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The Packers are known for their aggressive, physical style of pass coverage. But when that style of coverage causes a turnover, the defensive backs' athleticism takes over.
"I think the key thing is, we've really got some guys that can really run with the football," Packers secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer said. "When you look at Charles and you look at Will Blackmon and of course Nick Collins, these guys really are quality return people."
And the rest of the defense pitches in. Although it might look like chaos, there's a strategy to setting up an interception return.
The closest defender without the ball tries to block the intended receiver. Defensive linemen should be turned around and facing the play, ready to throw a block in the event of a turnover. Everyone else must get out in front of the guy with the ball.
"We've got playmakers all over the field, guys that make the big plays, make the big hits, get the ball out -- and when we get the ball, we know how to score," Hunter said.
And beyond putting points on the board, a defensive touchdown can demoralize an opposing offense.
"Certainly, they've got to come right back out there again," Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders said. "So once that happens, we've got a little better burst in us. It'll test an offense, I'm sure. We've played some that have bounced right back -- and others that haven't."
Notes: LB Nick Barnett will have surgery to repair his torn right knee ligament Thursday. Barnett said Sunday that he is expected to need six to eight months of recovery time. ... McCarthy said WR Donald Driver would likely sit out Wednesday's practice to rest nagging injuries. "He has some things he deals with during the course of the week, but it's nothing where he's missed any practice time," McCarthy said. "That's probably why I'm going to give him a day this week to get back healthy." ... McCarthy said he wanted to get backup QB Matt Flynn some snaps toward the end of Sunday's game, but "didn't get it done from a timing standpoint."
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