Linebackers’ Moment to Shine: Kampman, Matthews thrust into critical roles : Packers Insider

Linebackers’ Moment to Shine: Kampman, Matthews thrust into critical roles

October 4, 2009 by  
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By  Tom Silverstein, Journal Sentinel
Oct 5th, 2009

With every game he has played this season, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been sacked fewer times than in the game before.

Four against Detroit, three against Cleveland and two against San Francisco.

If the Green Bay Packers have anything to do with it, that trend not only will end Monday night, but it will be turned on its head in the same fashion Favre is turned on his. It’s a great plan to have, but to really put the old man in his place, the Packers are going to need more production from their outside linebackers. 

Brady Poppinga and the Packers LBers will be critical in both containing the NFL's best RB, and getting pressure on the NFL's oldest QB

Brady Poppinga and the Packers LBers will be critical in both containing the NFL's best RB, and getting pressure on the NFL's oldest QB

The 3-4 defense showcases the outside rushers, particularly the one on the right side, who generally gets to attack the weak side of the formation and the quarterback’s blind side. Every successful 3-4 defense has a James Harrison, DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman or Terrell Suggs putting the fear of Lombardi into opposing backfields.

Some, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, have another outstanding outside linebacker like Lamar Woodley to complement Harrison.  

The Packers?

Well, they have a former 4-3 pass-rushing end at left outside linebacker and a rookie still getting his feet wet on the right side. Aaron Kampman and Clay Matthews have been a solid duo on passing downs, combining for two sacks, a forced fumble and three other quarterback hits.

But calling them the linchpins of coordinator Dom Capers’ pressure package would be an overstatement.

“Where we are right now, we’re still trying to find out what our best combination of people are,” Capers said Friday.

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