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Datone Jones is Now an Outside Linebacker

Datone Jones

The Green Bay Packers should just eliminate the defensive end position from their roster. Everyone’s just an outside linebacker from now on!

Defensive end Datone Jones is the latest to make the switch, defensive coordinator Dom Capers confirmed this week.

“He’s going to swing in both ways,” Capers said. “He’ll work with (defensive line coach Mike Trgovac) on certain things and he’ll work with (linebackers coach Winston Moss) on other things. We’re trying to develop that. Probably last week was the first step. We thought the week before we probably wanted to give Datone a few more reps, try to round out the reps because he was a little low a week before.”

Jones played a season-high 30 snaps against the Lions, often at outside linebacker opposite Nick Perry. Like us, you probably didn’t notice, since Jones didn’t show up on the stat sheet at all.

The move seems more about getting Jones more reps than it does about anything else. He was buried behind Mike Daniels, Mike Pennel and Letroy Guion at defensive end.

And even though Jones has been productive as a pass rusher, he wasn’t getting many opportunities behind those three. He was really only playing in dime as an inside rusher.

It should not be considered coincidence that the Packers are trying to get Jones on the field more. His strength is rushing the passer and the Packers haven’t registered a single sack in three weeks.

Jones is joining Julius Peppers, Mike Neal and Nick Perry, all of whom were once defensive ends and now play outside backer.

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23 Comments

  1. Cheese November 20, 2015

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME….

  2. Remedy November 20, 2015

    So that means even less opportunities for The Sackmaster…

    1. MMTTDCSUCK November 20, 2015

      Yep

  3. PF4L November 20, 2015

    Maybe he’ll be playing OLB, under the guise of being able to have a free rush at the QB like other teams do to us. My only question is, was it Capers idea, or just another move that McCarthy told him to make. Just fucking retire already, i’m sick of talking about this stale fuck.

  4. MR November 20, 2015

    Almost as brilliant as drafting college TEs to convert them to OL

  5. ay hombre November 20, 2015

    Pad level.
    Clean that up.
    We’re focusing on fundamentals.
    Let’s move this D-lineman to outside backer.

    FUCK OFF! I am getting so sick of this team.

    Go Vikes if that helps the process of this entire coaching staff being on the hot seat.

    What? A guy can dream can’t he?

    Most annoying coaching/management regime ever.

  6. Big Gay Clay November 20, 2015

    I don’t see how the move could hurt. Try it out since he hasn’t exactly been making an impact at DE

    1. Ted Hawthorne November 20, 2015

      You’re right, Clay. Datone is actually quicker and
      more agile than Perry and will probably outdo
      him at OLB. But Perry and Jones are actually true
      DE’s in the old 4-3. And THAT’s what the Packer
      defense should have shifted to long ago. But
      this business of “draft and shift,” is just another
      example of TT’s attempt to show how clever
      he is. He’s the problem.

  7. MMTTDCSUCK November 20, 2015

    What happened to Elliott? He was beginning to figure it out! WTF is wrong with Capers and this coaching staff? Playing favorites on the O’ and the D’ is getting old and obvious . . . play the people that are performing better . . .

    1. Ted Hawthorne November 20, 2015

      Exactly. Elliot WON the fucking game against
      Seattle with the INT and FR. That was really
      embarrassing to TT since Elliot wasn’t “his
      project.” This whole Packer line-up, and the
      refusal to change it, is an expression of TT
      covering his ass on his ridiculous draft and
      trade policies. And he digs in, like the
      stubborn cheapskate he is.

      1. MMTTDCSUCK November 20, 2015

        Agreed on TT! I wonder how many other teams do this kind of bullshit? Or at least seem to? I know coaches from grade school and up to college do it. I was naïve to think it would not happen at this level . . . geesh!

      2. ay hombre November 20, 2015

        Don’t you guys know that Packers players always step in, perform well and then go back to the bench?

        Jeff Janis- Still two of the bigger plays of the year were on his receptions against San Diego. Not to mention, him going deep opened up Randall Cobb to the point it was without question as open as a man has been all year for this team. Janis running deep opened that up. Of course Cobb dropped it, but that’s besides the point. Janis continues to gather dust and frankly I’m sick of it.

        After this fine showing in SD Janis immediately became the go to threat on kneel downs. Well done coaching staff!

        Jayrone Elliott- He’s gone from epic playmaker for the first few weeks of the year including the already mentioned clinching of the Seahawks, to barely even being seen on the field including special teams.

        Is he hurt? Hell no! Maybe he’s had the audacity to question his coaches on occasion. With the arrogance of this regime, that’s enough to get you on the pine for a lifetime.

        Jake Ryan- Turns in a nice game and opens the door to the question of whether he should start. Promptly gets sent to the bench and gets ZERO snaps the following week.

        Ladarius Gunther- Granted it was preseason…but dude could ball and made plays. Has yet to get any snaps despite D-backs “coach” Joe Whitt saying he wanted to play Gunther but chickened out.

        Rodgers is scared. Whitt chickened out. McCarthy with the burden of being the playcaller removed has done nothing to focus on the parts of his game that have always sucked…like clock and game management…aka all things not having to do with offensive play calling. Capers can call a good game until the opponent faces 3rd and 12 or longer and then he will fuck it up every time and provide more turning points for more Packers opponents to turn the tables. Joe Whitt- Seriously. Fuck this guy. Every time he opens his mouth he makes me want to stop being a Packers fan.

        The more I say this, the more I start to get behind the idea that if we lose out, maybe there will finally be change.

        If this team doesn’t come to play on Sunday…I don’t even care if they win or not…but if they don’t show up and play hard, I believe not only will I be on the “Fire the whole coaching staff” bullhorn, I will be convinced that the Packer players were on it well before me.

        It. Is. Time.

        1. MMTTDCSUCK November 21, 2015

          ^^^^^^^^ Home run!

  8. packers4 November 20, 2015

    this packer coaching staff does not have a fuckn clue and never will. food for though do you think the O-line quit on this coach in seattle 4 and 1 at the goal line and kicks a field goal. slowest wr’s and te in football qb seems to have no confidence lacy can’t run Janis Elliott Ryan bench warmers AND the sad thing is no changes will be made no coaches fired same plays same 3 man rushs same status quo

  9. John smith November 20, 2015

    Why can’t they just fucken draft a natural OLB out of college !!!!!!!!!!

  10. jtmax November 20, 2015

    How bout datone as ilb. No more runs up the middle. Palmer is too slow and weak

  11. jtmax November 20, 2015

    Its really getting lots of beef at the line to stop ap.

  12. nic November 20, 2015

    Ay hombre I could not have said it any better all your points were spot on.unfortunately as long as TT is running the show I see no relief in sight

  13. Andy Pants November 20, 2015

    I’m exhausted from reading these posts. Holy fuck you guys are stressed out. Just jump ship already. Cheer for one of those other better teams, like the Vikings as at hombre suggested, that wins more games, more Playoff games, and more Super Bowls. Or, aren’t there any better teams? You guys need to figure something out because it can’t be healthy getting this mad every single year, no matter what.

  14. V November 21, 2015

    Wow, just…wow…great replies to read. I guess this is what not having a real owner does to a team’s braintrust. They get arrogant and power mad. Maybe do an article on granting Packers fans the ability to vote out the regime? Oh mo wait, that would be too Democratic.

  15. Vano Lucas November 21, 2015

    This constant tinkering with players at various positions is probably the main reason our defense often stinks. You can’t just turn a guy into any position you want. Hell, why not Jones at CB, and Neal at safety? This really seems like bad management of personnel by Capers and McCarthy both.

  16. MMTTDCSUCK November 21, 2015

    Fuck these fucking fucks!! lol! It is like watching a train wreck some weeks! Then you have to listen to the same tired excuses that are never worked out within their football system. All I want to do is watch a well coached, well oiled machine go in there and execute like professionals! Is this asking too much from a fan’s perspective? If we ran our business’s, or performed like this at our jobs, would we have either remaining? These guys need to feel the heat of the fans for this ridiculous funk that TT, MM, and DC have placed this team in. These guys are overrated, they continue to get passes from Murphy and the Homer fans. Today is today! This is 2015! Not the 2010 SB!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Andy Pants November 29, 2015

    OH, SHIT, guys. It looks like this one is working out better than expected. Don’t let the success of this move dissuade you from the idea that you’re smarter than the Packers’ management though. A broken clock and stuff, amirite?