Capers looking to get defense back on top in takeaways
Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers says one of his main goals for this year is to get the Packers back to the top of the N-F-L in takeaways. The Packer defense tied for eighth in the league with 18 interceptions a year ago. But they recovered only five fumbles, the 28th lowest in the N-F-L, while forcing just eight fumbles. Head coach Mike McCarthy says the Packers have not done well in creating fumbles. He says almost half of all fumbles are caused by sacks, blitzes, and hits on the quarterback. McCarthy calls it an area of emphasis in 2013. Yesterday, it resulted in more aggressive scrimmaging during the Packers' organized team activities - and some hard falls. Receiver Jarrett Boykin hobbled off the field after just one play. Receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb hit the turf hard. Last week, Packers' rookie offensive tackle J-C Tretter broke an ankle when a cleat got caught in the turf. He'll reportedly be out for at least a few months. Capers says his players must be smart, and protect their teammates but quote, "We're trying to establish a certain tempo."