Packers Defense – A Staff of Dreams

Dennis Towle Jr.Contributor IAugust 31, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 15:  Running back Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball and is tackled by D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter during the preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Through three games this year the Green Bay Packers defense has stymied every attempt of opposing offenses to make their mark.  The installation of the new 3-4 defense was supposed to take three years, but suddenly, it looks like the Pack has run this defense for 5 years.  The d-line collapses the o-line, there are linebackers running everywhere, and the corners and safeties sit back and catch errant passes from run-for-your-life quarterbacks. 

So, exactly what happened?  In 2008 the Packers defense couldn't stop a runny nose in the fourth quarter…

I'd have to chalk it up to a revamped and enthusiastic Packers defensive coaching staff and a new strength and conditioning coach. 

  • Dom Capers - Defensive Coordinator
  • Winston Moss - Assistant Head Coach/Inside Linebackers
  • Kevin Greene - Outside Linebackers
  • Scott McCurley - Defensive Quality Control
  • Darren Perry - Secondary - Safeties
  • Mike Trgovac - Defensive Line
  • Joe Whitt Jr. – Secondary - Cornerbacks
  • Dave Redding - Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Dom Capers, who is entering his 24th season, has taken both Pittsburgh and Carolina to the playoffs in his first year as their new defensive coordinator, and it sure looks like he might make it three out of three with this years team.  The players have absorbed his system and have already melded into a cohesive unit.  Capers is one of the most experienced coaches in the league, spending time with seven different franchises during his 23 years in the NFL.

Winston Moss is the Inside Linebackers Coach and is in his 11th NFL Season, fourth with the Packers, and third as the Assistant Head Coach.  He has developed linebackers Brandon Chillar, Desmond Bishop, Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk, and Brady Poppinga into Pro Bowl caliber players.  His leadership skills are what motivated Head Coach Mike McCarthy into naming him the Assistant Head Coach in 2007.

Kevin Greene is the Outside Linebackers Coach and joined the Packers in 2009, his first full-time NFL coaching job after 15 years as a standout player with the Rams, Steelers, Panthers, and 49ers. His infectious enthusiasm is often evident on the sidelines during the game, and it has resonated with the players as a type of motivational tool.  He's the cheerleader of the defensive staff, and the players feed off his incredible energy.

Scott McCurley is the Defensive Quality Control Coach and is entering his fourth year with the Packers.  He's the guy who breaks down game films and opponents tendencies.  It will be his job to find the weaknesses and exploit them.

Darren Perry is the Secondary Coach in charge of the Safeties, and is entering his eighth year, first with the Packers.  Darren comes from the Bill Cowher regime as both a player and coach.

Mike Trgovac is the Defensive Line Coach, and is entering his 15th season.  He was the Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator for the past six years.  He is perhaps the loudest coach on the practice field, who can often be overheard giving technique lessons across the din of practice.

Joe Whitt Jr. is the Secondary Coach in charge of the Cornerbacks, and is entering his third season.  Joe comes from the college ranks and relates well to the young speedsters of the secondary.  He was formerly the Defensive Quality Control Coach and is used to breaking down game film and looking for tendencies.

Dave Redding is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator and is entering his 23rd season.  He has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Chargers, Redskins, Chiefs, and Browns.  The players this year look very lean and very chiseled, some of the receivers are sporting huge pipes – a credit to Redding’s new system.

With these kinds of defensive pedigrees, it’s no wonder that the 3-4 has taken off with the Packers defensive players – after all, the defensive coaches have lived and breathed it most of their careers.