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Andy Herman -     Worth noting... the Packers have never lost two games in a row with Matt LaFleur as coach.     👍

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PackersWire -   The Green Bay Packers weren’t an elite defense in 2019, but a highly-productive pass-rush – anchored by Za’Darius Smith, Kenny Clark and Preston Smith – provided Mike Pettine’s group with a clear and valuable identity.

The Packers defense in 2020 has lost its identity. Forget the run defense – the regressing pass-rush is Pettine’s biggest problem.

Last season, the Packers produced 304 total pressures during the regular season, or 19 a game, per Pro Football Focus. The two Smiths and Clark combined for 210 of the 304.

Pettine and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith preach disruption over sacks. While the Packers ranked 15th in the NFL in sacks, the defense was among the league leaders in Pass Rush Win Rate, total pressures and pressure percentage.

In 2020, the Packers aren’t getting enough sacks or pressures.

The defense has 12 sacks and 53 total pressures in five games, or about 10 pressures per game. The pass-rushing production volume has been cut almost in half from 2019.

Preston Smith hasn’t been nearly as effective, Clark missed 3.5 games with a groin injury and Za’Darius Smith isn’t winning as consistently. Clark still doesn’t have a pressure; the two Smiths have just 20 in five games.

Rashan Gary has been better in Year 2 but far from dominant. He has eight pressures in four games. Kingsley Keke has seven, but he’s been on the field for 97 pass-rushing snaps.

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Matt Schneidman -    Per PFF: Preston Smith had 24 pressures and five sacks through five games last season. He has seven pressures and one sack through five games this season. For the “he’s played more coverage snaps” crowd, he played 51 coverage snaps in first five games last year. This year? 51.

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Ben Fennell -   Packers QB Pressures per PFF:

2019 1st 5 Games: 128 5 players with double-digit pressures

2020 1st 5 Games: 53 1 player with double-digit pressures

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29 minutes ago, HighCalebR said:

reinforcements have arrived. no worries

@JBURGE

this you?  Welcome to the big leagues!!!!!

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2 minutes ago, deltarich87 said:

Packers losing Robert Foster. Signed off the practice squad by Washington

 

I swear if he turns out to be Fulgham 2.0 while we're wasting our time with Shepherd and Taylor, it'll be unfortunate. At least Foster had some upside.

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9 hours ago, HighCalebR said:

reinforcements have arrived. no worries

wow this is huge in that it keeps burks and summers off the field hopefully 

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14 hours ago, squire12 said:
15 hours ago, HighCalebR said:

reinforcements have arrived. no worries

@JBURGE

this you?  Welcome to the big leagues!!!!!

I would like to thank my family, close friends, and fellow forum members for seeing me through to this lifelong achievement  💚💛

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20 minutes ago, JBURGE said:

I would like to thank my family, close friends, and fellow forum members for seeing me through to this lifelong achievement  💚💛

I’d like an autograph please.

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Matt Schneidman -    I have some news: Packers PR has alerted us that Robert Tonyan’s last name is pronounced “Tunyan,” as in rhyming with “Funion.” Apparently he just didn’t feel like correcting anybody the last two years.

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Once we get Runyan startIng on the OLine, should make for some solid wordplay for Wayne and Larry. 

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