Mike McCarthy: Our defense is going to change some

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The Packers had a rough year defensively in 2013 as injuries took several key players away from a unit that struggled to stop just about every opponent that came their way.

As a result, head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the “defense is going to change some” for the 2014 season. McCarthy didn’t delve into too many specifics, but linebackers coach Winston Moss said that the team will retain the 3-4 base defense favored by defensive coordinator Dom Capers. McCarthy did say that he wanted to see more versatility on defense next season.

“We were not as multiple maybe this year as we’ve been in prior years really because of the stress of injuries on that unit so we want to get back to some of the things that we did very well in the past and make sure we’re carrying enough packages to utilize all of our players,” McCarthy said, via ESPN.com. “We obviously need to get better on defense, and I think these moves that we’ve made on defense will definitely put us on that path.”

Whether 3-4, 4-3 or something completely different, the success or failure of the Packers defense is going to rest heavily on the players that are on the field executing it. If they find themselves playing without Clay Matthews, Casey Hayward and other key members of the group again next year without upgrading the depth behind them, the results are likely to look a lot like they did this year no matter what the coaches draw up during the week.

35 responses to “Mike McCarthy: Our defense is going to change some

  1. I am also surprised capers is still there. I am also completely sick and tired of McCarthy making off season comments about the defense improving. look it up from last year, barf out the same info repeatedly. Aaron Rodgers is saving peoples jobs that shouldn’t have a job. McCarthy isn’t and shouldnt be regarded as one of the best coaches in the game.

  2. Anyone ever notice that even though Capers took Carolina to the championship game and was the head coach in Texas, no one gives him a call when there’s a head coach opening.

    I wish the Packers ran a 4-3.

  3. for someone so good at picking apart the other teams defenses, this guy is really bad at seeing how terrible his own is.

  4. Packers just don’t have the players to have a good defense. They’ve had a lot of draft pick busts and don’t have enough good draft picks or salary cap to get them.

    They are also injury-prone, as a team, which after several years of the same, is a reflection of coaching.

  5. Hmm…changes on defense. Fire Capers, find D-Lineman that can get off blocks, find Linebackers that can get off blocks and tackle, find DBs that can cover and tackle, and tell Fabio/Thor/Clay to stay healthy for a whole season. That’s just to start…

  6. My Packers defense lies down with the best of them. Our defense might change some, but it won’t change me. I dig who I am. I just hope we cook up something good for this next season. I’m low on thread and material by December and need the distraction of football or I get itchy fingers.

  7. I don’t blame Capers as much as I blame the lack of talent. Aside from Matthews who on the defense can you say is really good ? Not potentially good but good now ? No one

  8. Thompson needs to pay some free agents. They’re wasting such a talented offense because they can’t stop opponents. The draft philosophy is great, but it can only get you so far.

  9. Is there an educational system requirement to attend school past the 6th grade in Minnesota? To come on here and ridicule the Packers when they have flat out owned you is laughable. Also commenting on the Packers D when the Vikings finished worse…well this is where I begin to wonder. Then along comes a comment about the job McCarthy & Thompson have done when again they have dominated the Vikings and have the top 5 in available cap space. Need I go on?

  10. This is the most commitment to required changes ever made by McCarthy. Don’t knock it. At least he admits it is necessary. That is already a huge improvement.

  11. Oh how the jealous vikings customers want to pull everyone down into the gutter with them.

    The vikling defense finished 32 of 32 teams and only embarrass themselves when they attempt to slander the Packers, Seahawks, or other successful teams and or those that have won a World Championship(s).

    If the Packers can keep the injury total down they should have a good defense. When the experienced players are in you can run a more complex defense.

  12. How about Ted Thompson start using some of his top draft picks on defensive players which he hasn’t done since he drafted one of his bigger busts in Justin Harrell.

  13. Bottom line is the Packer D needs to learn how to tackle instead of just trying to push the ball carrier down as he runs by or holding on to an arm and being dragged 20 yards downfield.
    Tackling is sort of a BIG part of the game.

  14. Norseman says:
    Feb 10, 2014 6:11 PM
    Packers just don’t have the players to have a good defense. They’ve had a lot of draft pick busts and don’t have enough good draft picks or salary cap to get them.

    They are also injury-prone, as a team, which after several years of the same, is a reflection of coaching.

    just because greenway played with a broken rist dont make him tuffer than matthews. whatever it dont matter the best free agents all want to be packers because there just better

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