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Mike McCarthy is Putting Some Time Into Defense

Mike McCarthy

Typically, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sticks to his beloved offense and let’s coordinator Dom Capers handle everything on defense. This offseason, that isn’t the case.

McCarthy appears to be taking a more hands-on role in the defense, at least at this point. There’s good reason for that, as you well know. The defense was again the Packers’ Achilles heel. After starting the season strong, that unit faded and faded badly as the season wore on.

Now McCarthy is said to be “creating a new vision” for how he would like to see the defense play in 2014. In short, that means more sub-packages and alignments geared toward taking advantage of the strengths of the personnel.

“Our defense is going to change some,” McCarthy said. “You don’t ever stay the same. There will be some adjustments. I don’t know if you’ll notice them. (They’ll be) based on personnel, too. That obviously plays into it.

“We’re going through scheme evaluation. We weren’t as multiple as we were in prior years, really because of the stress of the injuries on that unit. We want to get back to doing some of the things we did well in the past, make sure we’re carrying enough packages to utilize all of our players. We also need to get better on defense. I think these moves on defense will definitely put us on that path.”

Are you excited? Thought so.

While some sort of change is obviously in order, it’s got to be pretty tough to formulate a defensive scheme based on personnel at this point in the offseason.

The entire starting defensive line and the team’s No. 1 cornerback are headed toward free agency. It’s also a pretty safe bet the Packers will have one new starter at the safety position in 2014.

So, we’re guessing this comes down to one guy and one question. How can we put Clay Matthews in a position to dominate?

They should probably figure out how to keep him healthy for a full season first.

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. Savage57 February 10, 2014

    If I’m MM, here’s my profound revelation for the defense in the off-season:

    “We are going to go back to the basics. This is TACKLE football. If your pussy-ass doesn’t want to go low and attack a mother-fucker and wrap him up, there’s no place for you on my team”.

    I am about wore out watching the Packers, back-pedaling to get their feet set and locked on their heels, grabbing at a jersey as the opposition runs past.

  2. Packin Smithy February 10, 2014

    Defense will still suck. Aint foolin me

  3. T-Pack February 10, 2014

    Agree. I don’t anticipate any changes. Capers D just didn’t fit the personnel on the field. And I don’t see that changing.

  4. tequila February 10, 2014

    With the personnel we have I say do the Denver 3-4/4-3 hybrid. Also, shoot Dom Capers in the parking lot in front of the other coaches to set an example.

    1. THhe Money Mike February 11, 2014

      You sir get a gold star for the day

  5. dean sanders February 10, 2014

    Now, I’m not about to get on my knees and start slurping the MM kool aid but I will say that the guy came through on his last verbal commitment, which was to improve the run game. We now have Eddie M****F***** Lacy totin’ the rock. Im expecting legitimate results.

  6. vj February 11, 2014

    More schemes? More multiple? These guys couldn’t grasp where they were supposed to be and who covered who in our current scheme. No wrinkles will improve long term results. You need to draft better players and improve speed and athleticism in the front 7…and better play at safety is stating the obvious. Re watching Seattle (Super Bowl), they keep it simple, rush 4 and drop 7 in zone. San Fran does similar stuff with their personnel. I don’t think anyone can question the results from those two contenders. Disagree? Then bang yiur head against a wall all you want.

  7. K.L. February 11, 2014

    I think better defense has to start with better clock-management on the offensive side of the ball. If the defense has more time to rest, they will play better. Also, the offense needs to improve red-zone efficiency. If we’re putting up points on every drive, maybe our defense won’t be the deciding factor for whether we win the game or not every time.

    1. SA packerfan February 11, 2014

      KL that is sarcasm right? Of course that offense needs to get better but losing games after the offense scores over 30 points is a defense problem. The better way to see it is; better defense = better clock management = more scoring for the offense. The defense gave up lots of games the last few years because they couldn’t get off the field and gave up the winning points with little or no time left.

      MM must be starting to understand that if this defense does not get better its not just Capers that is going get shown the door out.