Dime Package- Perhaps the most popular formation and one we are most familiar with after last season. This package featured a couple different scenarios: 2 DT's (Jenkins and Raji), 2 OLB's blitzing (Clay Matthews and Brad Jones), 2 ILB's (Chillar and Barnett), 5 Defensive Backs. Once in a while instead of blitzing Jones on the outside, Capers would have Jolly line up on the line in his place. Most times this formation did not work out too well for our defense.
Dom Capers and Mike McCarthy know our Dime Formation struggled at times against the elite QB's in the NFL. Please note: Brett Favre and Ben Roethlisberger. It's clear that the draft board did not work in our favor in the 2nd Round of the draft, so we missed out in a pass rusher. Is it time Capers will come out with a new scheme similar to the Psycho Package? Capers introduced the Psycho Package (1 defensive lineman and 6 linebackers all standing up). The idea was to rest the defensive linemen currently active as our depth was depleted. With that said, will Capers come out with a scheme that will cover lost ground in missing an elite pass rusher?
One formation that compliments the Dime Formation is the Quarter Package. The Quarter Package features 3 defensive linemen, 1 ILB, 7 DB's. One thing we might see coming is an adjustment in this formation, where we have 2 defensive linemen (Raji and Pickett), 1 OLB in Clay Mathews, and having 1 of the 8 DB's blitzing to keep the system less predictable. One thing to note when you reflect on our outstanding victory over Dallas in mid season was the number of CB blitzes Capers had. There's nothing like bringing Burnett and Bigby up to the line on the left side, blitzing 1 and dropping the other back in zone coverage.
I have a feeling Capers will introduce a new scheme, and it might be something like this. How comfortable will you guys feel if a system like this is introduced? Or I guess I should ask, how comfortable are you with a system like this off hand? Obviously, this is going on the assumption that Brad Jones does not take another huge step in his pass rushing ability.