Packers defense feels “way, way better off” in Mike Pettine’s second year

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The Packers have a new head coach for the first time since 2006, but the change from Mike McCarthy to Matt LaFleur is hitting harder on one side of the ball than the other.

Green Bay held onto defensive coordinator Mike Pettine through the head coaching change and that’s allowed them continuity on that side of the ball while LaFleur takes the offense in a different direction. There are plenty of new faces to integrate into the mix after free agency and the draft, but linebacker Blake Martinez still feels the unit is “way, way better off” than it was at this time last year.

Defensive lineman Mike Daniels agrees with Martinez’s take on how things are shaping up on defense.

“I’m really excited. We had a coach with a new scheme last year,” Daniels said, via Madison.com. “There were a lot of speed bumps, learning curves — whatever you want to call them — and now you see everybody is a lot more comfortable with the scheme. And it’s showing.”

If new additions like Za'Darius Smith, Adrian Amos and Rashan Gary can make themselves comfortable as well, the Packers may be able to lean on their defense a little more in the early part of the season in the event the offense is still finding its way.

64 responses to “Packers defense feels “way, way better off” in Mike Pettine’s second year

  1. I feel confident in saying that I’d be surprised if our D wasn’t in the top 10 by the end of the season.

  2. The Pack D has been mediocre at best for the past several years. They are due for a turnaround. And this unit may just be that change. Very exciting year to be a Packer fan with the moderate overhaul. Expecting great things – GO PACK GO!!

  3. I’ll have to see improvement before I get super excited about it.

    But there’s no reason to not be optimistic. The moves they made were seemingly savvy, and it typically takes a defense some time to learn new schemes.

    So…maybe?

  4. I thought Pettine would’ve changed things even faster – I must’ve overestimated how good Green Bay’s defense was to begin with! 🙂

  5. It has little to do with the coach and his system and more to do with they finally have some guys on the D that can actually play. Outside of Daniels and Clark the D is almost completely remade from 2017 and Clark is much better as a player now than 2 years ago.

    Like an above comment I need to see it work on the field before I get too excited but there is no reason to think this unit can’t be a top 10 D. Give #12 a top 10 defense and he will win you titles.

  6. pkrlvr says:
    May 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    I feel confident in saying that I’d be surprised if our D wasn’t in the top 10 by the end of the season.
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    There it is – the most ridiculous thing I have seen on the Internet today and its only 11am PT.

  7. That defense was pretty poor last year so I would expect them to be “way, way better off” this year.

  8. vikings1234 says:
    May 16, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    That defense was pretty poor last year so I would expect them to be “way, way better off” this year.

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    It was an average D I believe we finished 18 which for the talent and depth wasn’t that bad. We got allot of sacks although blitzed allot. I would imagine if you paid attention to the additions and being a rival to the west you may worry about your QB and Oline a bit more this year then last. Nothing has been shown yet but we got younger, bigger, faster and healthier. See you guys soon.

  9. Just a few of the projected starting 22:

    Defense;

    Mike Daniels

    Kenny Clark

    Rashan Gary

    Za’Darius Smith

    Blake Martinez

    Preston Smith

    Jaire Alexander

    Kevin King

    Tramon Williams

    Darnell Savage

    Adrian Amos

    Offense;

    Aaron Rodgers

    Aaron Jones

    Davante Adams

    Geronimo Allison

    Marquez Valdes-Scantling

    Jimmy Graham

    David Bakhtiari

    Lane Taylor

    Corey Linsley

    Billy Turner

    Bryan Bulaga

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  10. There it is – the most ridiculous thing I have seen on the Internet today and its only 11am PT.
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    Not really worth explaining anything to trolls but you and ariani seem extra thick, so let me try. Last year we were ranked 18th. This year we picked up 3 solid free agents on defense, and drafted two more. And we’re in the second year of our new coordinater, so moving up 8 spots (18-10=8) isn’t a reach. Smarter fans would understand this and not even make such a ridiculous post, but your a Viking fan, so no such luck.

  11. Now is the time our defense really needs to step up. Aaron is on the decline. The head coach will be worse. And there is nothing else to do here. But at least our metal bleachers will still be uncomfortable and cold. And then there’s the choice of two, yes, you read that right, the choice of TWO Applebee’s to visit for after game grazings.

  12. Could it be any worse?
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    Yes, we could have done very little throughout the off-season and be going into the 2019 season with basically the same team that only won 8 games last year. Luckily the Packers brass is much smarter than that and made the necessary changes to improve our team for the upcoming season.

  13. Still too much garbage on that side of the ball. Maybe in 2 years if they draft well it can be fixed.
    But I hear Packer fans are eagerly waiting for cut down day this year to see if the Packers will be able to fix their D on that day.

  14. I hear Packer players and cheese eaters both hoping Aaron Rodgers plays motivated like John Wick this year because he had . his dirty laundry aired in public. (This hope is probably so that he makes up for that garbage D)

    Why does Rodgers need to have his dirty laundry aired to be motivated? Shouldn’t he be motivated after getting to be the highest paid player in the NFL like he demanded or just being the penultimate professional? Can the Packer fans who think Rodgers will become John Wick answer that question?

  15. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    Pettine is the guy that watched his entire defense quit on him in the last game of the season. Embarrassing.

    ———-

    At least they don’t do exactly what The head coach tells them to not do.

    That’s reserved for Vikings players, who think they know better than their head coach.

  16. Actually it’s a David Bakhtiari quote as I stated when I posted it. I see it is STILL bothering someone. I’m sure Bakh is laughing like I am that it is still on someones mind.

    Bakh was asked what he expects from Aaron Rodgers this season:

    “Have you ever seen John Wick? Did you see when they killed his dog? That, (long pause) is what I expect”

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  17. The fact that Pettine got a 18th rank defense from the squad last year, is amazing. The secondary alone, was a turnstile. They were signing guys on Wednesday and playing them on Sunday. Its ridiculous to think they won’t get more.

    The guys they signed have one thing in common, they have shown they can play every week. The addition of Amos will solidify the first problem in their defense. Having both your edge guys available each week, which is something else that hasn’t happened recently. Perry stole 10 million from the Pack last year, and Clay at this stage is a role player. It is silly not to expect some kind of improvement from them.

  18. So 3 guys there original team didn’t want? These equal mediocrity.
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    If only your grammar, post content, and understanding of free agency could reach mediocrity.

  19. I dig it a great rookie season from Alexander, Kenny Clark making strides, hopefully Martinez bulks up as he plans, can keep his speed, and a new draft class and FA. It takes at least two seasons to get new schemes implimented one to learn it, and the second year it becomes automatic for players, and hopefully the vets that are there, help the new faces transition.

  20. They’ve got the horses now and the D stunk before, so they should be better. I bet the Pack D is top 15 this year — no more excuses.

  21. packrule says:

    It was an average D I believe we finished 18 which for the talent and depth wasn’t that bad.
    ###

    They allowed 25 points per game (the most important stat) – which ranked 22nd in the NFL. But when your offense only scores 23.5 points per game, that’s a problem that leads to only 6 wins.

    With the faltering offense, they will have to hold opponents to 10 points or less per game to get to 8 wins.

  22. Packers will likely be the most improved team in the NFCN, and the team to beat. Rodgers is ready, after playing eight games with a broken leg, two more with a strained hamstring, and missed the last game in concussion protocol. It’s humorous he was still able to outperform the Minnesota Guarantee over the course of the season. The Vikings re-signed all their overrated guys because that’s all they could afford, so nobody’s expecting much there. Lions? Bears? Who knows.

  23. I just know the last two years Chicago and Minnesota had the top defense in the NFL.

    You see what happened to both of them in the playoffs. Philadelphia scored 38 against Minnesota and 16 against Chicago.

  24. Vikings fans guaranteed a division championship last year.

    Now I am hearing that they’ll be even better, while not improving their team in any meaningful way…and in fact losing players that jumped ship?

  25. The Packers have had two down seasons the last two years and have still won the NFC North 5 of the last 8 seasons. Let that sink in.

    Mike Pettine’s defense in their 2nd year with all the additions made this spring and Matt LaFleur’s offense with Aaron Rodgers running it makes the Packers “the team to beat in the NFC” says Pete Prisco of CBS Sports. People will pay more attention to Pete than a jealous, crying Vikings fan. Go figure.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  26. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 17, 2019 at 4:26 am
    The Packers have had two down seasons the last two years and have still won the NFC North 5 of the last 8 seasons. Let that sink in.

    @@@&&@&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    And next year you will be saying the packers have won the division 5 out of the last 9 seasons. Let that sink in. Pete Prisco 😂

  27. flviking says:
    May 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    Packer fans guaranteed a top 15 defense last year, didn’t happen. Now I am hearing a top 10 for this year?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Vikings bought the farm for a guaranteed SuperBowl appearance. What’s worse?

  28. Players beat scheme, scheme beats plays. Green bay needs to upgrade their talent level. Time will tell if the Smiths, Amos, Gary, and Savage are the talent we need.

  29. There’s no argument that the Packers stunk it up last year, but to go from 13-3 to 8-7-1 (and the 1 was a gift) after you just gave a QB $84m gauranteed is just crushing. When Case Keenum wins 5 more games than your new Golden boy, it’s got to be tough to be optimistic. But at least they took the necessary steps this off-season to fix things.

  30. The Packers winning the North 5 times in the last 8 seasons is fact. Saying the Packers won’t win the North this season is just hopes and dreams like always from you.

    The actual 2019 NFC North fight is between Chicago and Green Bay and anyone who isn’t a crying little kid using multiple SN’s obsessing over the Packers and their fans in every Packers thread will say the same.

    #GoPackGo!🏈🧀

    #FearTheDeer🦌🏀

  31. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 17, 2019 at 6:03 pm
    The Packers winning the North 5 times in the last 8 seasons is fact. Saying the Packers won’t win the North this season is just hopes and dreams like always from you.

    The actual 2019 NFC North fight is between Chicago and Green Bay and anyone who isn’t a crying little kid using multiple SN’s obsessing over the Packers and their fans in every Packers thread will say the same.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. My apologies. I never said winning 5 times in the last 8 was not fact. I was saying winning 5 in the last 9 is fact.

  32. There’s no argument that the Packers stunk it up last year,
    _____
    Yet nobody would have ever suspected that was going to happening if they were reading cheese lovers posts in here the prior off seasons. Just like this off-season. I mean have you read a Pete Prisco blurb he probably but all of two minutes of thought into to fill some space?!!!!!!!!! 🤡🤡🤡

  33. Jason La Canfora
    “I have serious concerns about the new power structure in Green Bay and the Aaron Rodgers/Matt Lafleur coupling could be perilous”

    I don’t put any value in any of these statements. Talking (writing) head opinion pieces. But it is funny how Packer fans tout any reporter as credible if the say something nice about the Packers. I mean have you read greg rosenthal? LOLOL

  34. “And next year you will be saying the packers have won the division 5 out of the last 9 seasons”

    =======

    Hopes and dreams is all you ever have.

  35. Wow. Not only are you the team to beat in the NFCN now but the entire NFC all together, huh? Thats cute. I’m glad you believe that to be true, it’ll make the crushing reality all that better this November. And please keep bragging about your past 9 years when you did nothing but embarrass yourself year after year in the postseason with the ‘greatest quarterback ever’. Ah, uh… sure.

  36. The hopes and dreams of Viking fans are the fortunes and memories of Packer fans. It’s undeniable. They can’t stand our appreciative attitude as Packer fans. They want some of that. That’s why they’re so interested in us. They can’t get us out of their minds. They want to be us.

  37. Yes, some like CBS Sports are saying the Packers are “the team to beat in the NFC.” I know that triggers you as you show above.

    I never said anything about the past “9 years”. That was you. I did say even with 2 down seasons in the last 2 years the Packers have won the North 5 times in 8 years.

    The Packers also won yet another World Championship on February 6th, 2011. That really embarrassed you I guess.

    Poor Barney.

  38. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The Packers also won yet another World Championship on February 6th, 2011. That really embarrassed you I guess

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I was six years old way back then. 2011😂

  39. Jason La Canfora works for CBS sports. Pete prisco works for CBS sports. If either says something in an opinion piece does not mean CBS sports is saying it. Stupid cheese eater.

  40. Most people have seen that CBS Sports has the Packers at #2 in their most recent post draft power rankings.

  41. I think the No. 2 rank by Pete Prisco is genius. The only time I felt he was wrong is when he predicted a favored-to-win-on-the-road Viking victory over the Eagles.

    Other than that, dead-on.

  42. Cbs sports does not have it’s power ranking. Pete prisco has his power rankings on CBS sports. Smh.

    “2019 NFL predictions: A way-too-early look at who’ll be division winners and playoff teams” on CBS sports has the Packers falling apart

    You cares but you and stella

  43. 247 Sports on May 10th, 2019

    ‘Green Bay lands near the top of CBS Sports power rankings’

    #1 New England

    #2 Green Bay

    #12 Chicago

    #20 Minnesota

    #29 Detroit

    And to answer your other question…

    Obviously you care A LOT. You have been posting about it in a Packers thread for a full day now.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

    #FearTheDeer🦌

  44. stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    I think the No. 2 rank by Pete Prisco is genius

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Let’s use the NFL rankings, you know the ones who run the show.

    #7 Bears
    #12 Vikings
    #16 packers
    #20 Lions
    Pete Prisco😂

  45. 247 Sports on May 10th, 2019

    ‘Green Bay lands near the top of CBS Sports power rankings’
    ———–
    I see the trouble here. You are challenged to go deeper than the headline praising the Packers. well here ya go…See its Pete Prisco and not cbs sports as an entity.

    “NFL Power Rankings: Excellent offseason makes Packers NFC’s best, but an AFC powerhouse sits at No. 1 overall
    The Packers might have missed the playoffs last year, but Pete Prisco is calling for a massive rise
    Pete Prisco
    mugshot by Pete Prisco:

    btw i do care enough laugh at your inability to not understand things. I do not care bout any reporters opinions. another misunderstanding on your part LOLOL

  46. Elliot Harrison also had the Saints #1.

    I’m glad you are proclaiming that Elliot Harrison is the authority who “runs the show” on all things NFL. Fully noted.👌

    My reason for posting about CBS Sports is because it triggered you for a full day. Score!

    #GoPackGo!🏈

    #FearTheDeer🦌

  47. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    My reason for posting about CBS Sports is because it triggered you for a full day. Score!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@€€€

    free is backing up again….beep….beep…beep….

  48. My reason for posting about CBS Sports is because it triggered you for a full day. Score!
    ____
    You can claim whatever you want now but your actions above say it was because you failed to understand what you were reading. Nothing can change that.

  49. Man is that great that CBS Sports has the Packers ranked #2 in their power rankings!

    Pete Prisco also saying they are the team to beat in the NFC! Wonderful.

    Doesn’t get any clearer than that!

    Keep posting spin and lies. You even slipped up and revealed your were “six years old” in 2011.👌

    I gotta go get my music/sports ready for the Bucks game.👏 How are the Timberwolves doing?

    #GoPackGo!🧀

    #FearTheDeer🏀

  50. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 19, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    Man is that great that CBS Sports has the Packers ranked #2 in their power rankings!

    Pete Prisco also saying they are the team to beat in the NFC! Wonderful.

    Doesn’t get any clearer than that!

    Keep posting spin and lies. You even slipped up and revealed your were “six years old” in 2011

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 14, 2019 at 10:57 am
    Don’t pay the troll any mind. Totally ignore him 😂

  51. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 19, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    Man is that great that CBS Sports has the Packers ranked #2 in their power rankings!
    —–
    Proven wrong and called out for making an excuse I thought free was out of options. But I did not see doubling down on being stupid as a viable choice. 😛

    I live in Seattle and I am from Pennsylvania. I could NOT care less about the timberwolves.

  52. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 19, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Cbs sports does not have it’s power ranking. Pete prisco has his power rankings on CBS sports. Smh. “2019 NFL predictions: A way-too-early look at who’ll be division winners and playoff teams” on CBS sports has the Packers falling apart. (Who) cares but you and stella
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Yeah, you don’t care………but you posted nine times, or 15% of all posts. You don’t care.

    Right.

  53. What we learned:

    The Packers winning the North 5 times in the last 8 seasons and CBS Sports ranking the Packers #2 in their power rankings totally triggered someone all weekend. We also learned that someome thinks that NFL football analyst Elliot Harrison decides the official NFL power rankings. He also thinks that Elliot Harrison is the one who “runs the show” for the NFL.👌

    OTA practice at 12:05 p.m. today! A open to the public practice tomorrow at the same time on Clarke Hinkle Field.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

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