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Green Bay Packers show defensive flair

Colin Fly, AP Sports Writer Published: August 17, 2009
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers coach Mike McCarthy is pleased with his decision to switch to a 3-4 defense, after only one preseason game.

New defensive coordinator Dom Capers showed off the new scheme against the Cleveland Browns in the opener, and it paid dividends with a shutout victory.

The Packers enjoyed Sunday off after forcing four interceptions, racking up three sacks and holding the Browns to 191 yards in a 17-0 victory Saturday.

Two weeks after last season’s disappointing 6-10 finish, the Packers fired five defensive coaches, including former coordinator Bob Sanders, and their strength coach. They brought in Capers and a new staff.

"The decision was made in January. I made it with a clean, conscious mind,” McCarthy said. "I like what I’ve seen so far. I’ve said it before, time and time again as I stood up here: I like the way Dom Capers has come in here. He’s pulled the defensive staff together. The players have responded.”

Right from the start, Browns quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson couldn’t do much against a blitzing linebacking corps that includes A.J.


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