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Packers DT Christian Ringo Gives New Meaning to Zone Blitz

Back in the rotation, Christian Ringo made two impact plays vs. Seattle.

Dom Capers was one of the creators of the zone blitz.

Christian Ringo’s zone was the sideline.

During the fourth quarter of the Green Bay Packers’ blowout victory over Seattle on Sunday, Ringo came off the sideline and, without breaking stride, plowed through Seahawks guard Mark Glowinski. The collision knocked Glowinski so far back that quarterback Russell Wilson couldn’t step into his pass and resulted in an incompletion. 

“I’d like to tell you that was part of the game plan,” Capers said on Monday. “We put our dime defense out there and Christian thought he was going to come out. By the time he got over to the sideline, we only had 10 people and everybody’s yelling, so he got a running start on that guard. He probably would like to rush like that all the time. He might come in and request that, where he can get that 20-yard start to run at the guard because he knocked him back into the quarterback, I’ll say that.”

Ringo thought he had been replaced by rookie Dean Lowry. When he got to the sideline, defensive line coach Mike Trgovac told Ringo to get in the game.

So he did.

“I just heard the collision, and I knew he went back,” Ringo said. “I didn’t know what happened after that.”

Will that be a new play in Capers’ voluminous playbook?

“I hope so,” Ringo said with a laugh.

Ringo, who had been inactive the past five games, was back in the rotation wtih Mike Pennel’s suspension. He played 11 snaps and made the last one count. With about a minute left in the game, Ringo forced a fumble by running back Alex Collins that turned into the Packers’ sixth takeaway.

“It was a stunt,” Ringo said. “I was coming across, I was able to release inside and try to get a hand on him. I thought he ran past me, but I was able to get the ball out. It was nice."

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