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Does the Packers’ High-Powered Offense Make Their Defense Suffer?

  5 years ago     94 Views     2 Comments  

I was reviewing some stats from the 2011 season and one particular stat caught my eye... defensive scrimmage plays. I suddenly found myself wondering if the defense wasn't hitting the field tired halfway through the game because the offense was scoring so fast that there really wasn't much time for the defense to rest. (more…)

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2011 Roster Evaluations: Defensive Line

  5 years ago     86 Views     3 Comments  

For a Packers' front three that played such an important role in the 2010 playoffs (Raji's pick six, Green's pressure turned-pick six), the 2011 defensive line was quite ordinary. The missing piece to the puzzle was obviously pass rushing phenom Cullen Jenkins, who was too expensive to resign in the offseason. Clearly, Ted Thompson had no idea how anemic the pass rush up front would be without Jenkins. With defensive end Mike Neal still nursing a 2010 knee injury, the Packers opened 2011 in classic Thompson-like form: whoever sat behind Neal on the depth chart was now the starter. Three-year…

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2011 Roster Evaluations: Linebackers

  5 years ago     97 Views     1 Comment  

Experts will give mixed impressions of the performance of the Green Bay linebackers in 2011. Like many other positional groups on the Packers' roster, the corps had its ups and downs. The run defense had some rough outings, like those against Minnesota and Chicago (at home), but still finished the season a respectable 14th in rushing yards allowed.  The abysmal performance of the pass defense, however, must be reflected in the outside linebackers' grade. Ted Thompson's choice to add just one late-round draft pick to the platoon at right outside linebacker proved to be a poor one as the rotation…

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2011 Roster Evaluations: Defensive Backs

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The performance of the Green Bay secondary in 2011 was tainted by the loss of Nick Collins in Week 2. Through just a few games, fans and experts discovered Collins' substantial value to the proclaimed best secondary in football. It became evident that second-year safety Morgan Burnett couldn't carry Charlie Peprah's weight the same way Collins could in 2010. Miscommunications between the safeties and cornerbacks were common, resulting in home run plays from the opposition. The meeting between San Diego and Detroit (at home) were particularly painful as big receivers Vincent Jackson and Calvin Johnson teed off on Tramon Williams.…

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