Running QBs Have Been Packers’ kryptonite

All the pressure is on Green Bay, who must bottle up Justin Fields 

For some of us, the nightmares remain fresh. 

Almost exactly 20 years ago, Michael Vick and the Falcons came to Lambeau for the 2002-2003 wild card round and shredded the Packers 27-7, ending Green Bay’s season and leaving the home crowd, and pretty much everyone else, stunned. Vick ran for 64 yards in what was the Packers’ first ever playoff loss at home. 

Ten years later, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers trekked to Lambeau for the NFC championship game and stomped the Packers 45-31. Kaepernick ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

In 2022, Jalen Hurts gashed the Packers for 157 yards on 17 carries en route to a 40-33 Eagles win in Philadelphia.

I could go on.

Rushing quarterbacks have bedeviled the Packers ever since a handful of mega-athletic QBs started running on purpose, not simply when pass plays broke down. 

Which brings us to this Sunday at Lambeau, and the arrival of Justin Fields. The Packers fared decently against Fields last year, but Chicago didn’t want him running early in the season, and when they finally unleashed him he ended up as the team’s leading rusher with 1,143 yards. Green Bay held him to 59 yards in this year’s opener, but Chicago is a very different team today. 

Every ounce of pressure Sunday will be on the young Packers, while the Bears will have the luxury of playing with abandon, with zero effs to give and seeking nothing but the sweet satisfaction of ruining Green Bay’s post-season chances, as the Lions did last year. Already assured of the first pick in the upcoming draft, the Bears will not be hibernating. 

And so once again we’ll be at the mercy of Joe Barry. Don’t be fooled by last week’s seeming renaissance of his defense. Minnesota’s injuries to three of the league’s top playmakers left it weak and one dimensional, allowing Barry to scheme aggressive pressure rather than his usual off-the-ball mush. To their credit, his unit responded with an intensity not often seen. They will need to come up big again. 

Fields has 630 rushing yards despite missing four games, and presents a far more difficult challenge than the QB tandem Minnesota trotted out last weekend. 

Indeed, with a weakened Vikings rushing attack, Barry let the D-line pin their ears back and rush Jaren Hall and Nick Mullens relentlessly. The ‘Tines (Corey and Carrington) did a decent job against Justin Jefferson, but the pass rush and a lack of other big-play threats made their jobs much easier. 

This weekend, the defense will have to worry about keeping Fields from breaking containment, which will provide Fields more opportunities to throw unencumbered. Fortunately, his passing — though improving —  is still erratic. He has a terrific arm, but the accuracy isn’t always there. 

It will be interesting to see if Barry lets Jaire Alexander cover DJ Moore wherever he goes. That isn’t a scheme Barry likes, which is incomprehensible. In addition to it being the right football move, given that the Bears’ only other big receiving threat is tight end Cole Kmet, it would be a smart gesture given the recent kerfuffle and Alexander’s suspension. Assuming his health has improved, Jaire should be loaded for Bears and have something to prove, to his teammates, the organization and the fans.

On the other side of the ball, Matt LaFleur just needs to bring the same offense we’ve seen several times, and again last weekend. A heavy dose of Aaron Jones plus lots of motion, play action, frequent use of Tucker Kraft, deep crossing routes and use of the middle of the field. 

If the offensive line brings it for four quarters like it did last weekend, and Love continues his high level of play, the offense should be iable to put sufficient points on the board, despite a Bears defense that has improved steadily and now ranks 14th in total DVOA. (The Packers are 28th.)

Since the beginning of this season, the Bears are arguably the most improved team in the league, and have won four of their last five. If the Packers are to get to the playoffs, it starts with not letting Fields beat them with his legs. GPG.

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Jonathan Krim grew up in New York but got hooked on the Packers — and on hating the Cowboys — watching the Ice Bowl as a young child.  He blames bouts of unhappiness in his late teens on Dan Devine. A journalist for several decades who now lives in California, he enjoys trafficking in obscure cultural references, lame dad jokes and occasionally preposterous takes. Jonathan is a Packers shareholder, and insists on kraut with his brats. You can follow Jonathan on twitter at @Jkrim.

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NickPerry's picture

January 05, 2024 at 06:05 am

"Ten years later, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers trekked to Lambeau for the NFC championship game and stomped the Packers 45-31. Kaepernick ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries."

Good Morning Jonathan.... This game when Kaepernick ran wild was in SF and was a Divisional game, not a NFCCG. Just letting you know.

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HawkPacker's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:05 am

As I read that I was thinking the same thing Nick. Good catch!

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dobber's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:20 am

<< involuntary shudder >>

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LeotisHarris's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:26 am

I understand. Seattle's onside kick attempt against the Steelers made me twitch. The triggers, they are out there... waiting, always.

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Coldworld's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:52 am

His record breaking 181 rushing yards was in the 2012 NFC divisional game versus the Packers on January 12, 2013. No quarterback in NFL history has ever rushed for more yards in any game, in or postseason, than that 181. Hurts put up close to that in 2022 though (and with another 150 plus from his RB).

In the next season (2013) opener against us in SF he put up 412 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 34-28 victory. About four months later, he threw for 227 yards and rushed for 98 more in a 23-20 wild-card victory at Lambeau Field.

I understand the confusion, because he whipped us regularly. He had 270 rushing yards against us in the playoffs alone. It wasn’t just his legs though, Kaepernick had a passer rating of 100.5 with 572 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in 3 games against the Packers in his career too.

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Bitternotsour's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:21 am

And yet, somehow, he wasn't quite good enough to ever get a job in the NFL again.

Odd.

That 181 yards, I blame a huge amount of that on Clay Matthews. He crashed down on that fake and gave up contain time after time after time.

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NickPerry's picture

January 05, 2024 at 06:44 am

Jonathan brings up many excellent points to this game...

Fields running... It will ALL start with the Packers keeping lane integrity. The minute Gary starts crashing inside is the moment we see Fields tuck it and take off right around his edge like we've seen numerous times from other QBs. As much as I like Gary, his ability to hold the edge really sucks some days.

Alexander following DJ Moore... Assuming he plays I think you at least want to start out this way. Alexander has NOT been good this year in even the few snaps he's played. I keep hearing he's been humbled by the suspension but I need to see a lot more from Alexander than ACTING as though he's been humbled for a few days. A nice start would be shutting down Moore or at least limiting him somewhat and shutting his yack. IMO Jarie Alexander has a LOT to prove.

Aaron Jones... This is one of my biggest complaints about MLF. How many times have we seen Jones heavily involved in a early drive, the Packers score, then Jones gets very few touches the rest of the game? I need my fingers AND toes to count them all.

My hope is the Packers and Love have their full disposal of WRs and TEs. Reed, Wicks, Watson, and Musgrave would go a LONG ways in helping Love stomp the Bears. Keep Jones involved and just let Jordan Love COOK. On Defense play AND coach like it's your last game you'll ever play. For some it could/will be, at least in GB.No excuses, just DO IT!

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Cheezehead72's picture

January 05, 2024 at 06:53 am

I agree. Matthews was a Edge rusher when Kapp gashed us and he was one of the worst edge rushers to keep gap integrity and plus he would allow himself to be pushed up past Kapp. He was always looking for the sack.

The key here is that each player on defense must do his job and depend on the other 10 players on the field to do theirs. If they do that and Berry puts them in a position to succeed the Packers can and should win.

I am conserned about the offense. The Bears defense has improved a lot. Yes our offense has improved too so I believe it will come down to if our offense or their defense has improved more and play a better game.

Just beat the Bears and live for another week. So we can say Bears down.

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NickPerry's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:02 am

That game still gives me nightmares. It started out so well with a pick 6 by Sam Shields and the Packers playing them close until midway through the 3rd quarter then all shit broke loose. I can still see Eric Waldon COMPLETELY turned around on the 56 yard TD run by Kaepernick with a "Where's Waldo" sort of look on his face...UGH!

Yes, the Bears defense has been better but I'm not overly concerned about that. Hopefully Reed and Wicks can go and it would be nice to have an appearance from Watson. KEEP Fields from becoming the headline and they'll be fine.

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LLCHESTY's picture

January 06, 2024 at 02:06 am

Raji was terrible in that game too. Got pushed all over.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 10:55 am

Nick,

I wonder what you think of the idea of sending Ja as part of a double team against DJ Moore? Let him try to break on the ball, but don't rely on him to solo tackle until he proves he can. I'm not sure he's ever been used that way?

I'm thinking that still leaves plenty of defenders to live in Chicago's backfield.

What is this "lane integrity" you speak of? It is a foreign language in GB. Would a Rosetta Stone help?

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Fubared's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:18 am

The reason Gary cant hold the edge is I estimate his ass is as wide as my snow shovel now and I have a big snow shovel. LOL But then he can afford to eat more now that he has that big contract.

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Savage57's picture

January 05, 2024 at 06:52 am

"his usual off-the-ball mush" is one of the more creative phrases I've seen to describe Joe Barry's defensive scheme.

The Bears are going to create a quandary for him and his defensive players. Play zone and hope Fields accuracy issues continue because the Packers will be leaving wide open holes, especially in the middle of the field, but be able to spy Fields, or play man, and hope to hell the front six can contain?

Going to be an interesting game for sure.

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Cheezehead72's picture

January 05, 2024 at 06:55 am

I would say play man on the outside and play zone on the inside with the ILBs. That way the ILBs can keep an eye on Fields. But yes they have to switch up. The key is for each defensive player to take care of their responsibilities.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:15 am

With #7 on the field I don't think that's a good idea. It's a mismatch, although 58 & 59 play well together and might be able to do that. I'm not sure either has the explosiveness to catch Fields?

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 10:57 am

With all these craft beers being reviewed, why has there been no off the ball mush?

I greatly prefer spy and man already. Is Cole Kmet in this game?

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TKWorldWide's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:10 am

How do other teams handle these QB’s? Legend has it one of the big reasons Cleveland drafted that lightning fast LB out of UCLA (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah? Might have butchered that) is to help deal with Lamar.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:16 am

Is he faster than our #7?

Fields ran a 4.46, tied for 4th fastest QB ever. Vick was 4.33, and #1. #25 4.42, 7 at 4.52 is our fastest LB. Hmmm

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TKWorldWide's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:41 pm

Owusu ran a 4.42 at 6 foot 1 but only 215.
Now Cle lists him at 6-2 and 221.
Oops!
Notre Dame not UCLA.
Gold helmets musta fooled me.

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GregC's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:10 am

Who were the "three of the league's top playmakers" who were injured for the Vikings? Kirk Cousins and....?

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Coldworld's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:59 am

Hockenson would be one

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GregC's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:03 am

Good catch. I forgot about Hockenson. So that's two.

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T7Steve's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:19 am

I don't care what D the Packers play. Just tackle! As good and fast as Fields is, he's not Barry Sanders, just hit him hard and allot, preferably behind the LOS.

Take care of the LOS on O and take advantage of the Bears trying to jump routs to get the turnovers. They haven't faced a QB yet who can burn them for that till Sunday.

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Cheezehead72's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:31 am

I would make the claim that Fields is a better runner than Berry Sanders. Berry Sanders could not run on grass. If you look at his games the games on grass he had significantly less yards than on turf. The main reason is he was an east-west runner. He needed good footing to make his cuts plus he lost speed on grass.

Fields can run almost the same on any surface. Plus he does not have the yards Berry had because Berry was the offense and he was paid to run. Fields is paid to pass first.

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LeotisHarris's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:32 am

Well, that's an interesting take. I'm relieved we're not facing Barry Sanders on Sunday.

I think Michigan Dunkin Donuts or the new McDonalds beverage restaurants should offer a Berry Sanders smoothie in a collectible cup. Cha-Ching!

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dobber's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:47 am

Or a Berry turnover?

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:29 am

I'm all in favor of that - make it a double!

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Bitternotsour's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:26 am

The only person who would contend that Fields is a better runner than Barry Sanders is a person who never actually saw Barry Sanders.

I was alive for Barry Sanders, I saw Barry Sanders, son, Justin Fields is no Barry Sanders.

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HawkPacker's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:10 am

We need a controlled rush to keep Fields in the pocket. Let him beat us with his arm and not his legs!

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:31 am

Better yet, don't let him beat us at all.

Beat the brakes off these cubs, relentlessly. Living in the backfield will rattle him, and hopefully cause turnovers. Double team DJ Moore and they shouldn't be able to do much besides try to leak out a runner.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:26 am

Well, we could play some aggressive press coverage so that our defensive backs....half the defense....have to turn their backs on the QB and don't know he's running until he's at full speed past the LOS. That would make people happy.

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Renllaw's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:02 am

There many concepts that allow aggressive press coverage AND zone, such as 3 Mable, it allows corners to play man and the rest of the D to play zone. THAT would make me happy at least. I just don't think our current D coordinator is creative enough to put our players best attributes to use within his preferred schemes.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:24 pm

Combos. Yes, press with the corners. The front seven has the responsibility of containing Fields. If he sees his WRs covered, he may take off, so Edge control and the DTs have to stay in their lanes and not let the inside look like an opened dam gate, as they failed to do against Danny Dimes.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 05, 2024 at 04:07 pm

You say that, but then I'm going to ask why these "many concepts" fail to contain guys like Jackson, Hurts, Fields.

Here's Math: 4 guys rushing, 7 in coverage against 5. When Fields bolts the pocket, you've got several of those 7 not aware that he's headed upfield until he's past the LOS, in full stride. Then you can stop covering and hopefully converge on him, but he's a tricky guy and really fast.

However, if everybody is facing the QB, then the entire team can respond more quickly. If I were that worried about a running QB, that's what I'd do.

I think our current D coordinator is doing it with duct tape and coat hangers at this point. No Savage, no Stokes, no Alexander, no Campbell, lots of Day 3 rookies and UDFAs on the field.

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Renllaw's picture

January 06, 2024 at 06:23 am

100% correct Leatherhead, star players are going to make plays even when the "correct" defense is called. IMO your goal is to limit those plays and make them harder to come by. And in your math scenario that still leaves 4 or 5 pair of eyes (depending on offensive personnel) in the middle of the field on the QB while man up on 2 WR's/TE. If you don't like that, you could call on a 3 deep buzz coverage. The 2 outside corners press, are assigned man coverage to vertical routes, but if the receivers cross you stay and defend your zone. I just personally believe that defense requires an aggressive attitude. You start playing soft, you become soft. Even in zone calls I want my MLB hitting the TE, reminiscent of the Wayne Simmons days.

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LLCHESTY's picture

January 06, 2024 at 02:19 am

They've messed up enough coverages that throwing something new in this week might not be the best idea but if it's already in gameplay book great. I think with the speed of Herbert and Fields you have to go single coverage, shade Moore, and take your chances.

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Guam's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:28 am

Play three down linemen and rush five on most downs. Much easier to keep contain with five rushers than four as well as making it tough for RBs to run. Play zone behind it and let Fields try to connect while under pressure. I don't think Fields' arm is accurate enough to beat the Packers.

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dobber's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:17 am

I think you and I both keep coming back to the old Bears 5-man front as a way for this defense to get more consistent run stops and pressure up front. Everything stems from teams' preoccupation with holding Fields in check...their RBs are respectable, but not great.

The Bears' OL isn't a strength, that's for certain, and the Packers will need to make sure they collapse and contain the pocket...it might be frustrating to watch, because when the OL gets wins in those scenarios it leads to a lot of time for the QB to look for targets.

If they can keep the Bears' offense behind the sticks most of the game, Fields will struggle throwing the ball.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:28 pm

The old Bear's Defense had Gary Fencik and Doug Plank to run the show in the backend, or come up in the slots for run stop and timed blitzes.

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Guam's picture

January 05, 2024 at 01:11 pm

Spot on Dobber! I always loved the Bears "46" defense although as SST noted, we don't have 46 at safety.

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Razer's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:49 am

...Play three down linemen and rush five on most downs. Much easier to keep contain with five rushers than four as well as making it tough for RBs to run...

I have been waiting for this all year and most of the time we get a 3 man front and everyone else standing up. If we have the bodies and gap integrity, Fields will be under pressure all day long and contained in a collapsing pocket. Imagine Fields being forced to make quick reads and deliver an accurate ball - fun. Also, Rashan Gary needs to have a game. He can't be running behind the QB all day long.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:35 am

Exactly this. It doesn't seem so hard, why can't JB figure this out?

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:33 am

Who do we have that plays zone well?

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Guam's picture

January 05, 2024 at 01:13 pm

No one, but with Fields' accuracy we may not need a great zone.

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SinceLombardi's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:36 am

I think running quarterbacks bedevil every team. It just happened to the packers in two high profile playoff games that made it worse.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:31 pm

Run a blitzer at him 80% of the time. Get him off his marks and force the issue. Give Spags a call for pointers.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:48 am

This game will be won in the trenches. Plain and simple. Which ever OL blocks the best, and which ever DL affects the QB the most will win.

While Fields is a running QB, and they will no doubt try some trick types of plays with it, the key will be to contain him on the edges. When the Packers have struggled with Mobile QB's its usually when they lose contain on the edge. From Clay Mathews to Za'Darius to Gary, they have had issues with losing the edge contain. If they can hold the edge, and if Clark can control the middle, this game will work well for GB. But while they need to try to contain Fields, they can't play completely soft on the back end. Moore is a great WR. One of the top WR's in the league. Kmet has turned into a pretty good TE too.
I believe one of the most important plays will be Quay Walker. He has the speed to be able to help shut down Fields. I hope they use him on some blitzes and also some as a spy.

While everyone will be talking about Fields ability to run, don't overlook Loves ability to move around. He doesn't take off running all the time. But when he does he hurts teams. People think of Fields as a running QB. They don't think of Love that way. But it may surprise some people that they have almost the exact same rushing yards per attempt. Fields averages 5.4 yards per carry, where Love averages 5.3. Love only has 47 attempts where Fields has 116 in only 12 games.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:39 am

One of the finer points I'd like to see JL10 improve on is running with the ball when it's his best option. This game would be a good time for that! His recent rushing TD that had him upside down, I would have preferred someone else to have done that. It's pretty amazing he hasn't been hurt this season. He also slides well to protect himself when he does run.

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Houndog's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:54 am

Jonathan,
C'mon Man, LOL, kerfuffle, really?
Neither Controversy or Cluster-F%#k are all that hard to spell.
I love it!

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CanPackFan's picture

January 05, 2024 at 07:59 am

Yes Field's legs is what worries me most. Even this year, Tommy Cutlets shredded us as we gave him gaps in our pass rush as i watched that game again last night. And he is NO Fields!

Maybe this is a game where we let Barry Ball play out a little more? Play mainly zone. 3 down linemen with 2 LBs on the pass rush. Don't blitz a lot of Inside LBs - not that Barry does that a lot anyway. Contain him in the pocket. Don't let him break contain to the outside!

The other option might be to spy Field's? However, I am not certain at all that Barry can or could scheme a defense that way?

Bottom line - make Field's beat you with his arm, not his legs. Someone will have to glue themselves to Moore - not sure at all that Jaire is up to that task, but I'd love to be surprised? And for God sakes, tackle well! GPG

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dobber's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:09 am

"Even this year, Tommy Cutlets shredded us as we gave him gaps in our pass rush as i watched that game again last night."

Mostly, the OLB/Edge was pushed too far upfield and DeVito just ran cleanly through the Edge/DT gap.

"Someone will have to glue themselves to Moore - not sure at all that Jaire is up to that task, but I'd love to be surprised? "

They like to throw to Moore short and let him run. They'll also get him the ball on deeper crossers. He's a lot like Deebo Samuel: very hard to tackle after the catch. If Jaire is playing essentially one-armed, that's a problem.

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Coldworld's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:00 am

Jaire shouldn’t play if that’s the case. That would not be a good coaching decision.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:33 pm

Put him at free safety.

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Fubared's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:26 am

Ya he too could have the career day of his life and save his job. For sure if the bears decide he is the guy they will in turn trade the one pick and get a nice trove of picks, at least two first rounders and maybe a third.
The scary thing, with their cap money and hoard of picks they could become a very dangerous team next year. Us beating them up every year may be coming to an end?

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:43 am

DJ Moore needs to be double teamed. I'm not sure Ja has ever been used that way? This might be a good time for it, expecting his tackling to still be sub-par.

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Cheezehead72's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:01 am

What scares me the most about this game is the Bears are a decent team that has only one thing to play for and that is to beat the Packers. They have nothing to lose.

They can and will do what ever they have too. The Packers have to play to win.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:24 am

"What scares me the most about this game is"
The fact that the Packers are very capable of beating themselves. I feel like the biggest opponent GB has had this year is themselves.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:50 am

We could list off a LOT of things that GB has done to lose games. #28 and 88 both tripping over their feet. WRs running wrong routes. JL10 missing easy layups. Penalties from linemen. Are Walker and Myers both the most guilty parties?

Fortunately MLF's poor clock management and challenge decisions haven't cost us a game this season that I can place. Missed field goals and extra points probably have, in the hypothetical case in very close games?

All of that combined doesn't add up to the hurt Barry ball puts on the team.

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Houndog's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:26 am

I'm with you, Cheezehead
Any form of complacency could be a death knell.
The offense has to go for the throat on every series, and the defense has to play their very best, whatever that is!
If they go with trying to run out the clock with a 7 point lead and A J Dillon this could be disastrous.
Go for the throat, on every play, even if you're up by 21, there's nothing wrong with winning 52 - 16.

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HawkPacker's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:16 am

I read an article in our local paper this morning that Fields expects a raucus crowd in GB for the game. His reasoning is that there is nothing else to do in GB except cheer for their team. Quite a slap in the face to the citizens of GB!

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Cheezehead72's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:24 am

I really do not care what Fields has to say about Green Bay. First of all I have little respect for him after what he did to transfer to OSU and and being able to play without sitting out one year. He gave them a sob story.

If he cannot find enough to do in GB for one night then he has issues.

I would rather live in Green Bay than Chicago. I have to drive through Chicago at times and I hate it. I try to bypass it but the little lady likes to stop in Chicago for shopping. And yes I do what I can to keep her happy. And that means driving through and stopping in Chicago. She is worth it.

Maybe you Green Bay residents need to take Fields out on Saturday night and show him all you can do in Green Bay.

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dobber's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:29 am

"Maybe you Green Bay residents need to take Fields out on Saturday night and show him all you can do in Green Bay."

I think Saturday night is a league night at Ashwaubenon Lanes.

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LeotisHarris's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:40 am

Yup, and it's tough to get a lane anywhere else in the Valley unless you get there super early. Shopko's gone, too, so shopping isn't an option.

I think St. St Philip's has bingo starting a 6:00 pm.

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Houndog's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:23 am

dobber and Leotis,
"I think Saturday night is a league night at Ashwaubenon Lanes."
Nah, you'll want to take him on one of those 'Max McGee" nights on the town.
Only McGee could play hung-over, and play well!

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HawkPacker's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:43 am

You guys are just too funny. I see I got a down vote. I don't think that was directed at me but at Fields' statement!

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:53 am

Hungover Fields is best Fields :)

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CanPackFan's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:51 am

Who cares what Fields has to say about anything? We GB fans are a lot tougher than that! Besides, Fields should be more concerned about his status next season than what he's going to do on a night out in GB?

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ChrisD's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:44 am

Haha. What Field’s said is soo lame. If that’s his idea of a hilarious roast, omg. Weak! And Who cares! Even if it was true!

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13TimeChamps's picture

January 05, 2024 at 10:02 am

Better than that crime and rat infested polluted sh*thole Chicago. They have more murders in one weekend than GB has all year.

Quality of life is important. Communities like GB has it over the crowded warzones like Chicago. But to each their own I guess.

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Bitternotsour's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:33 am

I assure you that Justin Fields quality of life in Chicago is just swell. Reminds me of a joke I'd heard in the past. You know what they call a pretty woman out at night in Green Bay. A tourist.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:57 am

Chiraq has more shootings every weekend than most of the Country combined does all year!

If you have not seen this website, it's worth a look:

heyJackass.com

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Bitternotsour's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:36 pm

Spoken like someone whose view of Chicago is exclusively from his seat in front of Fox News. Contrary to right wing talking points, Chicago is a glorious city. Gorgeous architecture, beautiful lakefront, great culture, incredible food.

As a young, rich athlete, there are few better places to be than Chicago. Green Bay is a swell place, don't take it that I'm denigrating it, but nightlife is not the first thing you think of when you consider GB as a place to live. Also, it's not like there are a lot of great places for African Americans to feel at home or comfortable in a very white Wisconsin. Culture matters.

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White92's picture

January 06, 2024 at 12:57 pm

The stereotypes in your comment are quite ironic.

I have lived on both sides of the border. Trust me when I tell you it upsets me greatly when my Chicago-born mother-in-law tells me how unsophisticated people in Wisconsin are. It's also annoying to hear my Wisconsin friends and family cry about the traffic, tolls, and crime in Chicago. Waa, waa, waa.

I get people have different tastes, preferences, etc. After all, what Fields said wasn't entirely inaccurate. That said, a comment like that should roll off a cheeseheads back.

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dobber's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:24 am

Fields is going to make some plays with his legs and he'll improvise some chunk plays downfield, but their passing game is mostly short, catch and run stuff. This game will be all about making tackles for the Packers defense.

Turns out that Barry has had a pretty good track record against the Bears--better than most teams the Packers play with any regularity--and against Fields. Some of that has to do with the Bears mostly sucking, and some has to do with the effectiveness of ARod and AJones against Chicago over that time putting pressure on the Bears to keep up. Historically, Fields is poorer on the road and has been lousy at Lambeau. We can't underestimate a team with confidence and momentum, though.

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Coldworld's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:06 am

The Bears have seldom had any semblance of a good O in years. For a long time it was whether our O could beat their D. Moore is a better receiver than they’ve had in forever, Fields isn’t the best pure QB, but he’s the most mobile and good enough recently to get out easy quicker passes.

Their OL has improved over the season enough to facilitate that and they’ve been successful pounding their RBs between the tackles of late. That’s their key in some ways. Fields has run less and been more of a decoy when that’s working. It’s helped their OL too by deterring the rush and blitzes.

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dobber's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:26 am

My understanding is that their OTs--Wright and Jones--have been mostly good in moving bodies in the run game. The Bears are more challenged at G and C.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:01 pm

You're spelling out a perfect nightmare; namely, edge contain is key. Whether JB has anything to do with that or it's purely on players, a sharp adjustment is needed

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PatrickGB's picture

January 05, 2024 at 08:30 am

The first time he runs….Tackle him…HARD!

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Bitternotsour's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:37 pm

maybe, do that every time he runs.

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CanPackFan's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:06 am

David Hunt of BGO wrote an article today where he predicted the Bears would rush for over 200 yards against us on Sunday. It's surprising that a team with a losing record can make such a claim. But then again, we are talking about "da Bears" and their dillusional writers and fan base. But I will say in their defense, they are facing the vaunted Joe Barry so...

This article and statement should be posted in the GB dressing room for all the defense to see. I'm sure this will put a little added incentive in the minds of the GB defense!

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LLCHESTY's picture

January 06, 2024 at 02:36 am

They have the same record as the Falcons and a better record than the Giants and those two cracked 200. The Bears are also 2nd in the league in rushing, higher than the other 4 teams that trucked the Packers for 200.

It clearly isn't out of the realm of possiblity.

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White92's picture

January 06, 2024 at 01:03 pm

You are correct. Their (The Bears) rushing attack has been the least discussed aspect of this game and the unit that scares me the most.

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Lphill's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:30 am

the Bears can very well win this game being as we are depending on Joe Barry , as soon as we see two down lineman you can be assured its over .

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NFLfan's picture

January 05, 2024 at 09:39 am

Quay and Gary are licking their chops right now. We will see high profile plays from both.

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CoachJV's picture

January 05, 2024 at 10:39 am

Memories of that 49er's game triggered my PTSD... I didn't even read the rest of the article... LOL

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splitpea1's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:19 am

Ugh, thanks for bringing up those unpleasant playoff memories with mobile QBs shredding our defense with their legs.

Don't worry, none of us were fooled by the performance against a handicapped Vikings offense...Playoff memories aside, you only have to go back a few games to see Barry's lack of adjustments in containment against Devito. Maybe he has learned his lesson, maybe he has not.

The biggest thing we have to do is win the turnover battle. When we do, we come out on top almost every time; when we don't, we lose almost every time. The Bears are quite good at generating turnovers, so our guys have to be careful to hang on to the ball and Love needs to be disciplined. Giving the Bears gifts is going to make this game much more difficult to win.

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Fubared's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:23 am

Dont any one worry we have the great and exciting Campbell who will come off the bench and play his heart out for us, or he will just keep saying his neck is sore and he aint playin. I got him being the next to go then Jairre.

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Bitternotsour's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:34 am

you must be fun at parties

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:03 pm

JB chasing away all our best players is something you cheer for why?

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MitchAnthony's picture

January 05, 2024 at 11:42 am

For all the hope of having most or all of the WR weapons good to go (Christian, you there?) I think that a good way to beat the Bears will be the short and underneath game. The Bears have racked up an impressive amount of INTs this season. I would expect Aaron Jones and Tucker Kraft get featured a bunch in the passing game. Those two might be the key to the offensive plan against the Bears defense.
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As most have already mentioned, quit over-playing the edge and getting washed out of plays. You're playing against a RB who plays as a not so accurate QB. Contain him.
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For those interested in checking on the quality of life in Chicago vs Green Bay go to www.heyjackass.com .

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Bitternotsour's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:48 pm

https://www.choosechicago.com/blog/special-events/chicago-voted-best-big...

I don't live in Chicago, yet I love it every time I visit. There is exactly one reason for a young, rich professional athlete to choose to live in Green Bay. His job. It's naive to think otherwise.

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Guam's picture

January 05, 2024 at 01:24 pm

There is some truth to what you say Bitternotsour, but I think it also depends on the background of the person. If they grew up "country", Green Bay might appeal more than a big city. Some folks prefer fishing, hunting and snowmobiling to bars and nightlife.

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jlc1's picture

January 05, 2024 at 12:30 pm

Of course all those games that were played before the majority (or all) of this team and coaching staff are irrelevant. What is relevant is that Joe Barry defenses do poorly against the run. So we should expect more of that but hope it doesn't happen. One reason the D was good last week was that they weren't on the field that much. Hope our O keeps them off the field again.

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Stinky Cheese's picture

January 05, 2024 at 03:34 pm

JF1 is going to run through us like Swiss Cheese. It's probably best we lose Sunday versus another one-and-done campaign.

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Starrbrite's picture

January 06, 2024 at 02:27 am

I’d prefer one and done. If I can watch my team even for one game more, I’m good with that.

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White92's picture

January 06, 2024 at 01:07 pm

Agreed. One game experiencing the playoffs would go a long way for a young team, win or lose.

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