The Green Bay Packers have a lot of talent on defense, but that group of talented players didn’t seem to reach their potential in 2013, and this season defensive coordinator Dom Capers wants his unit to do one thing.
Unleash the talent.
That word “unleash” is apparently becoming the new buzzword around the Packers’ defensive camp, and the players seem to be buying into it.
“Just putting players in a position to make plays,” corner Tramon Williams said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.“We know we’ve got the guys in this room. You just have to unleash guys sometimes. I think that’s more of what we’re going to do. We have the players.”
When you think of some of the players the Packers will have available to unleash — Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Mike Neal and others — on opposing teams, that could be a frightening sight.
Capers said his plan is to utilize “less volume, more packages” to make use of all the talent on the field, creating multiple looks but less plays called within those looks.
We’ve learned some hard lessons here of late,” coach Mike McCarthy said, “the last couple years of maybe playing some players that probably weren’t quite ready because of the scheme of we’re playing of utilizing your best players, and that’s a trap you just don’t want to fall into as a coach.”