Is the Packers defense built to win a championship? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Recipe for a Super Bowl defense NOW: Green Bay Packers


 

 

Aaron Rodgers questioned the reality of teams being able to copy the Super Bowl success of the Seattle Seahawks. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Aaron Rodgers questioned the reality of teams being able to copy the Super Bowl success of the Seattle Seahawks.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked this week about how the Seattle Seahawks dynamic defense is an “unrealistic expectation” for all other 31 teams in the league.

We all know that we are living in  copycat times – and teams are using certain aspects of other teams to build their rosters and improve their play. It just makes sense. For example:

  • The previous era saw the emergence of the pure-pocket passer. The Peyton Manning and the Tom Bradys of the world are two such men. Their legacy
    Peyton Manning is the epitome of the pocket passer. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

    Peyton Manning is the epitome of the pocket passer.
    Raymond T. Rivard photograph

    started around the same time, they developed around the same time and have enjoyed similar successes. They are both DEAD ON inside a clean pocket. If their offensive lines block accordingly, they have the ability to carve up any defense. Many offenses tried to model their quarterback play after these two icons. Quicker and more persuasive pass rushers eventually began developing the …

  • Rise of the “mobile QB” like Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning and Jay Cutler. These guys have all the skills of the pure pocket passer, but add an element of surprise to their game play. Blitz beware: if they evade the rush, moving outside of the pocket can prove deadly. Rodgers, especially is lethal when he is on the move. Just ask Julius Peppers and the entire Bears defense when they had him dead to rights on fourth down in the season finale. Everyone wanted a QB that can move the ball downfield and get himself out of trouble. Improvements in this theory and advanced agility ushered in the …
  • Era of the read-option QB, which is where we find ourselves now. Players like Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, RG3 and Russell Wilson are taking the league by storm, and changing the way the NFL plays the position of quarterback. Teams will be taking this new leap into consideration when they make their picks in the 2014 NFL draft.

Copycatting.

It happens and it’s good for the league. It keeps everyone on a relatively equal playing field. So, why not us? Why not now, with this perfect blueprint we have been handed from the Seahawks on defensive dominance?

I have been doing some thinking on the topic and I think I have found the Packers’ recipe for success on defense this year. So, I am compiling a list of “ingredients” necessary to build an identical championship defense and sending it in to Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy immediately (…please CC Rodgers on this, as he will want to know that it isn’t actually as unrealistic as he thinks …)

CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE RECIPE Ingredients List:

  • Chris Clemons - signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003 by the Redskins. Released. Picked up by Browns. Released. Picked up by Redskins. Released. Picked up by Raiders. Released. Picked up by Eagles. TRADED. Picked up by Seahawks. Super Bowl Champion. The Eagles traded Clemons to the Seahawks WITH a fourth round pick in exchange for … Darryl Tapp? Huh? Who?
  1. Find a player who has been passed around without anyone recognizing his true talent.
  2. Acquire said player through a salary cap friendly TRADE.
  3. Manipulate former team into giving you said player WITH a complementary draft pick in exchange for a nobody.
  4. Win a Super Bowl.
  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett runs with the ball after recovering a fumbled ball by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports photograph

    Michael Bennett - undrafted free agent, signed to the Seahawks in 2009. Salary in 2013? $3 million.

  1. Find a player in the undrafted free agent BARGAIN BIN.
  2. Give him a starting job and let him prove his enormous worth inside of his rookie contract.
  3. Sign him to a low-calorie contract extension.
  4. Win a Super Bowl.
  • Cliff Avril - selected by the Lions in the third round in 2008. Excelled at DE, denied a contract extension in Detroit and played out his contract in 2012. Signed by the Seahawks to a 2-year/$13 million contract.
  1. Attract the attention of a high profile defensive player.
  2. Lure him away from his former team under the promise of a short, lucrative contract.
  3. Give him the ability to show his worth before his 30th birthday, to test free agency again for BIG MONEY.
  4. Win a Super Bowl.
  1. Throw the dice and draft a late round 6-3 MONSTER for your secondary.
  2. Give him and his buddies a cool and intimidating nickname.
  3. Literally pay him nothing while he makes you a Super Bowl Championship defense.
  1. Be so terrible during the 2011 season that you draft 15th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
  2. Go after the top prospect at his position.
  3. Literally pay him nothing while he wins you a Super Bowl.
  1. Hit the lottery on a 195-pound, 6-3 cornerback with physicality that is unmatched.
  2. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman
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    … IN THE FIFTH ROUND OF THE NFL DRAFT.

  3. Pay him under $500,000 a year while he’s sizing his Super Bowl ring.
  • Malcolm Smith - drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft
  1. STRIKE GOLD in the VERY LAST ROUND of the NFL draft.
  2. Pay him in gum, basically.
  3. Watch as he becomes the Super Bowl MVP.
  4. Send him to Disney World.
  • Earl Thomas - drafted in the first round in 2010 (14th overall)
  1. Be so terrible that you pick 14th overall in the draft.
  2. Draft a NUMBER ONE safety prospect with talent enormously regarded.
  3. Teach him NOTHING, as he already possesses the instincts to FLY and HIT viciously … while ball-hawking.
  4. Win a Super Bowl.
  1. Luck, luck, luck
  2. Luck, and more luck …
  3. … in later rounds.
  4. Win a Super Bowl.
  1. This is getting concerning.
  2. How did they HIT on EVERY SINGLE draft prospect?
  3. And are STILL not paying them anything, as they are all within their ROOKIE CONTRACTS?!?
  4. Super Bowl.

So, there you have it. It’s easy as pie. We’re just going to go out and follow this exact same blueprint and make us a championship-caliber defense in no time!

Just have to … pick rock stars in rounds 4-7 and … have them be immediate contributors … and spend no money on them until after we have four good Super Bowl runs out of them … and …. ……. ……… oh, who are we kidding?

You said it, Rodg.

Might be a tad unrealistic.

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  • Matthew Scheer

    Well I guess a thank you to the Packers organization for the guy who is responsible for all of those picks and who is obviously a freaking genius in the world of GM’s John Schneider. The man knows what Carroll wants and finds it in the most team advantageous places making the possibilities for the Hawks endless….so yeah, thanks. Quick corrections, Kam Chancellor got a 5 year $29 million contract early this season so he’s not being paid nothing. Earl did have to be taught, he used to be too unpredictable and gave up some big plays. Thurmond wasn’t luck, nor Maxwell who may even be better as he took the job from him and put Thurmond back in the slot. Carroll’s background is db’s, it makes sense that everyone down to Jeremy Lane could start on other teams. Bennett was dropped and spent most of the last few years if not all with the Bucs I believe, to be signed back with the Hawks this season.

  • billy

    obviously someone does their homework in Seattle….with a tiny bit of luck involved and a DC who doesn’t try to fit round pegs into square holes….

  • Phillip

    Haha, like the article. Seattle has truly had some serious luck with late round guys. As for our Packers though, I don’t believe were far off. I think we should bring Raji back, bring all the lineman back but Pickett unless he signs for practically nothing. With progression from the young guys Daniels, Jones, Boyd, and Werthy and putting big boy Raji back where he has desire to play, where he was very successful in 09 n 10 at DT n let him be a 3 down guy, believe our D-line would be set, resign Shields n our CBs are set. Draft Pryor or Dix in the 1st round, whichever is available, that’ll instantly make our D better. Move Burnett back to SS where he was very productive in years passed n than go MLB in the 2nd like Shayne Skov, somebody who could bring an immediate impact to our D if Jones struggles again and than we draft a solid TE like 6’7 CJ Fedorowicz and than best available safety again, use the rest of the draft to get depth at OLB and MLB and than most importantly, stay healthy n I easily think that defense their, with Pryor being a bigtime playmaker, could easily be a top 10 D to go with our top 5 offense, recipe for a championship right there.