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New Defense Gets Addressed On Day 1

Discussion in 'Official Packers.com News' started by News Bot, Apr 25, 2009.

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    Apr 18, 2009
    The conventional wisdom on the 3-4 defense says that the two positions most critical to making the scheme work are the nose tackle and the outside linebackers.

    So the Green Bay Packers appear to have aided the transition to their new defense as much as they possibly could by making additions in those precise spots on Day 1 of the 2009 NFL Draft.

    By selecting Boston College nose tackle B.J. Raji with the No. 9 pick and then trading up to use another first-round pick on USC outside linebacker Clay Matthews, the Packers hope they've found two highly talented prospects that could potentially help the team right away in 2009 while also developing into long-term starters for the future.

    "Those are two very large pieces," said outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, who played in defensive coordinator Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme in both Pittsburgh and Carolina during his playing career. "The outside backers are the fuel that make the engine go, so to speak, and that co..


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