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Packers D best in NFL ....but?

Posted on: May 6, 2009 4:31 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2009 4:32 pm
Every position in the Packers 3-4 defensive scheme seems perfect, Charles Woodson and Al Harris might be getting old but what they lose in speed they make up for in toughness, opposing teams hate how much they get jammed by this duo. The nickel back Tramon Williams showed great prowess as a starter when Woodson had to pick up the slack for Atari Bigby while he was injured.

Nick colins has proven himself as one of the elite FS in the league putting up great int #'s and also great swarming the ball to stop runs. Bigby is a small problem who can be fixed either with Aaron Rouse the backup FS who played great there when needed or by keeping Bigby healthy, I'd prefer Rouse personally because he's better in coverage and despite not being as hard a hitter as Bigby he can still hit hard.

The new linebacking core should be more than solid with Kampman moving to the outside creating a DeMarcus Ware type of blitz, Nick Barnett still leading the Pack's D and being in a better position to make plays in the middle as well as on the outside on his side and on coverage. A.J Hawk has been criticized to be not living up to potential and such but he is good at his position he wasn't ready to lead last year but this year he will have some experience at middle linebacker and will have help from Nick Barnett. So the middle should be covered and stuffed with their agile smart play coupled with their tackling ability. And finally we will have the new rookie Clay Matthews playing outside who is unproven but is said to be able to have great pass rushing ability and should be able to cover the pass so I am expecting him to be as good as or better than A.J Hawk and that's saying alot. If he can make good fake blitzes and transition them with great coverage he will be invaluable to GB.

The line has now only 3 people, but hopefully has depth which was key to GB's success in 2007. Cullen Jenkins was injured last year but expect him to be back in full force, he has shown the ability to rush the QB and clog holes with his strength and size behind him is Jeremy Thomson who is a solid choice backup that didn't help too much with the pass rush but kinda helped with stopping the run. The DT positon or should I say NT position is anchored down with size depth and ability. B.J Raji was a huge score in the draft and should spell Ryan Pickett in the NT position or maybe even beat him out and become a rookie starter like clay matthews. This is where the question is. What to do with the other end position, We have Johnathan Jolly and Justin Harrell, Neither have been exceptional but hopefully one of these two can prove themselves at the DE spot or Harrell becomes a first round backup, or might not even make the roster in the later years, and to think we could have had a dynamic tight end duo in Greg Olson and Donald Lee.

Tell me what you think
Category: NFL

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2009 6:41 pm

Packers D best in NFL ....but?

There have been times when the defense has not looked strong. Today was a good example. They allowed too many points in the second half.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:48 pm

Packers D best in NFL ....but?

haha yeah crabtree was a steal hopefully shawn hill can get him the ball, he was really good toward the end of the year.  I'm not so worried with the back 4 but the front 3 need to be able to put pressure on the run game to allow the OLB 's to blitz the qb

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2009 11:35 pm

Packers D best in NFL ....but?

I don't think scheme was the issue last year. It was the injuries. There wasn't quality depth behind the starters. I think at one time midseason, the pack had 6 starters out on defense. That will turn any quality defense from stud to dud without quality depth. But how much depth can you possibly have if that many starters go down? You guys will now experience some growing pains with the new D. I don't think the secondary will be the problem as much as the front seven will. Good luck to the season.

...And I hate you guys for stealing D.J. Raji from right in front of us. But that's OK, we got Crabtree. Laughing

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