Packers Morning Buzz: Pettine preaches accountability
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at Blake Martinez and his outlook in Mike Pettine’s defense in the upcoming season.
The departure of veteran safety Morgan Burnett during free agency left the Packers without their best communicator and stripped the secondary of its most reliable player, another blow to the craterous back end of the defense. To combat it, Martinez, who played 93.3 percent of snaps and tied for the most tackles in the league (144), said he plans to assume more of a leadership role as one of the focal points of Pettine’s defense.
At the crux of that plan is taking over the communication headset worn by Burnett, the only direct line of contact between players on the field and the defensive coordinator in the coaches box. Wearing the green dot on his helmet means Martinez will be responsible for relaying play calls from Pettine to his teammates and clarifying any pre-snap confusion. To prepare himself, Martinez said he will approach this year’s organized team activities and minicamp the same way he approached his rookie season: with four to five hours of studying every night to learn the entirety of the playbook for all 11 positions.
“I worked through the whole entire install, learned every position and learned exactly what everyone is supposed to do,” Martinez said. “Just kind of dive in it that way and use that method to make sure I can be ready for whatever they ask me to do.”
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