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Capers assesses Packers' beleaguered defense

Oct. 9, 2012
 
Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (87) makes a catch in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (87) makes a catch in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

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The Packers defense has allowed 938 total yards in its last two games, reminiscent of the 2011 season when it gave up more yards than any team in the NFL.

At least last season the Packers were forcing turnovers -- they led the league in that department. This year the defense isn’t even doing that. The Packers haven’t forced a single lost fumble by an opponent in five games, and have just five interceptions.

So what does defensive coordinator Dom Capers think of his defense, which ranks No. 16 in the league?

“I think this: I see the potential there,” Capers said on Monday. “As I look at the last three games, the takeaway opportunities are there. I think we’re getting more consistent pressure on the quarterback than what we did last year. We probably pressured more (Sunday) than we have this year but I like where our percentage of pressure is this year better than I did last year, where you thought you had to pressure to get pressure on the quarterback. I don’t think that’s the case this year. We’re playing a lot of combinations of people, a lot of young guys, and in a game like (Sunday), you just have to be consistent and disciplined in your assignments.”

The biggest question coming out of Sunday’s game against the Colts was why the Packers couldn’t stop receiver Reggie Wayne, who was targeted 20 times and caught 13 passes for 212 yards.

Everyone seemed to know the ball was going to Wayne, yet the Packers couldn’t stop him.

“Well, he’s a good receiver and he had a good day,” said Capers. “There were times where we had him doubled and he caught the ball. Any time that you have two guys committed to one guy, you don’t want him to come up with the ball. The percentages should be in your favor. He had a good day and (Andrew) Luck, as we talked about last week, is a talented young man. You saw he’s a big, strong guy. He’s got good movement. There were a couple times where we had him wrapped up and he kind of shook us off and pulled the ball down in a couple of critical situations. A couple other times, he scrambled outside – and that was after taking some pretty good hits.”

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