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Should Green Bay Go Back To The 4-3 Defense?

For the second season in a row, the Packers are going home. For the second season in a row, Green Bay is going home with an embarrassing defeat where the defense looked lost for the majority of the game. I don’t know if Green Bay will, but I’m going to assume Dom Capers won’t be back for another season to run the team’s defense. If Capers being fired is indeed the case, should Green Bay going back to the 4-3 defense? Let's take a peak at what we could have here if we did switch to the 4-3

Defensive Tackles: Mike Daniels, Jerel Worthy, Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji

Oddly enough, all three of these guys played some 4-3 in college. Daniels would best fit as a backup to Worthy, but according to ESPN, he's only 291 pounds, meaning he'd have to bulk up just a bit. Worthy played 4-3 at Michigan State and had 11.5 sacks in his career. I think he could have success as a pass rushing DT. The real wildcard here is Raji. With his size, you would expect him to be a run-stuffing DT, but according to Pro Football Focus, Raji ranked dead last in 2011 in turns of run stoppage. With someone next to him, I'm curious to see how Raji would fit if we switch, but the numbers from last year are encouraging at all.

Forgot about Pickett. He'll probably just be a backup DT who can be a run stuffer.

Defensive Ends: Nick Perry, Erik Walden and Frank Zombo

The Packers would need some help at defensive end. Again, both Zombo and Perry played in the 4-3 in college, and both were very productive in terms of getting to the quarterback. Last season, when Perry got onto the field, I was encouraged at some of the strides he made, but I think ultimately, he would be more effective with his hand down getting to the QB. Zombo has past experience at playing DE, but I would think he could be more of a backup. If Green Bay does go to a 4-3, I'm curious to see if GB goes into FA or into the draft and look for another DE who can do a little bit more with stopping the run. Walden is another potential body who can provide some pass rushing in a backup role.

Linebackers: Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, and Terrell Manning

We're gonna need some linebackers as well. A.J. Hawk racks up the tackles, but he's been mediocre stopping the run and the pass for a couple of seasons now. Moving to the 4-3, I'm not all that sure if we keep him. Brad Jones was alright, but he wasn't really all that better. I want to see Terrell Manning more, and I think we should let either Jones or Hawk go and let Manning be the backup at MLB. At OLB, we're going to need one, but Matthews should be the other one. Use Matthews the same way Denver uses Von Miller, allow him to rush the quarterback from either OLB or DE. He's also excellent in run defense as well.

Secondary: Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Charles Woodson, and Morgan Burnett

(I'm leaving Sam Shields out because he is a potential free agent)

I think after his rookie season, Casey Hayward should be a starter. He was downright amazing in his first season, and I don't think that was a fluke. Hayward holds down on spot, and Tramon Williams at the other. Williams has taken a slight downturn since his amazing 2010 season where he ranked 9th among pass plays according to Football Outsiders. I still believe he can be solid, but we should re-sign Shields, and even bring in another corner in the draft. Playing safety, Woodson would be effective as a S who can come up and help on run coverage, or provide some ball hawking skills to the S core. Morgan Burnett could start opposite of Woodson, but if not, we also have M.D. Jennings as well.

Do you think we should go back to the 4-3 if Capers is fired?

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