On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Jul. 13, 2015 7:00 AM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 13, 2015, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Those interested in participating in the event can contact Holly Borga (920-965-6986; hollyb@packershalloffame.com) for more information.

  • Sat., Jul. 18, 2015 7:00 PM CDT Brett Favre's Packers HOF Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at the 45th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The event will also feature the retirement of Favre’s No. 4. This dual recognition is an honor that is unprecedented in Green Bay Packers history. The banquet will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

  • Fri., Jul. 24, 2015 11:00 AM CDT 1919 Kitchen & Tap opens

    1919 Kitchen & Tap is scheduled to open on July 24, 2015 on the first floor of the Atrium (below where Curly's Pub was located).  We hope you'll join us at our new restaurant as we continue to make history with respect to our past!

  • Tue., Jul. 28, 2015 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Thu., Jul. 30, 2015 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Fri., Jul. 31, 2015 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.

News

Print
RSS

Packers have to stop one without allowing the other

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Dom Capers previews defense’s challenge for game against 49ers

GREEN BAY—In this year’s season opener between the two teams, the Packers defense finally stopped the 49ers’ running game, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick strafed the Packers through the air. Four months later, the two teams will meet again, and the question confronting Dom Capers and the Packers defense is: Can they stop the run without allowing the pass?

“They depend so much on their run game setting the tone; you’re not in predictable situations that you can pin your ears back. You have to try to get them in more predictable situations,” Capers told reporters on Tuesday, as the Packers defensive coordinator previewed the challenge his unit will face against the 12-4 49ers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

In terms of yardage, the 49ers are not a balanced offense. They are run heavy, with the league’s No. 3 rushing attack and No. 30 passing game. Those numbers, however, are misleading because they don’t accurately portray how the pass game feeds off the run game and the degree to which the 49ers pass game is feared.

“When we’ve pressured him, he’s been athletic enough to avoid the free guy and he’s come out of there for a pretty good gain,” Capers said of Kaepernick, an elusive scrambler who’s gained 524 yards rushing this season. He’s also rushed for four touchdowns.

Just a runner? No way. Kaepernick has thrown for 21 touchdowns and tight end Vernon Davis, who’s caught 13 of those scores, is a matchup nightmare, and that might be especially true for a defense whose outside linebackers were all defensive linemen in college.

“What we look for is guys that can rush the passer, then teach them (how to cover). Yeah, they’re converted defensive ends, so it’s always going to be a work in progress with those guys,” Capers said.

Being without true outside linebacker Clay Matthews worsens the problem.

“We don’t have another guy quite like Clay. You design what you do based on what’s available,” Capers said.

In the 2012 season opener at Lambeau Field, Frank Gore pounded the Packers for 112 yards rushing and the 49ers dominated time of possession by six minutes in posting a 30-22 win that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.

Last January, in a divisional round playoff game in Candlestick, the 49ers offense ran wild. Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards out of the read option, Gore added 119 and Kaepernick threw for 263 in what was his coming-out party as an NFL star. The 49ers won, 45-31, in a game that was closer than the final stats would indicate.

It was a game that produced a “579” offseason rallying cry for the Packers, as 579 was the 49ers’ yardage total from that game.

“We spent a lot of time in the offseason on (the read option),” Capers said. “In the (2013) opener, we played the run very well. We weren’t able to get any takeaways in that first game. That’s what you have to do in all big games. It comes down to takeaways, giveaways.”

Kaepernick threw for 412 yards in this year’s season opener, which brings us back to the burning question the Packers defense faces in this fourth matchup between the two teams: Can the Packers stop the run without giving up the pass … or vice versa?

Additional coverage - Dec. 31

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest News

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Anderson, Grabowski thrilled to be part of Packers

    (6:00) Posted 6 hours ago

    In this edition of Alumni Spotlight, Packers.com Senior Writer Mike Spofford sat down with former Packers RBs Donny Anderson and Jim Grabowski. Anderson and Grabowski talk about being drafted by Green Bay, playing in the first two Super Bowls, and being coached by Vince Lombardi.

  • Video Ask Vic: Dynasty!

    (1:48) Posted Jul 2, 2015

    In this 'Video Ask Vic,' Packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman talks about teams throughout the decades that became dynasties

  • NFL Top 100: Packers WR Jordy Nelson (No. 18)

    (2:55) Posted Jul 1, 2015

    Jordy Nelson is voted as the 18th-best player in the NFL by his peers on "Top 100 Players of 2015."