With or without injured safety Morgan Burnett, the Green Bay Packers’ secondary will have to step up against the Washington Redskins in Week 2. Every single defensive back that is given playing time has been deemed fit by the coaching staff to handle their job. It is now their responsibility to go out and execute on game day.
“Obviously, you want your best players out there, but we don’t make excuses,” safeties coach Darren Perry said, according to FoxNews.com. “We were in position; we just didn’t make the plays. That was the bottom line. It wasn’t anything special (the 49ers) did. We didn’t make any plays, and we certainly allowed for some big-play opportunities through some missed tackles that we can easily correct. From that standpoint, there’s really no need to hit the panic button.”
The Packers allowed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to throw for 412 yards and three touchdowns. Not to mention, wide receiver Anquan Boldin (13 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown) and tight end Vernon Davis (six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns) had a field day with the secondary.
With that being said, Perry is absolutely correct when he says there is no need to hit the panic button. The 49ers are a terrific team that will definitely be competing for a Super Bowl berth this season. Some would even say Green Bay stacked up pretty well against them considering they were missing starters Casey Hayward and Burnett in the secondary. On the other hand, Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings allowed way too many big plays happen, which is definitely a concern.
Burnett is currently a game-time decision, which means Green Bay will have to prepare to play Washington without him. That means certain players have to step up and prevent big passing plays. There is no question the pass rushers will have to get after Robert Griffin III, but the defensive backs have to make sure they are making the necessary tackles in the open field.