Mixed results for No. 1 defense
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Green Bay Packers played their No. 1 defense for three series against Tennessee Saturday night when coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers decided to send them out for an adversity series after rookie Davante Adams muffed a punt catch that Tennessee recovered.
The starting defense, minus injured safety Morgan Burnett, forced two punts. But after the turnover on the punt return, they gave up a 13-yard touchdown run to Shonn Greene on the first play.
"I know personally I could have been better (on the touchdown)," defensive tackle Mike Daniels said. "I took the guard and ran him so far out of the gap that I took myself out of the play. I can live with it when it's a matter of, 'Hey, kick his butt this way, don't kick his butt that way,' instead of, 'Hey, you got your butt kicked.'"
Starting defensive linemen Daniels and Datone Jones played extensively with the No. 2 defense.
This game didn't see a barrage of defensive holding and interference penalties, though there were several calls in what's one of the NFL's points of emphasis this season.
The Packers were called for two defensive holding penalties, on cornerback Casey Hayward in the first half and safety Sean Richardson in the second half. They also were called for one interference penalty, an obvious call against rookie cornerback Demetri Goodson in the second half.
Receiver Jarrett Boykin was called for offensive interference, which also is a point of emphasis.
Tennessee was penalized twice in pass coverage: when linebacker Zaviar Gooden was called for holding tight end Brandon Bostick in the first half, and when cornerback Marc Anthony ran into receiver Alex Gillett on a deep pass for an obvious call.
In the 13 preseason games played before Saturday, there were 44 defensive holding calls, and 21 defensive interference penalties.