Madison.com wrote:A subsequent report from NFL.com said the Packers wanted to get smaller on the defensive line, changing from 330-pound run-stuffers such as B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly to more mobile athletes capable of lining up in multiple positions. At the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, however, both McCarthy and Capers shot down the notion they want to get smaller up front.
At the same time, they shed some light on the Packers’ plans to improve a defense that ranked 25th in the NFL. McCarthy made it clear he wants Capers to do a better job of utilizing his personnel, of planning with so many moving parts, of giving players more than one role in an effort to keep up with today’s fast-paced offenses. McCarthy wants a front that has more creativity and flexibility, not unlike the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
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In my opinion Raji played 2013 like somebody who wanted to leave, and if it's actually the case, they ought to let him go. I'm on his side in the sense that they haven't really utilized him in a capacity that best suits his talents. But just in a general sense, when you have people working for you that don't want to be there, that engenders a negative culture that will lead your team to Cleveland-ville, if you don't let the sour grapes go and staff your ball club with enthusiastic people who do want to be there.
Non Sequitur: If I could wave a magic wand, GB would have let Dom Capers go this year and hired Mike Zimmer for DC. I know the Vikings have got the worst roster in the NFC North but as far as I'm concerned, that's the team to watch out for in 2014. Regarding Detroit, I had to laugh. After they fired Schwartz, I was convinced they were going to find a serious head coach - a good one. But when they hired Jim Caldwell I realized it's just going to be more of the same in Detroit for ten more years. Chicago really looks good going into 2014 also.
But, Minnesota, Mike Zimmer as the new head coach, and Norv Turner as the Offensive Coordinator? That is a serious move. I won't predict the future but I can say I have two favorite teams in the NFC North this year. I hated that game against Cincinnati last year but I had a hard time not admiring their defense all game long.
Re: Capers - I just think his tangled web of a defense has become too cumbersome. But it's also true we've had too many fresh out of college kids who don't really know the scheme or the league; and not enough steady vets near their prime.
Re: Shields - I am so glad they are finally talking a deal I could not abide seeing this kid go. They call it "Draft & Develop", but what's the point of D&D if you develop a top corner like Shields and let him go to some other team when he's prime? Shields is so, so fast. There was one interception in particular last year, he came from behind the receiver and outran him to the ball that was in front of the receiver.
Non-related: holy shit I just made a pot of coffee for the first time after giving it up for 2 years, I can not believe the shit people drink. This old coffee pot must be like 11 years old. My roommateeee. What the hell is he thinking holding on to that thing? I know he didn't buy it, and just found it somewhere in the basement. Tastes like calcified mercury. I do not understand people who hold on to junk.
That is all.