Packers Film Room: ‘Penny’ front, leaky defense, and Sammy Watkins use

The Green Bay Packers’ defense played better in Week Two than in their opening game, losing just 10 points in a 27-10 win over their rival Chicago Bears. Passing runners Preston Smith and Rashan Gary scored three total sacks (Smith with two and Gary with one) while Jayer Alexander scored an interception.

Defense Bears quarterback Justin Fields caught only seven completions in 11 attempts for 70 yards. However, in the running game, they surrendered 160 yards in 19 attempts between Bears quarterbacks David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert.

Running defense has been a bit of a concern and is now an area of ​​concern that we’ll look at later in this article. Plus we’ll take a look at using Sammy Watkins. First, let’s take a look at how the Packers managed to knock out Justin Fields and what covers and fronts they played to carry that out to perfection.

Penny front and cover

The Packers are based on fronts commonly associated with Vic Fangio and Brandon Staley. Much of Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry’s blueprint principles have been borrowed from his time working with Brandon Staley in 2020 with the Los Angeles Rams. Although it is not exclusively confined to that tree, there are a lot of similarities primarily because it suits the defensive personnel of the Packers.

One similarity is their use of the “small” interface, which is a sub-package interface that allows defense to effectively play sprints with two deep shims. The front is 5-1 and the personnel group is run from a 3-3-5 group (three defensive line, three midfielders, and five linebackers).

The front is based on a defensive line “3-0-3” alignment, two defensive ends in the B gaps and nose tackle above the middle (bear forehead) or sometimes a “tite” front alignment with 4i-0-align 4i, “4i” is a Fender inner shoulder cover.

Outside the bottom three lines, there are two passing attackers, usually a standing quarterback in a technical alignment wide 5 or 9 (wide – 5 outside tackle without the narrow end, 9 wide outside the narrow end). This 5-man front allows the defense to comfortably play two deep safetys against running but also limits the passing attack on the field. Coverage is usually rolled down with a safety that has no single proper operating task and is allowed to accommodate operation as needed.

For a pass, the front defense gives five singles 1v1 matches with the offensive line. On two occasions, the defense managed to send Justin Fields off through a combination of sticky coverage and player-on-player action.

1st bag, 2nd quarter 14:47, 1 and 10 @ CHI 20

Bears come in 11 runs here (one running backwards, one end narrow) and lining up for 3×1 rides. Nub sets the line’s narrow end on the line of scrimmage rather than placing the bend out wide. They run the theatrical sailing/flood concept of cruises with a clear path, corner road from No. 3 and postal road from No. 2. The narrow end serves to a shallow junction from the other side to “flood” the area.

The packages are in 3-3-5 pennies front with cover 6 behind, cover 2 to the narrow end side, and quarters to the trekking side. Defenders during trips play as nickel and corner guns. The Safety Darnell Savage (#26) rotates down into the box as the safety.

Savage’s rotation down to the flat quads area allows him to reach down the corner track and manipulate the Fields progress reading. The fields will probably want the corner path here, as it’s common to throw in because the post and the outside road raise coverage. The pass defense was ready for this. Savage breaks through and takes the throwing lane.

Up front, the Bears offensive line holds up well but when Fields pulls the ball down to scramble, Preston Smith is able to chase Fields by going all the way around the pocket to dismiss him.

2nd sack, 3rd quarter 14:24, 2 and 3 @ CHI 29

In this sack, Rashan Gary (#52) explains why he is one of the best passing forwards in the league. He lined up just off the end of the tight Bears in ultra-wide alignment 9. This is the proper stance for accelerating passersby as he lunges against the Bears entering right Larry Borum (#75).

Bears line up in trekking formation again outside of the pivot track coverage under the #3 trekking receiver. They need three yards and that’s the best way to take it, with Darnell Mooney (No. 11) 1 on 1 with linebacker Devonder Campbell (No. 59). But Campbell is a very good full-back and sticks with Mooney all the way.

The lane coverage is a -1 cover and with every track covered, there’s nowhere to escape the fields, especially as Gary collapses the right side of the jeep at a nice speed for Borum’s bull rush power. Borom pushes back into the Fields before disengaging and sacking the quarterback.

Assassins manage defensive struggles

The Packers Run defense struggled in its first week against the Vikings and gave 126 yards on 28 gigs. This trend continued and only got worse in week two against the Bears, whose two runners rushed back 19 times in total for 160 yards. David Montgomery, who ran the bulk of those buggies and yards (15/122) averaged 8.1 yards per carry, and Khalil Herbert (4/38) averaged 9.5 yards per carry.

None of the running back scored a single touch but the defense left some gaps due to missed missions or a lack of aggressiveness in the fit of the range.

First, rookie Quay Walker was out of position during several rounds and didn’t fit into his gap assignments early in this game. Run fits the change with the operating procedure. Linebackers fit inside gaps in indoor training or knock the linebacker/main drawer or blocker on either side to leak the ball carrier. On the outside run, they flow quickly and act as a force and players pour over the edge to force the defender and bring him back inside.

In the cuts, the linebacker should read away from the call running back, and for this inside run, Walker was tracking the back shoulder of the inside run, keeping his inside shoulder to the back. When Montgomery backs off, Walker does everything right to let Montgomery out while he comes back to take the cuts.

Retracts or “folds” into the C-rear gap but pauses in an attempt to make a tackle. Since he got off his feet, he allowed the receiver to block him from the side, allowing the running back to cut that lever and get plenty of yardage.

On the same drive, on an outside sweep to the left of the defense, Walker is the linebacker off the call again, and thus must rush over the top to fill.

It cannot get stuck in traffic and take an underpass to the rear. It is cut by the center running to the second level and should already be outside and above the center on the second level. These are starter errors that will be corrected over time.

Also in the sprinting game, while the little lead above was great against the pass, it wasn’t very good against the sprint, which is something you should easily do. But the players were out of position and slow to respond.

Vulnerabilities in the foreground defense layout allow to fit a range from two deep tanks or at least remove one safety from the fit to allow it to be read and filled as needed. To do this, the defensive players up front must play an additional half-gap depending on where the run goes. The 3-tech defense ends in a B-gap playing a “hole and a half” by playing the B-gaps and pressing the outer half of the A-gaps while the nose tackles a 2-gap on the inner half of both Gaps.

The idea is to bridge the midfield with the ability to outpace defense on the edges by playing their core gaps and allowing midfielders and security to fill in as needed.

This is not what is happening here. Kingsley Enagbare (No. 55) puts the edge on and stays in hole C while Dean Lowry (No. 94) presses the gap and half-defense and pulls the edge defense ball carrier inward to the Jarran Cane.

Garan Red (#90) has a great opportunity as his defense rushes towards the ball carrier to tackle him to make minimal gains but misses the tackle completely.

Whether it’s Penny’s front or 3-4 base defense, the Packers have been hurt by poor running bouts and poor handling. This should be cleaned up from now on.

Sammy Watkins’ role becomes clearer

The first week before I wrote an article for Acme Packing that explained how I thought the Packers might use a Sammy Watkins broadband receiver in a scrolling game. In it, she outlined the ways he essentially succeeded under Matt LaFleur when they were with the Rams in 2017.

By utilizing “drift/strike” tracks, fast lanes for the running option, playing deep shots, and RPOs in various goal-line situations, it became clear that the Packers were looking for someone who could replicate some of the lost production when Davante Adams chose to sign with the Raiders. On Sunday night, he appeared on no less than three of the concepts I covered.

the point

Watkins got two passes on drift/strike, a play-action concept designed to take advantage of a slick hit trajectory over the middle at a depth of about 10 yards into the space behind linebackers who read fake race.

One pass went out from the gun and the other came from under the center. Regardless of how it is played, it is probably the simplest and most effective gameplay movement concept that the Shanahan Training Tree regularly runs.

RPO dart

The RPO arrow is another way to engage Watkins and his speed in a scrolling game.

Rodgers reads the pre-shot, takes the ball and immediately throws the ball to Watkins to the left of the attack, but is unable to pass the pass because it falls incomplete.

corner post

Rodgers threw a late-game deep shot to Watkins at a corner road as Watkins sells the corner road for a few steps before breaking again across the field.

Rodgers found him at a depth of 55 yards when the high-safety person attempted a top-to-bottom crossing and Watkins walked right next to him.


Overall, it was a better week for the Packers attack and defense although there are some issues to clean up. The passing game found a much better tempo and tightened the defense when needed although they still needed to find ways to fill in the gaps in the runs and make the tackles that were there. It couldn’t be easier with the Packers on the road in Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers 2-0.

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