On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., May. 31, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM CDT Packers Coaching School

    The Green Bay Packers are set to host the team’s second annual “Green Bay Packers Coaching School” at Lambeau Field on Sunday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The complimentary coaching school has a curriculum exclusively designed for youth football coaches, and can accommodate a maximum of 300 coaches. The event will feature innovative classroom sessions in the Lambeau Field Atrium, as well as on-field football instruction from top local high school and youth football coaches in the Don Hutson Center.

  • Tue., Jun. 02, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Three of the Packers’ upcoming OTA practices will be open to the public at Clarke Hinkle Field.

    The three open practices, weather permitting, will take place on May 28, June 2 and June 10. All practices are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

  • Tue., Jun. 02, 2015 1:35 PM - 2:05 PM CDT Live Mike McCarthy press conf.

    Head Coach Mike McCarthy available in Media Auditorium

  • Wed., Jun. 03, 2015 3:00 PM CDT Mentor-Protégé Program Fourth Session Celebration The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program is set to recognize the successes of the program’s fourth session participants on Wednesday, June 3, at a reception at 3 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
  • Sat., Jun. 06, 2015 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM CDT Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic The 18th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 6, inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers’ indoor practice facility.
  • Wed., Jun. 10, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Three of the Packers’ upcoming OTA practices will be open to the public at Clarke Hinkle Field.

    The three open practices, weather permitting, will take place on May 28, June 2 and June 10. All practices are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

News

Print
RSS

Don't overlook Seattle defense

Posted Sep 21, 2012


Mike McCarthy sees better days ahead for the Packers offense.

“We’re not far off on offense. We’ll play better on offense. I’m confident with that,” McCarthy said.

All of that is encouraging for Packers fans, but fans are an impatient lot and what they most want to know is when they might expect the 2012 Packers offense to more closely resemble the 2011 edition. Might it happen this Monday night in Seattle?

Yeah, it might, but don’t make the mistake of overlooking the Seahawks, especially the Seahawks’ defense, a unit Pete Carroll has been building in the USC image since leaving USC for Seattle in 2010.

Last season, the Seahawks finished No. 9 in overall defense, with a nice balance of No. 15 against the run and No. 11 against the pass. The only negative number on the Seattle defense’s resume was a No. 23 ranking in sacks per pass play.

Taking aim at that sacks ranking, the Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin in the first round of this year’s draft, and Irvin has a half sack through two games this season, but the Seahawks only have two total.

In just about every other way, the Seahawks defense is a unit to be respected. It’s No. 6 overall, No. 2 against the run and No. 14 against the pass. It’s not a defense loaded with household names, but it is loaded with young speed, especially at linebacker and in the secondary, and it plays with its head coach’s energy.

Coming off a win over the Bears that revealed a greatly improved running game, Aaron Rodgers and company seem poised to take the offense to a higher level, and it will certainly require a higher level of performance against a Seahawks defense that might be one of the most underrated units in the league.

Patience is not underrated.

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Seahawks.

1. Stop the run—Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 207 yards and has the Seahawks’ running game at No. 7.

2. Force them to pass—The Seahawks are last in the league in pass offense.

3. Pass the ball—A little bit of run is always a good thing, but Rodgers should be expected to have time to throw, and when you give him time to throw...

4. Keep Wilson in the pocket—His mobility is his greatest asset at this point.

5. Get a lead—It’s the most effective way to deal with crowd noise.

6. Get your hands up—Carroll says Wilson has always found a way to overcome his lack of height, but it’s no less a fact that he’s 5-11.

7. Be stout on special teams—Seattle’s special teams are strong.

8. Seize the opportunity—This is the third leg of a stiff September schedule, but a win would send the Packers home to host the Saints and into a favorable October slate.

9. Catch the ball—Dropped passes are a problem that must be eliminated for the Packers offense to get back to where it was last season.

10. Convert third-and-one—The Packers left a minimum of nine plays on the field against Chicago because they failed to convert third-and-one.

Additional coverage - Sept. 21
 
blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest News

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers Wrap Up First Week of OTAs

    (2:49) Posted May 29, 2015

    Packers Analyst Larry McCarren breaks down more key storylines from the Packers offseason. McCarren looks at the return of both B.J. Raji and Jared Abbrederis from injury, the work ethic of backup QB Scott Tolzien, and how cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. is handling the new faces in the secondary.

  • On the Clock: Packers select UCLA QB Brett Hundley

    (8:23) Posted May 29, 2015

    Check out QB Brett Hundley's NFL Draft journey (appears at 1:08 and 6:36).

  • Top 10 Green Bay Packers of all time

    (7:38) Posted May 29, 2015

    NFL Media's Elliot Harrison gives you his top 10 list of the greatest Green Bay Packers players in NFL history.