Packers Will Be Forcing More Fumbles This Season

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Dom Capers

Dom Capers

It turns out, the Green Bay Packers suck at forcing fumbles. So coach Mike McCarthy has made forcing and recovering fumbles an emphasis for the defense so far in OTAs.

“We’re trying to work more drills, we’re trying to put more emphasis on it,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “You see us going to the ball with a little more intensity out there. You see everybody poking at the football, trying to get the ball out. We’re just trying to get them all conditioned mentally. Every time the ball’s on the ground, you see somebody scoop it. …Just to condition everybody to get to that ball, scoop the ball and try to get the mentality of taking the ball away.”

Obviously, this means the Packers will miss a ton of tackles this year because they’ll be too busy going for the ball.

However, they’ve clearly sucked in forcing and recovering fumbles. The Packers recovered just 12 fumbles last season, which ranked 30th in the NFL.

In fact, since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have recovered just 55 fumbles, which is tied for last in the NFL over that period. Does it get worse?

You bet your ass it does!

Charles Woodson, who the team unceremoniously dismissed this offseason, was responsible for forcing 15 of those fumbles over that period. He’ll be forcing fumbles for the Raiders this season.

Maybe if the Packers would draft or sign some playmakers, they wouldn’t need to tell guys how to tackle and that they should try to take the ball away from the opposition. That’s obviously wishful thinking, though.

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23 Comments on "Packers Will Be Forcing More Fumbles This Season"

  1. TyKoSteamboat

    I am very confident about the Pack’s Defense going into the season.

    Safety is a bit “thin”

    Stay “Healthy” & we should be okay.

  2. Savage57

    Part of the problem is part of the solution. In the process of trying to force fumbles, you learn to hit harder to try to jar the ball loose. All off-season now, we’ve heard the Packer braintrust take exception to the idea that the team was ‘soft’. So now’s your chance – go hit the shit out of the opponents and make them cough up the ball. You’ll prove that you aren’t soft and create turnovers at the same time.

    And they haven’t been doing this before this because of…?

    • Shawn Iltarion

      No, don’t “hit the shit out of opponents,” you’ll just end up drawing flags.

      Big hits are being legislated out of the game.

      RBs? Sure. They are the only guys left you can hit with impunity. Lucky them.

  3. Lars

    The Packers may want to cause more fumbles, but that doesn’t mean they will. Same stubborn coordinator; same scheme. Why would the results be any different?

  4. Shawn Iltarion

    The even sadder thing is the Packers play in adverse conditions that would seem to make fumbles more likely.

    The only people that I see need to work on stripping the ball are our DL. That should be the normal approach for ALL defenders when approaching the QB. Considering any large hit on the QB brings with it the likelihood of a flag, I would advise going for the football every single time a defender gets anywhere near the QB. We were in the top 5 in sacks last season but in the bottom 3 in fumbles. That’s messed up.

    The rest of our defense needs to worry about tackling.

    At the least, hopefully this will improve our ability to RECOVER fumbles once they are actually caused.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Adverse conditions?

      I would say every team plays in about 2 “bad weather games” a season

      I think the last time the Pack played in really crappy weather in Lambeau was the NFC Champ game vs. NYG in January 2008

  5. Mike R

    I love Woodson, but it was time to move on. You want to know what else he will be doing for the Raiders, is taking huge risks and getting burnt on 80% of them because he’s lost a step.

  6. john

    Imagine if we didn’t have a great team for quite a long time now how much you idiots would bitch.

    Sit back and enjoy the ride or hop on anther band wagon

  7. Tom

    Rather than focusing more on fumbles I think there needs to be a bigger emphasis on tackling. Holding teams to a 3 and out can be just as effective as getting turnovers and still gets us a win. Too many times last year we would miss tackle after tackle. Wrap the legs up, then the second and third guy can poke the ball.

  8. GBslacker

    WTF?

    McCarthy — you need to emphasize tackling.

    Basic, wrap-up and put the man down tackling.

    Then you stop a drive, and it’s as good as a turnover.

    None of this Hawk-shit: clamp-on and get dragged.

    None of this TWill-shit: jog beside the guy for 10 or 20 yards, playing tag.

    TACKLE!

    If the guy is wrapped up, then someone else can blast his ass, and force a fumble.

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