Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Injuries, defense, depth will continue to be Packers focus


If there’s been a more eventful week of Green Bay Packers news in the recent past, I don’t know when it has been.

Injuries continue to be the top story in Packers camp. We haven’t talked much about Aaron Rodgers; we haven’t talked much about James Jones; we haven’t talked about Josh Sitton – that’s because these guys are all healthy.

In addition to the surprise signing of Vince Young, the news about left tackle Bryan Bulaga and Jordy Nelson have sent the interweb into a dizzy spin as many are going crazy – basically saying the Packers should cancel the season …

Well, it’s not that bad, folks.

Nobody likes injuries, but there have been plenty of them in the first couple of weeks of camp: Casey Hayward, DuJuan Harris, Tramon Williams, Nelson, Bulaga, among them.

But it’s not all gloom and doom.

Nick Perry
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As the Packers move toward the 2013 season opener at San Francisco, the site of last season’s ending salvo, we hear from defensive coordinator Dom Capers who had much to say about what’s to be expected from this year’s unit. With Datone Jones solidifying the defensive line, with Nick Perry returning to complete the linebacking corps, with one of the most complete group of cornerbacks and with Morgan Burnett coming into his own at safety, we all hope this defensive group can take great strides this year.

Here’s Capers talking about the group and it goals in 2013:

“If you don’t like challenges, hey, it’s a humbling business. You never say never because on any given day, like what happened to us, was kind of the perfect storm. I know this: In the last four years, we’re No. 1 in interceptions, we’re No. 2 in opponent quarterback rating, we’re No. 3 in takeaways, we’re No. 4 in scoring defense and we’re No. 5 in sacks. When you look at the combination of those things, I don’t know many teams that can say that. Now, the problem was, we kind of hit the perfect storm there.

“We’d made so many strides with so many young players, and it kind of went out the window. Because when you have a game like that, you kind of say, ‘How the hell did that happen?’ It can happen real easy in this league. That offense, the next week went for about 400 and then in the Super Bowl it was like a track meet after that blackout. So that’s a talented offense. They kind of hit their stride right.

You know how we hit our stride our Super Bowl year? We had 10 games where we gave up 10 points a game, and then in our Super Bowl run in the playoffs, the last three games we intercepted passes for touchdowns and no quarterback had an 80 rating. So we kind of found our stride the way they found their stride.

And that’s what you have to do. You have to be playing your best. Hey, it took them right down to where they had two plays, first-and-goal inside there, and they had to stop them to win the Super Bowl.”

So though the Packers’ injuries has everyone concerned, there is a silver lining with this team – it’s called depth.

The Packers put it on display Friday night.

Stay tuned …

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