The Green Bay Packer have been retooling the inside linebacker position for the past two seasons and defensive coordinator Dom Capers believes Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez are two staples in the resurgence in the middle.
“I think we have a good rotation now,” Ryan said, via Packers News.
“I think with Joe (Thomas) and Blake, Joe is more of our fast-nickel guy, and going out there in our dime stuff, too. I think the coaches have it down in what they want to do with us.”
“When we’re out there,” Martinez said, “we kind of understand what the other is going to do. We understand communication-wise that I’m going to have his back, and he’s going to have my back. I think that just takes reps. I think just understanding from certain plays that we call. We know we have this, we know we want to try to make it look like this, or do certain things to confuse the defense. Just looking at him, me and him are just understanding instantly we’re going to show this, or come back across the ball, or something like that.
“It’s like a lot of things in this league,” Capers said. “You adapt to what’s here and now. Yes, probably 15 years ago, it would have made you nervous. But I like where both of those guys are. They’re both very conscientious, they both prepare well. I think they learn from going out. They’re like all young guys, they’re going to make some mistakes, but they normally don’t end up repeating the same mistake.”