Last year the Packers finished last in the NFL in total defense.
They hoped to turn that around by going defense-heavy in the draft and shuffling the secondary. What they got in in a 30-22 loss to San Francisco was a sense of deja-vu from last year. The 49ers gained 186 yards on the ground, and the secondary suffered some missed assignments in allowing big plays and 191 yards and two TD's through the air.
Here is what some defensive players had to say after the game.
CB Charles Woodson -"We had some missed assignments and a couple of plays that were actually perfect for what they did, and we missed some plays out there. When you play a good team and you miss some assignments and those sort of things they make you pay for it. "We are trying to figure out pieces and how we're going to run this defense going forward. I'm going to keep saying it- we are going to be a good defense. Trust me."
LB Clay Matthews "Obviously the penalties, the big plays. We are always trying to improve upon that. I think you saw us get after the quarterback a little more and improve upon some things from last year, but as with any opening game there is a lot of room for improvement."
LB A.J. Hawk- "When they really needed it they found a way to run the ball. Ask any coach from any level and they will tell you to win a game you have to stop the run first and we didn't get that done today."
CB Jarrett Bush- "I think just our chemistry as a team. Communication wasn't there, I felt like we all just have to be on the same page. Once we do that we will be just fine. We are still a dominant defense."
Safety Morgan Burnett- "Their offense really thrives on not turning the ball over and they showed that today. They didn't turn the ball over and you got to give them credit. Give that team credit, they did a good job today and we just grow from it. It's early in the season. We can learn from it and just have to get prepared for the Bears on Thursday."