The Green Bay Packers kicked off their preseason opener win a 24-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. All three units, offense, special teams and even the defense gave a great all-around effort propelling them to victory.
Defense? Yes, the defense showed up to play, which is very rare.
Over the past 8 years or so the Packers defense has been one of the worst in the league, leaving Aaron Rodgers and his offense pressured to score almost every drive.
This year, the coaching staff and GM Ted Thompson knew something needed to be done. The Packers went all defense in the first four rounds of the draft and made a few veteran free agent signings to add depth.
Against the Eagles, when the defense took the field, something looked and felt different. The Packers defense had an unusual amount of pressure on the quarterback which has been one of their biggest issues over the years.
They also ended the game with 4 turnovers. Usually, turnovers aren’t a problem for Green Bay. The difference was that along with the 4 turnovers they only let up 9 points. One touchdown and one field goal. This is a rare occurrence for the defense.
Now, it is only preseason and it was only the first game. They didn’t play spotless either, as there was plenty of mistakes that need to be corrected. But right now looking at their performance so far, as a fan and as a coach, you have to be happy with how the defense looked.
Rookies, Josh Jones and Kevin King definitely showed up to play.
Although Kevin King let the first touchdown up by letting receiver Mack Hollins get loose, he stayed in the game and never put his head down. His confidence remained high and he fought through the first half showing that he can be a starter day 1.
The Packers have a defense with a lot of potential. They have veterans and youngsters and they could have the most talent yet. It’s all about putting it together, staying healthy, and making key third down stops.
It sure will be an exciting and anxiety filled season watching the Packers new defense play on Sundays.