Capers’ Defense has been Stopping the Run : Packers Insider

Capers’ Defense has been Stopping the Run

November 19, 2009 by  
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By Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Nov. 19th, 2009

Coach Mike McCarthy’s switch to a 3-4 defense with coordinator Dom Capers has shored up one of the great deficiencies for the Green Bay Packers last season — their run defense.

Last January, McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Bob Sanders because the 2008 Packers didn’t stop the run (No. 26 in the NFL in yards allowed and yards allowed per carry) or rush the passer (No. 25 in sacks percentage).

Led by Pickett, Jolly, Jenkins, and Raji up front, the Packers defense is suddenly one of the best in the NFL in stopping the run. Here comes another major test in Frank Gore, the Inconvenient Truth.

Led by Pickett, Jolly, Jenkins, and Raji up front, the Packers defense is suddenly one of the best in the NFL in stopping the run. Here comes another major test in Frank Gore, the Inconvenient Truth.

 

Capers this season has made a modest gain getting after the quarterback — the Packers rank No. 18 in sacks percentage a little past the halfway point. 

But with essentially the same personnel, he has turned one of the NFL’s worst run defenses into among its best. The Packers rank No. 4 in yards allowed and average rush per carry. 

“Going into the season, Mike asked me many times, can we stop the run?” Capers said this week. “Based off of last year (on videotape), I know we didn’t always stop the run, but I felt we would because of our people. But I was concerned after the Cincinnati game. I didn’t have a good feel after that game, but I’ve had a pretty good feel since that point in time.”

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