GREEN BAY - Forcing turnovers has been a hallmark of the Packers defense under Dom Capers. Over the past several season though they’ve seen a dramatic drop. The Packers forced 38 turnovers in 2011, which decreased to 23 last season and now just two turnovers through the first two weeks of 2013. The team says it’s something they plan on changing.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers practice forcing turnovers everyday in practice, which is a testament to the importance he places on them. "To me turnovers is one of the key fundamentals of football,” McCarthy said. “Everybody talks about blocking, tackling; ball security is definitely one of them. It's a technical fundamental aspect of football and we need to do a better job of getting the ball out."
Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said turnovers come in part from the mentality the defense plays with. "If you're able to play aggressively, if you're able to disrupt the quarterback, keep him on his heels, not let him get comfortable, there'll be opportunities," Capers said.
Clay Matthews added, "It will definitely be on our mind it has always been an emphasis here on defense. So hopefully we can get after the quarterback a little more and by doing so we can create some interceptions as well as strips and turnovers, “Matthews said.
Capers said it is important for his defense to force more turnovers but not at the expense of being assignment sound."
"You can't get so caught up in going for the ball that you miss a tackle. We've seen that before and I think we've addressed the tackling. We've tackled better,” Capers said. “We need the second and third guy aggressively punching to get the ball out.”
Davon House echoed his coaches sentiments saying, "Every week we focus on turning over the ball. We say we aren't going to go out of the element to make the plays they're going to come to us. That's what we do. We create turnovers. We've been doing it for the last 5 years that our defensive staff has been here so eventually it's going to come."
The Bengals, Sunday’s opponent, have turned the ball over twice this season, both coming on Andy Dalton interceptions.
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