Things are clearly different with the Packers defense this season. But you can’t merely see the changes, you can hear them.
After nine years of the calm stylings of long-time coordinator Dom Capers, having his more vocal replacement Mike Pettine stop a drill to yell at guys when mistakes are made is a bit jarring.
Part of that’s out of necessity, as the Packers have gotten younger on that side of the ball.
Dom was more quiet, defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. We had a lot of older guys. I would say our defense is more younger. So Julius (Peppers) and Mike (Daniels) and Clay (Matthews) and all those guys, if we did get one of those situations, I think Dom would let the leaders do that. It was just different coaches and different people, how they handle things.
It appears the team didn’t learn all their lessons as they have run afoul of the rules for offseason work again this offseason. Jeff Zrebiec, who recently left the Ravens beat for the Baltimore Sun, reported that the team has been stripped of their final two OTAs this year for an undisclosed infraction. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirmed that report a short time later.
Rapoport also reported that team owner Steve Bisciotti has been fined $100,000 and that head coach John Harbaugh has been fined $50,000.
The Ravens were scheduled to wrap up OTAs with practices on Thursday and Friday. They have a three-day mandatory minicamp on tap next week.
The Panthers don’t bother too much with the full exercise. General manager Marty Hurney, back for his first draft in the chair in six years, told me at his pre-draft press conference Tuesday that he doesn’t go around the room and necessarily worry what the Browns are doing at 1 and 4. Carolina, picking at 24, will identify and rank about eight guys they feel good about in that area.
For us [the draft] probably starts at 18 or 19 because then what happens between 18 and 23 is going to affect who’s there, Hurney said. I’d love to compare these teams’ mocks with the ones we in the media put out. Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet? Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle.