The Green Bay Packers defensive strategy against the San Francisco 49ers was apparent. The Packers were so worried about Colin Kaepernick running, that they dared him to pass.
Pass he did with 412 yards and 3 touchdowns, 208 of them going to Anquan Boldin.
This plan would have normally worked for the Packers. Unfortunately, their defensive signal caller and defensive rookie of the year were out.
Morgan Burnett was out with a hamstring injury. He is the key signal caller for the secondary. He makes the audibles and is the lead communicator. You could tell there was a lot of miscommunication within the secondary. The deep ball was there all day for Kaepernick, which would have been Burnett’s main responsibility.
Casey Hayward was also greatly missed with a hamstring. Hayward won NFL defensive rookie of the year in 2012, registering six interceptions and 21 passes defensed.
Rookie Micah Hyde took his place and did not perform up to the standards Hayward set last year. Boldin’s big game was partially due to targeting Hyde. The 49ers constantly lined Boldin up in the slot, or had him run slants to the middle in Hyde’s direction.
Keep your head up Packers fans. None of their injuries are serious. Burnett should be back next week and Casey Hayward within the three weeks.