Green Bay Packers‘ defensive coordinator Dom Capers seems to keep jobs in the NFL; however, his teams seems to under-perform as was proven last night against the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers’ defense had no answers for a record-setting performance by 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick (181 yards rushing, but let’s not ignore his 263 passing yards and four total touchdowns). Kaepernick wasn’t alone ,as the rest of the 49ers offense dominated the game. It’s fair to say that Capers was taken to school last night.
While many Chicago Bears‘ fans were not sad to see Lovie Smith go, he had done a good job with the their defense. The Bears led the league by a large margin with 44 takeaways in 2012. The Bears’ defense was third in points per game (17.3) while the Packers were 11th (21). With an offense as potent as the Packers, the defense has to do its part. Quite honestly, while players like Clay Matthews III gets sacks he has not developed into an all-around linebacker yet. Smith’s resume includes Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. AJ Hawk still struggles as an inside linebacker, but with Smith’s tutelage he may finally emerge as the player he was projected to be when drafted out of Ohio State.
The one concern is personnel. The Packers are built as a 3/4 defense while Smith’s Tampa-Two defense is a 4/3 scheme. I’ll argue that it is easier to find an interior defensive lineman as opposed to a good linebacker. There’s not a Packers’ fan that can defend its defense after last night’s thrashing. With a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers and other offensive weapons, the Packers cannot afford to not give their team a better chance of winning. The Tampa-Two when it works, keeps teams in the game and will cause turnovers. Can you imagine if the Packers offense was complimented by the Bears defense this past season? Even a less-successful version of the 2012 Bears’ defense would have helped the Packers.
As you can tell by the name, I’m a Bears’ fan. I do not want to help the Packers, but based on what I saw last night the Packers need to make a change and there’s a guy with a bit of a chip on his shoulder right down the road.
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