4 Scheme Changes the Green Bay Packers Should Consider Making in 2012
The Green Bay Packers had a rather successful 2011 regular season. However, even with their success, there are some scheme changes that they should consider making in 2012.
Both the offense and defense could use a shakeup and while these scheme changes aren't overly drastic, they could definitely improve the overall play of the team next season.
Here are four scheme changes Green Bay should consider.
Move Charles Woodson to Safety
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Look, there is no doubt that Charles Woodson is extremely talented and even as he gets older he remains one of the Green Bay Packers' best players.
However, with Tramon Williams and Sam Shields waiting in the wings, it would be best if Green Bay moved Woodson to the safety position. There are a few reasons to do this.
First, no one knows what the future holds for Nick Collins. If Collins can't return in 2012, Woodson would be the best and easiest replacement.
Secondly, Woodson would thrive at the safety position. He could roam the field, blitz and make plays. It's almost scary to think how good he could actually be at this position.
Moving Woodson would instantly boost the production of the Packers defense.
Run No-Huddle Offense More
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I couldn't tell you the percentage that the Green Bay Packers actually ran a no-huddle offense, but I guarantee it wasn't enough.
With an offense as potent as Green Bay has, the no-huddle offense simply makes them that much more dangerous. Opposing defenses would have no idea what to do to slow them down.
When the Packers ran this offense this year, it was extremely successful. Doing it more in 2012 would likely result in the same success.
Lose the Running Back More Often
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As much as I would love to see the Green Bay Packers have great success at moving the ball on the ground, I've come to realize that it won't be happening anytime soon.
For this season, I suggest that Green Bay gets rid of its running backs and goes to a five-receiver set more often.
There simply isn't a defense that has enough personnel to slow down the likes of Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley. Green Bay needs to have defenses prove that they can stop them on offense.
With any combination of those players on the field, defenses would literally be shaking in their cleats.
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This may sound crazy, especially considering how much Dom Capers uses the blitz to pace his entire defensive scheme, but hear me out for a second.
The Green Bay Packers finished with only 29 sacks as a team in 2011. This was one of the lowest totals in the entire league.
They were highly unsuccessful at getting after the quarterback, but that didn't stop Capers from bringing consistent pressure on the quarterback. While this pressure would sometimes result in turnovers, it would result in a big play more often.
If the Packers would pull back on blitzing so often, it would stop the big plays and possibly make their blitzes more successful since they wouldn't be happening so frequently.