

I do think very highly of Jones and I happen to think he will have a very respectable year in terms of sack #s. Anything under 10 sacks for him will be a disappointment for me if he starts and plays in all 16 games. That is the kind of ability I think he has.

He has a very good burst, and the ability to turn the corner to get to the QB. If he can safely add a little more bulk and strength and play with a bit more confidence, the sky is the limit for this kid, in this defense.

Hopefully the secondary can get to and stay at full strength that would help out a bunch.

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