The picture above shows Dom Capers’ 3-4 Defensive playbook….it’s pretty short, right?!
There has been a lot of talk in the media about Mike McCarthy making the executive decision to scale back the number of packages and plays in their defensive scheme. This is probably a good thing because the defensive veterans on this team struggle with the scheme, I can only imagine what rookies think of Capers’ playbook considering they only have about 3 padded practices to implement it during the off season!
I understand the need to disguise looks and have multiple packages to keep the opposing QB thinking, but I also think that less is more, in all walks of life. You don’t want guys thinking and not reacting, or trying to be a jack of all trades out there – the defensive players should be masters of a core group of defensive plays and packages. This roster is littered with under-performing 1st/2nd round defensive picks that need to step their game up – big time. Injuries have no doubt played a factor but every team has injuries – this group needs to be perform, period. The defensive coaching staff needs to do their part and put them in position to succeed.