Packers Morning Buzz: Mike Pettine calling fewer blitzes than Dom Capers

Stu Courtney
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Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during Green Bay Packers Training Camp Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

After a players' day off Tuesday, the Packers (1-1-1) will resume preparations to host the Buffalo Bills (1-2) at noon Sunday.

We'll start with Tom Silverstein's column on defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's reluctance to blitz much in the first three games, even less than Dom Capers did in his final season.

Tom writes:

When Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy hired Mike Pettine to be his defensive coordinator, there was a segment of the team’s followers who thought the opposition better buckle its seat belts because here comes the blitz.

As Rex Ryan’s coordinator with the New York Jets, Pettine carries with him a reputation for designing exotic blitzes and using them against any quarterback who dares to throw against him, Tom Brady included.

So far, that Mike Pettine has yet to surface around these parts.

The amount of daring Ryan and Pettine brought to weekly game plans has been undoubtedly exaggerated, so it may not even be fair to say Pettine has been conservative in his calls through the first three weeks of the season.

But for all those fans who thought Pettine would be far more aggressive than his predecessor, Dom Capers, here’s a reality check: Capers loved to send more than four rushers at a quarterback and in his final season pressured with five or more roughly 33 percent of the time.

Pettine, meanwhile, has pressured with five or more 17.5 percent of the time, or roughly half as much as the oft-criticized Capers.

Be sure to read the whole column here:

The Packers put cornerback Davon House on injured reserve and signed free-agent corner Bashaud Breeland. Silverstein has the details:

Breeland sounds like a man ready to play:

Tom and former Packers safety LeRoy Butler analyze what went wrong in D.C.:

Buffalo will come to Green Bay fresh off a stunning 27-6 upset victory at Minnesota. Jim Owczarski looks at what you need to know about the Bills:

What kind of game can the Packers' defense expect out of Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen? Former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz wasn't impressed with Allen's showing against the Vikings:

Packers safety Josh Jones and defensive lineman Kenny Clark weigh in on the Clay Matthews penalty controversy during "Clubhouse Live":

What's the old saying about one picture being worth a thousand words?

ESPN's Mike Golic is on a crusade:

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Aaron Nagler shares his take on the subject via Cheesehead TV:

Could Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy help bring about change?

The Packers could ease Aaron Rodgers' burden by going with more Aaron Jones, writes ESPN's Rob Demovsky:

Peter Bukowski takes a video look at pivotal plays in the Packers' loss at Washington for Acme Packing Co.:

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is having mental-health issues, according to the team:

If you're going to Detroit to see the Packers on Oct. 7, Rich Ryman takes a look at other things to do in the Motor City:

So who took the worse tumble in The MMQB's weekly rankings: Packers or Patriots?

Can the Packers possibly be ranked lower than the Browns?

And if you were thinking about buying the home of former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, you're too late:


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