Expect Packers defense to be aggressive under Mike Pettine
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By Zach Kruse

New Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine isn’t one to sit back on his heels. He expects his defense to always be attacking.

“We’re not going to wait for the offense to dictate to us. We hardly ever use the phrase ‘read and react,'” Pettine told Packers.com. “We’re going to attack your weaknesses, we’re going to protect our own weaknesses, and we’re going to look to have a very aggressive mindset.”

The Packers hired Pettine to replace fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers last month. Green Bay finished 26th in scoring defense and was among the league worst in several important categories of passing defense in 2017.

Pettine’s plan to rebuild the Packers defense centers on playing multiple fronts and coverages and staying aggressive in disrupting the quarterback.

“I think you have to be aggressive. I think you have to affect (the quarterback), especially when he’s throwing the football,” Pettine said.

One way to attack the quarterback: blitzing. Capers’ pressure schemes faded in effectiveness late in his tenure. Pettine will be deliberate in using his blitzes.

“We’re not going to blitz every play. When we pressure, it will be very calculated,” Pettine said. “I’ve never been a reckless blitzer. It’s always going to be based on scouting report information, areas of the field, what personnel group they are in, what the down and distance...



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