Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Slocum explains Packers' special teams trickery

Nov. 6, 2013
 
  • Filed Under

The Packers have successfully pulled off two trick plays on special teams this season. They fooled the Chicago Bears on a fake field goal on fourth and 26 that went for a touchdown. On Sunday they fooled the New Orleans Saints on a fake punt from their own 17. So what's next in special teams coach Shawn Slocum's bag of tricks? "Can’t tell ya," Slocum said on Monday. "We’ll always have deceptives, just like most people, and we’re fortunate that two of them have turned out well for us this year at this point." So what prompted a gutsy call for a fake punt deep in Packers' territory? "Well, it’s fourth-and-less than 1, and basically we’ve got eight guys there in the box and they’ve got six," explained Slocum. "So in terms of just executing the play, it’s a fairly high  percentage play." Slocum isn't surprised the Packers have engaged in so much trickery in the first month of the season. "We always are going to try to play to leave everything on the field and be aggressive and make our opponents have to defend everything," Slocum said. "And the way the games have worked out to this point, those two plays have been necessary." Part of it stems from the sluggishness of the offense. "Last year we were just really lighting the scoreboard up and this year we’ve used it to infuse our team there in the first half and it turned out to work well," said Slocum. It's common around the NFL for fakes and trick plays to be called off at the line of scrimmage, according to Slocum, although the Packers haven't done that this season. "There are often trick plays called that I would say just across the league they’re called off quite a bit," said Slocum. "It’s about troop deployment, and where you put your guys and it’s the strategy of each play and if you want to run a fake, you generally have an idea in mind what you want to see, and if you don’t see that, you don’t want to try to run uphill."  

About this blog

Get Green Bay Packers updates as they happen from our reporting team: (from left) Mike Vandermause, Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
576 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports