One of the topics I have been harping on the entire off-season is the dynamic between the play of the defensive backfield and the pressure packages ability to get home. Since the Packers drafted Kevin King and Josh Jones, I have been predicting the return of the coverage sack to the Green Bay Packers, an entity that we saw little to none of after Sam Shields went down late in the week one match-up against Jacksonville. But the coverage sack looks to be back and here is a breakdown of how it worked against the Eagles.
The Packers roll out two down linemen in Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. Clark is the unsung hero in this one (along with one other player nobody is talking about…stay tuned). As the play begins, he takes on a double team while Matthews gets a free run until the tight end tries to pick him up. The Eagles sell play action hard to their left side and Jake Ryan sees it and drops back in coverage, but Matthews is caught inside and contain looks to be broken.
But Clark stacks and sheds the double team
and is able to contain as Carson Wentz attempts to roll out with eyes downfield. At this point, the coverage is such that the perimeter is defended and the checkdown isn’t there either.
The Packers have time to close if they don’t let Wentz escape. With Clark breathing down his neck, Wentz sees Nick Perry
coming through the middle and still has nowhere to throw the ball. So Clark is bearing down with Perry slicing through the middle and that is not the end of the problem for Wentz.
Damarious Randall has also found a way to break free and has a free run from the blindside. Still, nowhere to throw the ball and Wentz is quickly swallowed up by the three Packers.
So while the Packers defense had its share of ups and downs, one good indicator is that the coverage sack is back with the Pack. The defense still has players and if they can stay healthy, should be better on the perimeter. Dom Capers showed in the game against the Eagles that he will be bringing heat in the zone blitz and in particular the defensive backs will have a big part to play in the fire zone schemes. It’s just one pre-season game, but it gives us something to build off moving forward, watch out Washington.