Coachspeak: In Need of Assistants

We go straight to the coaches every Monday to talk about what went right and what went wrong on Sunday. How did B.J. Raji do in his debut? How did the run defense do against the Rams' dynamic Steven Jackson? Was there a positive development with the running game? Is Aaron Kampman a better linebacker than a defensive end?

In this new feature, we go straight to the coaches every Monday to talk about what went right and what went wrong on Sunday.

Def. line coach Mike Trgovac, on B.J. Raji's NFL debut

I thought you could see he was a little rusty. There's a fine line between giving them too many reps in practice and not enough reps. We're trying to work that out where his legs still get sore, but he doesn't have 100 percent — he's very close — but he doesn't have 100 percent of pure ... his game is power coming from his lower body. It did wear down on him a little bit as the game wore on. He fought through it, never complained about it. We know he's going to be better than what he was in this game. He was about where we probably thought he would be. A little rusty on some blocking schemes and not full power into the guy like he's going to have. But there are several plays on tape where you could see the power that he has and the strength that he's going to have at that position when he's 100 percent healthy.

Def. coordinator Dom Capers, on slowing Steven Jackson

I liked the way we played for a big part of the game against him. Against a good runner like that, you've got to be able to play every play. His long run was a 20-yarder where he broke out the back side and we just lost leverage on the back side. We ran a number of fire zones into their run game. We hit some and he found the crease on three or four. I thought that, for the most part, there were a large number of runs that were either zero gain, 1 yard, I think we had three minus runs, a couple of 2 yards, 3 yards. We had a lot of good snaps in the run game. What we have to do is we have to be more consistent where we don't let him come out of there for 20 yards. That will be the case this week, because both of these runners (Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor) are very capable of taking the ball the distance if you give them a crease in your run defense.


The Packers need to run it better, sooner. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty

Off. line coach James Campen, on a slow-starting run game

Yeah, it is frustrating. We have to come out of the gate faster running the ball and being physical from the onset and going and attacking it and getting downhill on these guys a lot quicker. We can't wait until the second half to start running the football. We've got to be better at it, and certainly that will be an emphasis for us this week. We've got to get better at it.

Outside LBs coach Kevin Greene, on Aaron Kampman

He, in my opinion, is a better outside backer in the 3-4 than a defensive end. He does all phases of the game. Whereas before, he played the run and he rushed the passer, now he's doing everything. He's playing the run, he's rushing the passer well and he's dropping in coverage. He's fitting into coverage exactly where he needs to be. In three games, he's only allowed one completion. He's allowed one completion, in which he made the tackle. He's doing exactly what he's coached to do and he's a smart, smart young man and he gets there and he does a great job.


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