Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by
Green Bay Packers' Datone Jones (95), Sam Shields (37), and
Morgan Burnett (42) as he rushes in the first half of an NFL
football game, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
GREEN BAY — The
Green Bay Packers signed Julius Peppers to get to the quarterback.
To get better at
that, the veteran pass rusher realizes the defense has to get
better at stopping the run first.
yards on the ground, which is what Green Bay gave up last week to
Seattle, might not cut it against the New York Jets in the home
to stop the run to be able to have a chance to rush the passer, so
that's where our focus is," Peppers said Thursday.
It sounds like a
sound plan against a Jets team that ran for 212 yards in a win
over Oakland last week. Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory provide a
solid one-two punch, and Geno Smith is a mobile threat at
expect to see some read-option, just like in Seattle. What the
Jets don't immediately present is an all-purpose threat like
receiver Percy Harvin, who beat the Packers on sweeps and through
Poor tackling was
an issue, a problem that also hampered the Packers at times last
year. This week, much of the talk in the locker room was about
technique and fundamentals.
basically just keep trusting our technique. Trust the defense, and
it will put us in position to make plays, and we'll be fine,"
safety Morgan Burnett said.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs the ball
after avoiding a tackle from Green Bay Packers inside
linebacker Brad Jones, lower right, in the first half of an
NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
defensive line coach Mike Trgovac scoffs at the notion that a
lighter front line might get pushed around more by blockers. The
339-pound Ryan Pickett and 325-pound Johnny Jolly weren't
re-signed from last season, and 337-pound nose tackle B.J Raji was
lost for the year in preseason with a biceps injury.
theoretically will be more athletic in space after shedding
blockers. This fits with coach Mike McCarthy's offseason goal to
build a quicker, playmaking defense. The Packers still average
about 300 pounds across its defensive front with 285-pound Datone
Jones and 305-pound Mike Daniels sandwiching 315-pound nose tackle
around here are so used to us being 340 across the board, which is
rare in the league," Trgovac said. "So it's not like
we're absolutely sitting there with 270-pound players. I think our
size will be fine."
Thursday that he might turn to 332-pound nose tackle Mike Pennel
in certain situations. Pennel is an undrafted rookie free agent
who impressed in training camp.
The Jets have
experience in the middle of the line with center Nick Mangold and
right guard Willie Colon, plus 320-pound Brian Winters at left
going against a big physical line, you've got to be able to match
that up at times," Capers said. "This time ... they've
got a very veteran line."
But no one on the
defense is relying on excuses. An emphasis was placed on tackling
this week. Improvement is expected.
all, any time you face a good back, you can't miss tackles like we
did, OK?" Trgovac said. "We've just got to keep chopping
wood and keep getting better. That's what we did this week. I
think we've got a good group, and I think we'll be OK there."
inside linebacker Brad Jones missed practice again with a quad
injury. Jamari Lattimore would take his place if Jones can't play.