Blake Martinez likes accountability of new Packers defense

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At the end of the 2017 season, former Packers cornerback Damarious Randall lamented the lack of accountability on defense in Green Bay by saying that the team’s coaches were “allowing guys on the field” even if they didn’t fulfill their assignments on plays.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy slammed Randall in response to those comments and then shipped him to the Browns in a trade last month. Randall must have been the wrong messenger because it doesn’t appear the team disagreed with his assessment of the defense.

Linebacker Blake Martinez spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said that he likes the stress that new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is putting on accountability.

“Just his need and want of having organization throughout every single part, making sure there’s no mental errors, no missed assignments, any of that,” Martinez said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He was going to be strict on it. He wasn’t going to let anything fly, if you’re a Pro Bowler or a rookie coming in. I think that was kind of the cool stance hearing from him and talking to him about that because that was one of my things that I wanted to voice my opinion on, just making sure everyone is on the right page at the right time and nothing is confused.”

Martinez will play a big role in instilling the new way of doing things in Green Bay as he’ll be taking over the playcalling duties on defense with Morgan Burnett joining Randall as a former member of the Packers. That will leave him responsible for making sure everyone is lined up right and an added level of culpability should the move to a new system create new problems in Green Bay.

20 responses to “Blake Martinez likes accountability of new Packers defense

  1. So Randall was right and McCarthy was wrong (as usual).

    The Packers sent the wrong guy “packing”.

  2. Blake’s probably one of the more solid players on the Packers defense. When most of the defense wasn’t making plays, he was. It will be interesting to see if the defense improved from this new coaching change. I think Packers should have got rid of Don Capers years ago. I also think McCarthy should be gone to. The coaching staff of the Packers is just not very smart, and rely on the magic of Aaron Rodgers too much. He has saved all their jobs over these years.

  3. It is sad to think accountability is such a new thing for a defense. Almost upsets me that mccarthy gets to hide behind Rodgers. At least Pettine can hopefully show us a good defense for a change.

  4. I think Capers was too old, too set in his ways or complacent to challenge these guys enough. And I think keeping Randall would have been wise. I’m not ready to toss McCarthy (I hear you, ajzinnecker), but I’m not as stoked about him as in the past. Hopefully the new coordinators will make a solid improvement. We still have to draft very well to increase the defense.

  5. The problem wasn’t Randall being right and Mike being wrong. The problem was Randall being a guy not held accountable for what he was doing on the field and in the locker room.

  6. The Packers defense has been a shambles since they a) let Cullen Jenkins walk after the Super Bowl triumph in 2010 and b) lost safety Nick Collins to a career-ending neck injury in 2011 season opener. They still haven’t replaced Collins.

  7. I dont think they sent the wrong guy packing.
    I think they didnt send enough guys packing.

    You’ll like Pettine, he’s very Zimmer and doesn’t screw around.
    Whether they have enough players yet to run his scheme who knows.

    McCarthy better watch his back though, plenty of coordinators/head coached would love to work with Rodgers. Wouldnt be surprised if Pettine is the head coach by 2020.

  8. I think Capers was too old, too set in his ways or complacent to challenge these guys enough.

    I’m sure he had a hard time relating to his players.

    I think his scheme was his downfall. His defense was prehistoric, and his attempts to adapt to the times were, well.. pretty comical.

  9. I like Pettine’s pedigree.

    He got his pro start with the Ravens and spent a lot of time around Rex Ryan. #1 defense in 2009, 2 AFCC Games.

    I think there’s more talent on the D then they get credit for. Blake Martinez, Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, HHC-D.. good role players in Jake Ryan and Dean Lowry.. Perry, Matthews.. I can look at plenty of rosters and fail to pick 8 defenders worth talking about.

    I think they can get to respectability in a hurry, but they need a superstar. Too bad they didn’t go 4-12 in a wasted 2017 so they had a shot to draft Fitzpatrick or Chubb.

  10. teal379 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 8:42 am
    The problem wasn’t Randall being right and Mike being wrong. The problem was Randall being a guy not held accountable for what he was doing on the field and in the locker room.

    Don’t pay any attention to the typical fight-picking Viking trolls, picking fights when there is no reason to do so, making stuff up, twisting the truth to suit their own agenda, and hilariously thinking their postseason performance was somehow legitimate. It’s what they all do. They want what we have and they want to be us.

  11. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 9:46 am
    Standards are much higher in Green Bay than throughout much of the NFL. The 13 time World Champions have much to live up to


    And as of lately they are not coming close to their high standards

  12. Martinez is a pretty good LB — always seemed to at least be near the play. Although he seemed to struggle in pass coverage, something he may be hearing about during this new accountability stage.

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