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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 “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.

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35 Responses to “Mike McCarthy: Our defense is going to change some”
  1. noeffinway says: Feb 10, 2014 5:14 PM

    I’m surprised Capers is still there.

  2. sdsmooth says: Feb 10, 2014 5:16 PM

    Crazy good offenses in the NFC North. Minnesota excluded of course.

  3. contra74 says: Feb 10, 2014 5:20 PM

    Mike Sams?

  4. nwfisch says: Feb 10, 2014 5:27 PM

    Mike McCarthy-Barney Fife personified.

  5. bowmanj35 says: Feb 10, 2014 5:30 PM

    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.

  6. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Feb 10, 2014 5:30 PM

    Change some meaning, to like the 32nd ranked defense overall.

    At least varnish sales will always be on the up in the state of Wisconsin.

  7. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 10, 2014 5:36 PM

    For years, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have depended on the greatness of Aaron Rodgers to paper over the deficiencies on the rest of the roster. You want to improve your defense? Start with getting rid of those two hangers on.

  8. realfootballfan says: Feb 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    Maybe fans ought to stop blaming Dom Capers and assign the blame where it should be, on Ted Thompson drafting bad players.

  9. maestro71 says: Feb 10, 2014 5:46 PM

    Capers is old and everyone’s figured him out. Need to get someone fresh in that position.

  10. hodag54501 says: Feb 10, 2014 5:47 PM

    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.

  11. adoombray says: Feb 10, 2014 5:50 PM

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

  12. bla bla bla says: Feb 10, 2014 5:50 PM

    if the Packers and their coach are so bad, what does it say about the rest of the division (that have been owned for years by the Green & Gold)?

  13. taylorgangtrippymane says: Feb 10, 2014 5:56 PM

    Teach Clay Matthews how to play the run

  14. deflateddome says: Feb 10, 2014 5:59 PM

    Maybe Datone Jones can muster more than 22 snaps this year.

    A UDFA could do better than this…

  15. 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.

  16. thealmightybigblue says: Feb 10, 2014 6:17 PM

    It will go from high school level defense to college level defense.HOORAY?

  17. f1restarter says: Feb 10, 2014 6:18 PM

    The Packers’ defense looks like Seattle compared with the Vikings’ D.

  18. onbucky96 says: Feb 10, 2014 6:26 PM

    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…

  19. ariani1985 says: Feb 10, 2014 6:38 PM

    Tell fabio to earn his pay!

  20. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 10, 2014 6:45 PM

    Fire the training staff to keep key players healthy.

  21. shaggytoodle says: Feb 10, 2014 6:46 PM

    Charles Woodson was versatile.

  22. dahmergeinteam says: Feb 10, 2014 6:48 PM

    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.

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 10, 2014 6:52 PM

    Add their injured stars and the draft picks, and the Packers are poised to contend for a NFL record 14th World Championship.

  24. mountaindont says: Feb 10, 2014 7:05 PM

    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

  25. thevikesarebest says: Feb 10, 2014 7:06 PM

    The vikings defense >turd bay’s defense next season.Skol

  26. vikinggroininjury says: Feb 10, 2014 7:41 PM

    It wasn’t just 2013…it was 2012…2011…..and might be 2014 unless Thompson DOES draft and/or sign some GOOD defensive players. No more Justin Harrel, or other busts.

  27. GenXJay says: Feb 10, 2014 7:45 PM

    the article didn’t mention growing knuckles or any enhancement relating to toughness. I suspect nothing will change with these softies.

  28. keramidas21 says: Feb 10, 2014 7:53 PM

    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.

  29. gbmickey says: Feb 10, 2014 9:12 PM

    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?

  30. stellarperformance says: Feb 11, 2014 12:25 AM

    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.

  31. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 11, 2014 2:43 AM

    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.

  32. Wisconsin77 says: Feb 11, 2014 3:21 AM

    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.

  33. skimbell says: Feb 11, 2014 8:38 AM

    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.

  34. linemanguy74 says: Feb 11, 2014 1:24 PM

    Wasn’t the same thing said last year about this time??

  35. inbredcheesehead says: Feb 12, 2014 3:39 AM

    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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