Sunday, June 29, 2008

No More Vanilla Defense?

Word out of Green Bay is the D has been working on more blitzing packages than normal. This wouldn't take much as the Packers defense was among the most vanilla in the league last year - albeit a very solid one. The sack totals slipped as the year went along helped in large part to the injuries to KGB, Johnny Jolly, and Colin Cole. Cole and Jolly in the rotation made Corey Williams more fresh throughout games. Of course, Williams is now gone.

The main benefactors of this more aggressive defense could be Nick Barnett and AJ Hawk...as highlighted in this ESPN article. People have been waiting for Hawk to make more "special" plays...like you would expect a #5 overall pick to make. But, if they only put you in base, vanilla sets...that can be hard to do. Time to unleash the fury.

Of course, running blitz packages in June and running them in September are two different things. I, for one, would love to see what this talented defense can do playing more aggressive.

3 comments:

woziszeus said...

Bring the heat.

I love hearing this. As long as Harris and Woodson are healthy and are playing bump and run, I say let Barnett and Hawk loose.

Tim said...

I agree. Look what happened in both Giants/Patriots games last year. The only thing New England couldn't handle was the constant pressure on Brady.

blueguitarbob said...

The Packers have run defensive packages this Summer with 4 LBs on a number of occasions. When the team picked up Brandon Chillar, I was wondering if they would find ways to have him, Hawk, Barnett, and Poppinga on the field at the same time every now and then. It looks like we might see a 3-4 or 4-4 in situations.