Packers’ Jekyll and Hyde Run Defense Prepares For NFL’s Elite Runners


Published: September 26, 2009

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... Jackson and Adrian Peterson than by giving up 141 yards, 12-yards at a time? Better to know your run defense needs work before you’re in the midst of a two-week span against two of the NFL’s most dangerous backs.

“Sometimes you’re going to have some bumps in the road,” Packers’ defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said of the run defense's poor performance against the Bengals.

Wherever the bumps in the road were, they didn’t stop Benson from rolling early in the game. He had six runs of 10 yards or more and averaged 4.9 yards a carry. The entire defense had guys making poor decisions, not giving enough effort, and missing tackles. But the Packers’ defense showed some ability to adjust.

“Maybe somebody gives you something a little bit different that you don’t expect and you have to take time to adjust it on the sideline,” Trgovac said. “And that’s a lot of what happened in that game....

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