Packers Need Beef On Defensive Line

Michael Montgomery's spot on the roster should be replaced by someone with a little more size and run-stuffing ability.

Though the Packers and young defensive linemen C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn did a remarkable job playing with the hand they were dealt this past weekend, it's obvious the Packers need some added size out of their defensive linemen for run-stuffing purposes.

The Packers didn't allow Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart to break off any long runs, but they still allowed Minnesota to gain 196 yards on the ground on 36 carries for a 5.4 yards per carry average, which was nearly the Packers' undoing.

If Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Pickett are able to make a quick recovery and be back on the field in a timely manner, the Packers may be in okay shape. But there's prior history with both their injuries that is a cause for concern.

Pickett suffered a setback, re-injuring the same ankle that kept him out the Miami game. And as for Jenkins, he incurred a calf strain that was to the same calf that caused him to miss time in training camp.

The Packers, believe it or not, have depth on the defensive line. While having T.J. Lang play on defensive in consecutive weeks may look bad, it's only been a necessity because of injuries occurring during games.

The problem I have is with Michael Montgomery's place on the roster. When he was acquired two weeks ago, I assumed it was a short-term solution. I thought they'd try to get a little knowledge out of him prior to the game against the Vikings.

That was before Mike Neal and Brady Poppinga went on injured reserve and now Montgomery is literally the fourth option on the defensive line if Jenkins and Pickett remain out.

The Packers have been down this road before with Montgomery. He's miscast as a 3-4 defensive end and offers little, if anything, to their defense other than a prior history of defensive coordinator Dom Capers' system.

The defense needs someone to anchor against the run. And at a listed playing weight of 282 pounds, Montgomery is not the person to do it, especially compared to Pickett and his (listed weight of) 340 pounds.

I don't care who they sign. Elevate 6-3, 302 pound Jay Ross from the practice squad. Or just look at every practice squad in the entire NFL and just sign the heaviest player.

Whoever it is, that person has to be better than Montgomery.

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Franklin Hillside's picture

October 27, 2010 at 01:27 pm

MOOOOOOOOOOO!!

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hyperRevue's picture

October 27, 2010 at 01:27 pm

Amen. Cut Francois and get a d-lineman.

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Patrick Duprey's picture

October 27, 2010 at 01:33 pm

Great post, Brian. The defensive line is my biggest worry, as well, especially going into this week's game with the Jets. New York has a great offensive line and two stellar running backs who have the ability to beat you inside and outside. I fully expect the Jets to attack this weakness this weekend, and without a noisy home crowd to push them through 60 minutes, I expect the Jets to wear down the defensive line and get some big runs, particularly late. This makes it all the more important for the offense to jump out to a quick lead and make Mark Sanchez beat the Packers with his arm. Despite his improvements, I still like our odds if that is the case.

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gbpf127's picture

October 27, 2010 at 01:35 pm

Montgomery wanted out of the Packers because of the 3 - 4. Cut Montgomery and get a d-lineman.

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Chuck's picture

October 27, 2010 at 01:42 pm

The Jets cut their backup NT today.

Green (6'2", 350) was signed by the Jets on Oct. 4 after being released on Sept. 30. He was previously waived by the Washington Redskins on Sept. 4. Green has played two games with the Jets this season, recording one forced fumble at Miami. Last season he played 12 games for the Jets and recorded 37 tackles. For his NFL career, Green has played 50 games, registering 118 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. A sixth-round selection of the Houston Texans in the 2002 draft, Green has also seen action in regular-season games for Baltimore (2002), New Orleans (2003-04) and Seattle (2007-08).

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nerdmann's picture

October 27, 2010 at 02:27 pm

Sounds great to me.

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hyperRevue's picture

October 27, 2010 at 04:22 pm

So, what does Chuck get for being the first cheeseheadtv commenter to have a suggestion actually happen?

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Chuck's picture

October 27, 2010 at 06:16 pm

I'd take a ticket to the Cowboys game, or a win this Sunday. I'm pretty proud of the Pack's defense. We're maybe not as stout against the run this year, but much better against the pass.

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elliot's picture

October 27, 2010 at 02:00 pm

brad jones prob out for the year as repoted here first by me

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hyperRevue's picture

October 27, 2010 at 02:04 pm

Or by the Packers twitter feed 15 mins ago.

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MarkinMadison's picture

October 27, 2010 at 02:20 pm

Brad Jones out for the year? Cripes. OK, now we know where Bigby's spot will come from. On topic, I have the same size problem with Wynn that Bryan has with Montgomery. If anything, I thought Montgomery looks larger. Regardless, I agree with the point - the Packers need to add beef. I seriously doubt that there is any around that hasn't already been ground into hamburger, or wasn't really just chopped liver to begin with, but at this point anything is better than nothing.

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nerdmann's picture

October 27, 2010 at 02:28 pm

What's Bigby weigh? I bet he could play some OLB.

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hyperRevue's picture

October 27, 2010 at 02:32 pm

5'11", 213. Way too small.

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lebowski's picture

October 27, 2010 at 03:15 pm

Montgomery will lift our special teams to new heights.

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davyjones's picture

October 27, 2010 at 04:15 pm

After the Jets, the opposition's running game doesn't get a lot easier. Dallas has a crap O-line but tough backs...then Minn again who just got us for 190 yds...Then Atlanta, SF & Frank Gore. Poor Raji will be down to 275 lbs at the rate he's getting worked.

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lebowski's picture

October 27, 2010 at 04:52 pm

Just gotta hope Pickett's ankle is good after the bye week. If so, we'll be okay.

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lebowski's picture

October 27, 2010 at 04:53 pm

As soon as I typed that, I realized tomorrow we'll be hearing that Pickett's ankle injury is worse than they thought, wasn't responding, and needs season-ending surgery.

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