Why Pettine Plays So Much Dime

The Packers defensive coordinator spoke about his heavy usage of defensive backs. 

Sometimes when you're waiting to ask a question during one of the Packers media availabilities, the question you were going to ask gets answered. 

Such was the case yesterday when I was waiting to ask Mike Pettine about the addition of Treyvon Hester. Pettine wasn't asked about Hester directly, but he brought him up and spoke about him two or three times. Needless to say, at that point my question would have been redundant. 

Of course there's always more than one question to ask, so I thought about asking Mike about Blake Martinez' comments a few weeks ago and how accurate he felt they were. 

But instead, I asked something I saw Jon Meerdink put out on Twitter:

I suspected Pettine would punt and he kind of did, but it's a good question, so I went with it. 

Here's Pettine's full answer:

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Bearmeat's picture

May 23, 2020 at 07:41 am

He absolutely punted on the question outside of "this is our best 11" which does not speak well of Oren Burks or any DL outside of Clark, and he's full of crap saying that they stopped the run well last year. And, frankly, I have real doubts they're going to be any better at stopping the run this year.

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 25, 2020 at 04:17 pm

La Fleur should have his own guy.

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nostradanus's picture

May 23, 2020 at 09:03 am

Actually I re-watched three games from last year recently, the second Minnesota game the second Chicago game and the Seattle playoff game. The Packers run defense was quite good in all those games. However, the Pettine interview was telling in that he admitted the depth and inside linebacker has been poor the last several years. Which is a big admission usually Packers coaches don’t call out certain positions like that.

So the real question is why doesn’t Gute use any means necessary to fix this position? When he took the job he said he would do anything necessary to acquire talent by any means possible. The inside linebacker position has been undervalued by the Packers going back to Ted Thompson’s Tenure.

The Packers took a fifth round flyer on Martin, the underproductive inside linebacker from Minnesota mixed in with a bunch of undrafted free agents and a second tier signing of Kirksey. This does not inspire much confidence that the position is finally fixed.

The Packers lost 3 veteran linebackers in free agency, Martine and Goodson. They have the underwhelming Orin Burks and the very raw Ty Summers, the unproven Curtis Bolton coming off ACL surgery in addition to Kirksey and Martin.

The inside linebacker room is a bloody mess and the Packers cavalier attitude on the position is as puzzling as it is maddening for Packers fans?!

GUTE KEEP YOUR PROMISE,FIX THIS POSITION!

That is all....

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murf7777's picture

May 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

I would say when healthy Kirksey>Martinez because he can provide coverage at a higher level and is similar on the run. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen what Burks is capable of due to injuries. Goodson was average and not a loss IMO. Overal, if and that’s a big if, Kirksey stays healthy, we have gained in our ILB position. This is definitely a prove it year for Pettine.

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 25, 2020 at 04:19 pm

Having One guy inside at LB is a recipe for disaster.

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dekan51's picture

May 23, 2020 at 02:04 pm

Nost. I hear your pain. We had Queen in our sights, and they chose to draft the franchise qb of the future. That took brass, and so it better work because it definitely hurt the team in the short term, and if he doesn't pan out, it hurts the team in the long term, and that's tough to overcome. But look, teams whiff on 1st round picks all the time. I personally am not pissed about the qb pick. I am pissed that Pettine just said 'this is the d we run. period.' Coaches have to adapt. If we played the run well in those 3 games you mentioned, clearly the 49ers watched it and schemed to attack it. We didn't adjust. Adjusting IS coaching. He didn't coach. Every team has weaknesses. Hell, Belicheck had to throw a WR into the secondary one time, and schemed well enough to cover him. Coaching. No team can, or will have great personnel all over the field.....

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NickPerry's picture

May 23, 2020 at 09:02 pm

I'm not disagreeing with you at all...BUT... Lets give this kid Martin a chance. I had read he played just one season at ILB and is actually good at rushing the QB. Lets hope he picks things up quickly, Kirksey stays healthy, and the two could actually form a duo that's not a liability.

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Dlbhunter1's picture

May 24, 2020 at 08:24 am

Everybody is unproven until they are proven. That being said the 3 veterans that left were all part of the terrible ILB group. So there's no loss there. Only time will tell if the free agent pickup or burka, or summers or Martin will be better than last years group. The packers are working with a low salary cap figures. Next year Rodgers cap number goes up to 35milliin I believe. That's not enough space sign big free agents this year and still pay Alexander, Clark, King. Next years cap will probably go down.

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gkarl's picture

May 24, 2020 at 01:44 pm

Nost

"When he took the job he said he would do anything necessary to acquire talent by any means possible"

You must not have heard him finish that comment with except at ILB. LOL

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nostradanus's picture

May 23, 2020 at 09:06 am

A follow up to my little rant, Fackrell was the 3rd Veteran LB lost...

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TheBigCheeze's picture

May 23, 2020 at 09:07 am

"I suspected Pettine would punt and he kind of did, but it's a good question, so I went with it."-----PUNT??......he answered the question quite thoroughly.....

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PackerAaron's picture

May 24, 2020 at 09:52 pm

Lol

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PatrickGB's picture

May 23, 2020 at 10:09 am

I thought it was a well thought out and measured response to the questions. I agree with him that our performance (or lack of) against the niners was spot on. We had a bad game, performance wise, and they were simply the better team in the NFC. I also agree with many of the posters that many of our personnel were not up to the task. That’s on the front office.

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arthurl's picture

May 23, 2020 at 10:48 am

Outside of Clark, the DL is weak and their ILB talent was average at best. To beat the really good teams there can’t be two areas of weakness to be exploited. If Kirksey stays healthy they could be in better shape at one of the ILB positions. Who plays the other ILB is anyone’s guess. The GM has improved OLB and Safety in a big way, but chances are this defense will get exposed as their known weak spots on defense haven’t been addressed except for the Kirksey addition and even that is a maybe.

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murf7777's picture

May 23, 2020 at 11:15 am

I agree Arthur and I was hoping for an addition at DL. There’s time thou as more will be cut and Snacks and Daniels are out there and would provide depth and situational D plays. I don’t think we are done adding to the roster as Gutey has shown to use all avenues to build this roster.

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mnbadger's picture

May 23, 2020 at 11:39 am

"I like to maximize my chances for a successful play . . ." Really? Why after a half of football vs the niners with zero success, didn't we change anything? Best eleven on the field? They were gassed.
Looked more like we were too in love with our plan and didn't have a fall back.
Also, MLF didn't have the acorns to get into anybody's face, coaches or players, to demand corrective action or improved performance.
Total failure that all involved have to take some ownership in before it's corrected. GPG

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dblbogey's picture

May 23, 2020 at 02:38 pm

The Packers were extremely lucky with injuries last year. That likely won't happen this year, and our lack of depth at a few spots will be a problem. If Kirksey stays healthy, if Clark stays healthy, if somebody (Keke?) steps up to help him. If Rashan takes a big leap. There are too many ifs for me. I'm thinking a 10-6 record would be about the best we can hope for. I hope Pettine is on a short leash.

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yooper81's picture

May 23, 2020 at 06:43 pm

I like Pettine. He knows what is needed and where, draft has been no help. Hopefully someone gets cut and Russ Ball can work some magic and get a quality ILB and DL before another team gashes us for 285 yards

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Since91's picture

May 23, 2020 at 07:31 pm

Well in the first 5 games we will face differing types of teams.
Viqueens
Lions
Saints
Falcons
Bucs
I think defenses have to adjust week to week. You just cannot focus on one facet each week. Those first five games are proof of this concept. We know Zim and the queens want to run the ball and throw deep off of play action. The lions want to be more balanced to keep Stafford healthy. The saints in their stadium will throw the kitchen sink at yah with M Thomas on the field. Falcons have Ryan and Julio. Brady and the bucs may never run the ball. To be honest fellas I will take a ether pass defense these first five games than run defense.

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