Cosell’s Watching: Alarming Performance by Packers Defense

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Green Bay Packers, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, Kansas City Chiefs

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 15 coaching tape: the Chiefs Offense vs. the Packers Defense.

  • First start for Orton as a Chief
  • DT Pickett and LB Bishop inactive for the Packers
  • Green and Wilson started at DE in the base 3-4 for the Packers

  • Orton outstanding throw on first 3rd and long (3rd + 8);SS Burnett unblocked on outside blitz, Orton looked down the gun barrel and made a great anticipation throw to Copper for 10 yds

    Kyle Orton passing the ball against the Packers (AP)

  • Packers defense had issues with assignments and discipline through the first couple of Chiefs possessions
  • Chiefs predominant base personnel offense so the Packers played more snaps of 3-4 than maybe any game this season
  • Orton remains a very efficient play action passer, Gets his head around quickly and locates the safeties
  • Pope 39 yds to start 3rd quarter FG drive was a well designed play v. “cover 3”; Orton faked “sluggo” to the right moving single high safety Burnett, No one ran with Pope vertical seam on the left
  • Packers did not generate any consistent pressure on Orton from their base 3-4 front, Inability to pressure QB from base front a concern for the Packers
  • Jones and Battle 2 totally different kinds of backs, Jones quicker and more elusive while Battle is a straight line downhill runner with limited lateral quickness
  • Both 3-4 DE Wilson and Green played more snaps in this game than in any game this season, Wynn also rotated at DE and played more than 30 snaps; A function of Chiefs predominant base personnel offense
  • Very little aggression and assertiveness to Packers, They were not soft but they did not challenge the Chiefs offense
  • Overall the Packers down 3 in the 3-4 did not play well, Raji at NT had a poor game – Green also played snaps at NT with Raji at DE
  • Pope 33 yds in the 4th quarter another beautifully designed play; “22” personnel, Straight “I” formation, “Counter” play action, Post/corner combination with Bowe and Pope v. “cover 2”; Corner Williams attacked run action so S Peprah was put in a conflict as the deep defender
  • Hawk was one of the only Packers defenders who flashed in this game, Showed excellent range in the run game
  • A very professional performance by Orton, Processed information well and was excellent in the play action pass game
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