The 2017 Packers defensive unit was hard to watch. It seemed they weren’t able to get off the field without surrendering a touchdown, and what’s worse, they made bad offensive teams, like the Cleveland Browns, look like the reincarnation of Air Coryell.
Thankfully, 2017 is over, but The question remains; should we forget it, or learn from it?
Personally, I think we need to do both. So, if you’re willing, and if you’re not I completely understand, let’s review the Green Bay Packers 2017 Defensive stats and then send them to the archives. good riddance!
The 2017 Green Bay Packers defense ranked:
- 26th allowing 24 points per game.
- 26th allowing 384 total points over the course of the entire season.
- 22nd allowing 348.9 yards per game which was only 30 yards less per game than the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s just one dying qual snatched out of thin air per game away from being dead last.
- 25th allowing an eye popping 5.5 yards per play. No wonder we couldn’t get off the field. Geesh!
- 28th allowing opposing teams to convert on 3rd down 43% of the time (89 of 208 attempts). The worst part is I remember this startling fact only too well. In fact, I would have guessed it to be a lot higher.
- 32nd allowing opposing teams to convert on 4th down 80% of the time (8 of 10 attempts). Nope, you don’t have to adjust your screen folks. This is a real stat.
- 23rd allowing 236.8 passing yards per game. That’s all? Lol…
- 17th allowing 112.1 rushing yards per game. I think we’ll do better in 2018 with an improved secondary.
- 18th allowing 11 plays of 20 or more yards over the course of the entire season.
Time For A Change
On the bright side, Dom Capers has been replaced by Mike Pettine as the Packers Defensive Coordinator. About time!
Don’t get me wrong, DC was good but his time had passed. Teams knew we were going to blitz before we did. If you watched every game, like I did last year, you know that’s no joke.
What Can Packers Fans Expect From Pettine
Packers fans can expect a highly competent, dare I say genius, defensive minded coach who will devise effective game plans and hold his players accountable to execute them.
According to Rex Ryan, former Jets Head Coach, “He (Pettine) will be the best coordinator in the league, that’s how good he is.”
Ryan goes on to say, “I think the big thing is, the fan base ought to be super excited about him because this is a good get.”
Well, you know how the old saying goes, it’s time to get going while the getting is good.
Packers fans, for once I agree with something Rex Ryan says and I think you should too. MP will bring a toughness and sense of urgency long lost by some on the defensive side of the ball.
Hey, with AR leading the charge all we need is a top 10 defense to the win the Super Bowl and I predict we’ll finish top 8.