The Packers led by Aaron Rodgers are expected to come up guns blazing when they face their nemesis this coming Sunday. According to Capers, they used Nitro on 42 of the 49 defensive snaps. Although Gunter is physical and has good ball skills, he is woefully short on speed.
Capers has also developed a new scheme - Nitro - in which safety Morgan Burnett moves up to take the place of an inside linebacker and safety Kentrell Brice comes in, thereby adding another coverage player even on run downs. The three cornerbacks in that package for most of the game were Davon House and Damarious Randall on the outside with Quinten Rollins in the slot. Facing off what many analysts consider as one of the most potent passing teams in the league, the Packers will test their newfound defense called [VIDEO]Nitro [VIDEO]. Released were veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and cornerback Ladarius Gunter. Describing in two words what they've gained using Nitro, "speed and athleticism", the 23-year old free safety said. I thought our pursuit and finish as a unit was outstanding and that's what I'm looking for moving forward. "And I think us being able to have that package allows us to be able to match up against offenses".
If there's a worry, it is the defense looked good because of Seattle's offense, which is far from explosive. Ryan dropped 392 yards and four touchdown passes on the Packers past year and Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Ryan was never sacked, but the lasting memory from the game is of Falcons receivers running wide open through the defense, then piling up yardage after the catch. Brice recorded three tackles in 47 snaps for the Packers.
He also intercepted a pass in the 1962 NFL Championship Game, one which Green Bay won 16-7 over the New York Giants.
"It's a big game", Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell said.
"Guys are healthy", Randall said. That's like taking Julio and their other receivers out and saying, 'All right, now score.' Everything's going to be quite a bit different. "I really don't look at past year because everybody knows how hurt that we were". We'll have to wait until Sunday night to see if the Packers are fast enough.