Well, that concludes the look at a lot of the defensive packages used by Dom Capers and the Green Bay Packers. This was obviously not an exhaustive list, but it does highlight some of the most important formations used in the Packers’ defense. As you watch the games this upcoming season, hopefully you can start to recognize what Capers is doing and how it responds to the opposing offense.
For those of you who haven’t read all of the installments, here are some final links to them:
- Packers Playbook Introduction: Basic Defensive Formations
- Packers Playbook, Part 1: The Okie (Base) Defense
- Packers Playbook, Part 2: The Eagle Defense
- Packers Playbook, Part 3: The Nickel Defense
- Packers Playbook, Part 4: The Psycho Defense
- Packers Playbook, Part 5: The Dime Defense
- Packers Playbook, Part 6: The Bat Defense
- Packers Playbook, Part 7: The Prevent Defense
- Packers Playbook, Part 8: The Hippo Defense
Before we conclude this series, though, I just want to wrap up a couple items. First and foremost is the terminology I’ve been using. In honest confession, I have tended to use some general terms interchangeably, even when there are slight technical differences. Words like “defense,” “formation,” and “package” aren’t exact synonyms.
In reality, anything outside of the base defense for a team is considered a “sub-package.” Hence, the nickel, psycho, dime, bat, etc., are all sub-packages, because the Packers run a 3-4 as their base package. That said, the modern day NFL seems to be forcing out this concept. When teams like the Packers are running a 2-4-5 set more often than a 3-4-4 set, can it truly be considered a “sub” package?