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Packers continue to have problems on special teams

October 1, 2010 by  
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Oct 1, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy

~More than a year ago, when GM Ted Thompson announced the hiring of Dom Capers as his defensive coordinator, Thompson stated that the switch to Capers’ 3-4 defense would be an added benefit to the Packers special teams units, which had perennially been near the bottom in the league.

Thompson’s reasoning was it would put more athletic linebackers on the field, which would boost the special teams units.

A line-drive punt by the Packers’ Tim Masthay forced him to make a touchdown-saving tackle on Bears returner Devin Hester. Hester later returned one for a pivotal touchdown. Replays showed that the Bears got away with two illegal blocks in the back, including a blatant one against AJ Hawk.

While that sounds good in theory, there’s a lot more to special teams than just having a bunch of guys in the 235-255 pound range. Unfortunately, the Packers continue to be plagued by poor special teams, and they have lost games as a result of it.

Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel has more here:

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