Swarm of Linebackers stings Bears : Packers Insider

Swarm of Linebackers stings Bears

December 15, 2009 by  
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Dec 15, 2009 ~ By Tom Silverstein, Journal-Sentinel ~ 

It makes a good story to say that Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was in his lab all last week conjuring up his so-called “psycho” defense.

The truth is that necessity was his mother of invention. 

Now that "psycho" is on tape for the Packers' next opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Capers will need to magically come up with something new

Now that "psycho" is on tape for the Packers' next opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Capers will need to magically come up with something new

The one-lineman, five-linebacker look that Capers unveiled against the Chicago Bears on Sunday has an Alfred Hitchcock-themed name and is designed to create chaos. But it really came about because he had so few defensive linemen available in practice last week because of injury.

Though only nose tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring) missed the game, ends Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) and Johnny Jolly (knee) couldn’t play as much as they normally do, so Capers pulled out a defensive look he had used years ago and fit it to his squad. He used it about a half-dozen times on passing downs against Chicago.

The difficulty for the Bears – with one lineman over the center and a bunch of linebackers moving all around – was figuring out which players were going to blitz and how to account for them.

“For what we hoped it would do going in, I think it served its purpose,” said Capers, whose defense ranks No. 2 overall this week. “We were able to create a little indecision in identification early in the game. You saw the first time they ran the draw, we had two guys come free.

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