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Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week Two Defense

Keep Woodson On Evans, Count On Edge Pressure

One of Dom Capers biggest assets in this defense is his ability to move cornerback Charles Woodson all over the field. Woodson will line up at the traditional corner position, come inside and play the slot, take snaps at a sort of rover-safety position - he even took a handful of snaps at linebacker last year.

This Sunday against the Bills Capers should be able to shelve most of that and let Woodson concentrate on covering the Bill's one true legitimate threat in the receiving corps - wide receiver Lee Evans.

The need to send all sorts of exotic blitz packages at Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards is mitigated by the fact that the Bills sport two of the worst offensive tackles in the league - Demetrius Bell and Cornell Green. Clay Matthews and Brad Jones should be more than able to apply pressure off the edge.

One wrinkle the Packers defense showed last week that could come in handy is the delay blitz Clay Matthews came on from the inside linebacker spot, seen below:

It looks like he may have been assigned to spy the running back out of the backfield and when the runner got tied up in pass pro, Matthews just shot the gap. Or it may have been a true delay blitz. Either way, against a team that will be sure to try and get the ball in space to its number one pick, electrifying running back C.J. Spiller, playing zone in the flats and then delaying Matthews up the middle would be a good way to go.

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Rich's picture

matthews with 2 sacks this week to lead the league with 5 and its only the second game hell be a 15 sack linebacker this year

PackerFan4Life's picture

the only thing that somewhat frightens me is the thought of the bills defense holding us up and giving Aaron a hard time, I just hope he is not OFF this sunday like he seemed to be against the eagles.. not saying thats going to happen but their defense is about the only thing on that team that doesn't suck or their special teams but their offense is horrid especially that o line. Clay and Co. shouldn't have to much of a problem getting to Edwards. I suspect about 3 or 4 sacks and a pair of interceptions maybe one for a TD. I can see capers using clay probably the same as last time and put Woodson on Evans. Clay could make a push for DPOY wouldn't that be something special

CSS's picture

You're assuming there's a QB on the Bills roster that can complete the intermediate to deep ball. Woodson should roam....

CSS's picture

I was over-simplifying from my mobile. I wouldn't make it easy for the Bills OC by letting him know where Woodson is every play through isolating him on Evans. I don't believe there's a single QB on the Bills roster that can stretch the field vertically nor are the very cerebral.

I would have Collins over the top of Evans, use Woodson and Chillar to spy C.J. Spiller. Captain check-down will find it hard to function without the outlet, or make a stupid throw over the top against Collins.

Just me...

PackersRS's picture

Tramon Williams proved to be able to cover effectively DeSean Jackson the entire game. I don't see why he wouldn't be able to do the same with Lee Evans, and let Woodson roam free.

If Tramon can sucessfully duplicate what Harris did before he went down, it'll allow Woodson to roam, and this D will NEVER give 500 yards again.

FITZCORE1252's picture

"It looks like he may have been assigned to spy the running back out of the backfield and when the runner got tied up in pass pro, Matthews just shot the gap. Or it may have been a true delay blitz."

If the guys on Playbook know what they're talking about, it was the Former.


andrew's picture

what im looking for is to run plays out of the base defense at some points in the game and make it look like capers is more flexible than being in the nickle all game. dont get me rong.. nickle is a nice package and he runs a lot of nice things out of it. but it will bite you in the butt if you dont run your base defense at any points in the game down the road.. and i would like to see hawk get some time to see if he has gotten better.. and would like to see if our base defense is able to play well together.. the next few weeks should be weeks we see capers get creative and flexible with his play calling give hawk some chances in pass coverage and give chillar some chances to blitz and not just lock on a reciever.. we have a lot of easy Ws ahead of us so i want to see the defense bring some spice.

heres hoping capers starts to find a nice balance between base and nickle packages

MarkinMadison's picture

Evans is a nice player, but I don't think that he is so good that we need to have Woodson on him the whole game. The only thing I would not want to see is Evans on Shields. Maybe this would be a good game to go back to the base defense (assuming there are enough healthy D-linemen). Besides, if there really is any traction with the Hawk for Lynch trade idea, it would be good to showcase him for the Bills.

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