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Peprah, Bigby Will Split Snaps

Peprah's reward for playing well: regular trips to the pine.

Charlie Peprah will remain the Green Bay Packers starting strong safety, but it appears it’s only a title.

Despite playing some outstanding football of late, that apparently isn’t enough to keep Atari Bigby, who saw his first action of the season against the Dallas Cowboys, off the field.

Nope. The Packers have come up with the brilliant plan to alternate the players every 10-12 snaps, something not even safeties coach Darren Perry seems comfortable with.

“I’m not going to say this is the best way,” Perry said. “In a perfect world, you’d like to have one guy. I’m sure they’d like to have one guy and be that guy. But I think both those guys deserve to play.”

This seems like a Mike McCarthy decision all the way. You’ll recall how McCarthy opened the season by alternating inside linebackers, last year. Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk and Brandon Chillar all saw about the same amount of playing time. Although the plan was to spare Barnett the pounding on his surgically-repaired knee, none of the players liked the rotation and Barnett was particularly vocal about not being able to get into a rhythm.

Constantly rotating players, unless they’re defensive linemen, isn’t the ideal way to play defensive football.

Then again, McCarthy always sticks with his veteran players and has never had the balls to just go with a guy who’s playing well, so this isn’t unexpected.

Of course we can only speculate, but it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Bigby returned and Morgan Burnett was still healthy and starting.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Jeremy November 21, 2010

    What happened to accountability Mike? Peprah worked hard to be ready for this season even though he was slated to be a backup and has played beyond expectations. Bigby has underperformed, held out, and then lied about his health.

    Why should any of the other guys work hard too earn their snaps if MM is just going to give them away to lying lazy shitbags like Bigby.

  2. Vijay November 21, 2010

    I think he does this with the intention of getting guys some positional in-game experience, just in case another guy goes down to injury. That way, there is little drop off in performance (theoretically speaking).