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Matthews vows defense will improve

Posted by Mike Spofford on July 28, 2012 – 2:03 pm

LB Clay Matthews spoke to reporters after Saturday’s practice for the first time in training camp, and when asked whether the Packers’ defense would improve in 2012, he basically said the Dom Capers-coordinated unit has no choice.

“We need to be better,” he said. “Obviously when you finish 32nd, that’s not acceptable, especially for the way in which we played the first two years under Dom’s scheme. So we need to get better, we will get better, and I think the guys we brought in here, the attitude, the learning experience from last year, I think we will be better.”

One of the guys brought in, of course, is Nick Perry, who has been with the first unit at outside linebacker opposite Matthews since the day he arrived. When he’s not in the middle of a play or drill, Perry is often seen either chatting with Matthews or position coach Kevin Greene, and Matthews complimented his willingness to learn.

Mentoring a younger player is a bit of a new role for Matthews, but he’s embracing it so far.

“We work in unison together, so obviously he needs to look to me to give him advice,” Matthews said. “We’re going to be working together on the field a lot, so I need to be a mentor towards him, whether I want to or not. But I think that’s the natural progression of not only having the same position on the field, but me, as far as my maturation, going into my fourth year, and believing that I can be a leader.”

In other news:

–LB Desmond Bishop admitted he’s a bit frustrated with his recurring calf injury. He’s dealing with it now after having missed three games last season with the same problem. He said he didn’t have a timetable for his return, but he said he’s in no way concerned about this latest problem lasting until the start of the regular season.

“Minor setback,” he said. “It’s not as bad as it was last year. That’s the positive.”

–One player quietly off to a strong start in camp is WR James Jones. He has made multiple catches by leaping high over defenders to haul the ball in, including one Saturday over CB Sam Shields. The only blemish on Jones’ first three days of camp was his fumble on Saturday, when he was stripped by CB Davon House after making a reception. Jones admitted House “got me good.”

“Aaron has been throwing the ball up pretty good, letting us go up and make some plays,” Jones said. “That’s good, because when the games come, it’s going to be a lot of jump balls, a lot of competitive balls, so to get them started in camp early will help us out down the road.”

–Undrafted rookie RB Marc Tyler has changed uniform numbers. Through the spring and the first two days of camp, he was wearing No. 27. On Saturday, he switched to No. 26, which had been S Charlie Peprah’s number. Peprah was released on the eve of camp.

Tyler wore No. 26 in college at USC. That was also the number worn by his father, Wendell Tyler, a former Pro Bowl RB for the L.A. Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

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46 Responses to “Matthews vows defense will improve”

  1. By Cali Packers Fan on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Well, if #52 says the defense will improve, who am I to say he’s wrong. With all the picks in the draft defensive players, I doubt we’ll see a repeat of last year. With a 32nd ranked D and we went 15-1, watch out this season. Oh man, talk about scary. I’m sure those teddy bears and queens fan are a little nervous, as well they should be. THE MOST DANGEROUS TEAM IN THE NFL, THE GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!

  2. By Mark on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    38 takeaways, and still the 32 ranked defense, because they gave up a league record number of passing yards.

    38 takeaways, a league high, on a defense that had virtually no effective pass rush. Well that has now changed, Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels are the real deal, and they automaticly improve that d-line, especially with Mr. Raji and Mr. Pickett already there, then add in Nick Perry, Dezman Moses, and a very good rotation of linebackers, and even if GB’s total defense is only middle of the road this season, yes, watch out rest of the league.

    Especially with the offensive weapon which is going to be Randall Cobb, who has been lining up pretty much everywhere on offense.

  3. By Bob on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Mr.Matthews get’s some much needed help on other side,Defensive front line pressure’s QB know telling where we rank,possibly top 5 in defense? Special team’s.ALL Phase’s must drastically improve.Yes,We can be dominant and scary to ALL opponent’s.DOMINATE.

  4. By Bears Year Ahead on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Packers are passe’…take it to the bank. Their obvious problem is their keystone cop secondary (see them falling over themselves defending Hakeen Nicks or Vincent Jackson)! Last anyone looked, Jerel Worthless wasn’t playing safety! They’re decidedly overmatched and all arrows point down–the 15-1 record was a farce wrapped in a mirage! Bears, 49ers & Eagles will duke it out for the NFC crown. Packers scrape & claw with the worst defense and running game in the league…..it’s over!

  5. By Title-town for a Reason on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Keep dreaming Bear’s Year Ahead… it’s all you have as long as Cutler’s in the mix. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ha………..

  6. By Albear on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Come back againg after the season when Da Bears finsh 3rd just ahead of the 4 & 12 Queens and let us all know why the Packers swept the conference again and why Da Bears just couldn’t get it done again. Cutler will never be in the same class as Rodgers and Forte is good, but not that good. So sing your song now cause you’ll be a mute when the season ends.

  7. By Viking fan on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Fun to be a Viking and Packer fan, 32nd ranked defense bummer but still 15-1 that’s impressive. We all know this team relies on #12 without him 5-11. Remember to walk on egg shells at every practice and games as Rogers will be a target for all team defenses. Enjoy the success as it could be a long season if #12 goes down….. , good luck to a great franchise….and Go Vikings!!!

  8. By Bears Year Ahead on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    All any decent coordinator needs to do is look at pecker film against KC,Detroit, San Diego, or the Giants to know (with hilarious certainty) that the peckers have zero answer for big wide-outs! Now, enter Brandon the Beast Marshall & Alshon Jefferies on the outside for the Bears and re-assign the 68 year old Woodson to safety(great but archaelogically old), and it’s a wing and a prayer that midgets like Sammy Davis Shields and Travesty Williams have a chance outside at corner, let alone a rookie corner from Vanderbilt! It’s over for the Packers baby……can you say “33rd ranked defense!”

  9. By Benwah on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Wow–glad to see the Bares fans happy w/their new additions, too. However, we’ll see very quickly who’s tops in the NFC North. In the NFC, it’s close on which division is the best, but I think we’d all agree it’s here at the North. Whoever wins the North division will be in the top 2 in the overall NFC.

    GO PACK!!!!

  10. By Benwah on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    33rd ranked defense? Wow–did you think of that all by yourself? Marshall was a decent addition, but considering your best WR was a converted DB, you had to go get Butler’s BFF. As for Alshon, that fat a$$ can’t run down the field w/out thinking about getting another snack on the sidelines. Big receiver is putting that mildly.

  11. By Minnesota Cheese Curd on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Let them talk fellas. Can’t wait to play the bears. As long as gutler is at the helm it will be interception city and lights out from the best qb in the league.

  12. By Cali Packers Fan on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Mathews is such a real man. I’d love to stroke his long locks of lushis blonde hair. I’m dead serious, that is how much i love this guy.

  13. By Cali Packers Fan on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’d probably even let him take me to bed!

  14. By Mr Rodgers on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    These bears fan are absolutley hilarious hahahaha.

    Cutler is a joke….Calling woodson old? Ill take him over that meat head brian urlacher anyday…Urlacher is a ferry bro he paints his kids nails pink.

    Get ready because when playoffs come its going to look exactly like this


  15. By taylor51 on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Cali.;)….Benwah, Curd, Rodgers…..I have been bleeding Packer blood for 52 years….know what?? I have NEVER gone to see what the Bears, Vikings, Detroit or any other team’s web-site is all about. Not saying you guys (gal) do, but it is obvious the knuckle-head Bears fans check out the Packers. Hhmmmmm wonder who is nervous. And the name calling of some of the best players in the NFL??? Bears Year Ahead, dude, did you graduate high school? Stay on your own site.

  16. By taylor51 on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    …..ooops silly me, I forgot there are Bears fans that are closet Packer fans. That is why they come to our site !!!

  17. By joe on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    hey bears year ahead. hey loser go to your own teams website. if you weren’t worried then why are you on our site. you tool. secondly, you have to have a QB to throw to those so called “beasts” wide outs. last time i looked, you got a gutless, no heart, cry baby for a QB!!!! GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!

  18. By Cali Packers Fan on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    All I’m saying is that claymaker can do what he wishes with me, if it means a superbowl, I’m with the man!

  19. By Cali Packers Fan on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    now that is dedication! I bet none of you are as dedicated as that!

  20. By MN Cheese on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Cali, get a life dude!

  21. By BIG CHEESE on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    All I can say is….WOW. Cali, maybe you need some help.

  22. By Cali Packers Fan on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    leave me alone guys!

  23. By SmokeyJoe on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    I know I may be a little late on this comment but this is a response to the bears fan who talks such a big game.
    2011. Packers with the 32nd ranked defense NEVER trailed the bears at any point through 8 quarters.
    2011 Week 3 Cutler 302 yds 2TDs 2INTs Sacked twice
    Rushing 12attempts 1.1yds per rush for a whopping 13 total yards.
    Final Score GB-27 CHI-17
    Week 16 Mclown 242 yds 1TD 2INTs 0-sacks
    Rushing 42 Att 4.7 yds per Rush for 199 total yds.
    Final score GB-35 CHI-21.
    So even after that poor defensive performance they still STOMPED YA! By the way, that same offense is coming at ya this year and you better PRAY that the defense doesn’t improve. Nah, don’t matter anyway they will still crush the wimpy gutless bears. Brandon Marshal is ok but he isn’t Jerry Rice re-born. Enjoy another year of mediocrity.

  24. By bob9763 on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Alot of people are hanging their hats on unproven rookies. Hopefully our D doesn’t get any worse! Keep in mind we just gave alot of money to old stone hands finley

  25. By Bears Year Ahead on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Pecker fans a little insecure?…..Bears Year Ahead is about to be your reality—the peckers will limp out of Lambeau on the evening of 9/13 with a record of 0-2, because ~both~ the 49ers and Bears will have walked all over them on their home field! As for the petty little matter of getting on “your” website (is NFL.com apart of the overrrated pecker domain?), it’s far better sport than trading village people fantasies about puffdoll’s like Matthews with your other homies!…Just the support a Bear fan needs to justify further comments!……Bears Year ahead—-peckers will be lucky to finish 9-7!

  26. By Bears Year Ahead on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    And the comical claim of “name-calling some of the best players in the NFL”…..oh…booo who! Never said a word about Rodgers, without which the peckers are TOTAL toast. And Woodson, Jennings and Bishop could come lineup for the Bears in a perfect football world. But several of their so-called blue chippers (Finley, Raji, Shields, Williams, Neal, Hawk, Matthews, Burnett and on an on) learned how to read last year just in time to be fooled by all their bloated press clippings! The proof was in the pudding when the Giants rolled into townm but the train had left the station months before when the worst defense in the last 30 years started giving up 600 yards a game!…..Hey….nothing but the best to Rodgers, Woodson (pure class), Jennings, and a couple others, but they’re clearly not going to be enough—get used to it!

  27. By BIG CHEESE on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    It’s impossible to be insecure knowing that the Packers beat the Bears four times in one calandar year.

  28. By Bears Year Ahead on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Forgot to mention big-boca James Starks…..what a loser!…Joked recently with a peckerhead friend of mine that there’s few things more hilarious than watching #54, #55, & #90 extract their cleats from his gaping throat!….His jaw flapped around so much the peckers medical staff considered placing his enire face in a cast! Jimmy Joe Starks—could be 4th string on the Bears! Oh, but the Peckers are “loaded!”

  29. By Bears Year Ahead on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Keep clinging to the past cheeseboy…..that’s all ya got!@

  30. By SmokeyJoe on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Are you 12 years old? You sound like a total DOPE. “My team is gonna do this my team is gonna do that blah blah blah….your team sucks..wah wah!” You sound like a spoiled little child. No grasp on reality. Your pantywaste bears keep getting SMASHED by the Packers year after year and every year all you got is another worthess team yet you keep talking like they are the resurrected 85 bears. Yeah you keep hanging on to that past wackjob cause thats all the bears got….the past because the future looks like mediocrity for a long time. By the way your best player Urlackluster is OLD! He does’t have it anymore, now back to your moms basement with ya!

  31. By SmokeyJoe on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    I Guess it is nice having bears year ahead out here for some comic relief. As he keeps showing off his massive child-like IQ and grandious visions of fantasy. Makes for a good laugh as he talks about the bears.Funny stuff.

  32. By Tim Benton on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    @bearsyearsahead, Just like my 7 year old I commend you on your visions of grander for your team that is nothing more then a 8 – 8 team. Please come back when you are ready to deal with realistic adults who know the Pack will sweep their division, loose one or two games and do something your team has only done once in two tries, bring another Lombardi back to it’s rightful home!

  33. By BIG CHEESE on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    @bearfanslikestogivehead, I doubt dabeers are underestimating Starks and the Pack the way you are. You talk a lot of long doo-doo Bucko..

  34. By Bears Year Ahead on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Smokeycheeseboys- Did your 7 year old spell the word “grander” for ya! or how about “grandious”! Did ya mean ~grandeur~ & ~grandiose!~….Oh that’s right..they don’t teach combination vowel sounds in Wisconsin until your age….I’m guessing 12?….You already have a kid? You guys are idiots. I’ll chirp at all of ya come 9/13……in the meantime, rest assured the Bears aren’t “underestimating” Jimmy Joe Starks from the great football factory of the University of Buffalo! There’s nothing on old Big Mouth’s record to estimate–but don’t take my word for it—go back and look at the tape of Peppers and Urlacher anilhating the moron while his jaw was a-flapping!….They just shoved him out of bounds and then waved him off the same way I’m waving all of you off….as in “yeah, yeah, yeah, go get a face-cast!”

  35. By BIG CHEESE on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    bearfansgivehead, The actual psychological term for what you’re experiencing (your diagnosis), is schizophrenia, accompanied by delusions of grandure.

    What Peppers and Urlicker did to Starks is not half as bad as how stupid Rodgers made Urlicker and Brigg look when Urlicker was sidelined as a result of it. Here, take a look in case you don’t remember. Rodgers made your boys look stupid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiV8pSf3eko

    You’re trippin son. Ok, computer time is over little buddy. Medication time, and back to Summer School in the morning.

  36. By BIG CHEESE on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are really important when discussing football, oh wait, you haven’t been discussing football; you’ve just been disgusting. You lack class pal. I’ve treated thousands of people like you clinically who are also afflicted with mental illness over the past 20 years. I’ve got your number kiddo… I have to admit though, as another Packer fan had mentioned, it’s quite amusing reading your ridiculous rhetoric. You’re a funny little guy. Now take your meds and get some sleep…nighty-nite….

  37. By Packfan P on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Funny thing about what this bears fan is saying…As crappy as our D was last year, we still stopmed the bears. This year our pass rush will be vastly improved. The bears new wideouts wont get the ball due to cutler being on his back all game. Aaron will have his way with the bears outdated defense again…as usual. Just keep your fingers crossed they dont get blown out.

  38. By Pack4Life on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bears Years Ahead just quit your embarrassing your self i hear the same thing every year from the teddy bear club” bears havent won a super bowl since 85 which is their only super bowl victory we smashed the bears twice last year in the first game we killed forte with our 32nd ranked defense an before you get all high an mighty about our secondary we led the league in ints and cutler and the other poor excuse of a qb are included in that list of 38 ints besides Cutler will get hurt an forte will crumble under the pressure any way so it doesnt matter that thing you call your o line is horrible

  39. By Pack4Life on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    and besides yes we lost in the play offs at least we got there and we went 15-1 after winning a super bowl something the teddy bears or any other team in the nfl has ever done we set records and break hearts without even trying

  40. By New Glarus Pack on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve read comments here over the years but I’ve never bothered to respond to anything ’til now. ‘Bears Year Ahead’put the bottle down and go away. Do really think the Bears have a better QB and receiving corps than the Pack? No, the Pack won’t go 15-1 again this year. How often has that happened in the history of the NFL? Heck of a regular season last year and definitely was fun to watch. Just looking forward to watch some FB soon. I love the Pack and the NFL…..just saying. GO PACK GO!!!

  41. By Bears Year Ahead on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    You peckerheads are all hilarious! I get on and start talking some football smack, and ooooooh……it gets so personal: ie “get off our website”, or “take your pills”, or (the best one for sheer idiocy) “I’ve treated thousands of people like you clinically”! Your pecker nation is even dumber than I thought it was!. Hey look fellas—just mark these words and go back to stroking eachother with puffdoll Matthew’s “goldielocks”: Bears ~will~ walk out of Lambeau on the evening of 9/13 with pecker scalps and a victory, and a likely 2 game divisional lead, as both SF and Chicago have passed your beloved putzes up! Easy fellas….just sayinnnnn! New year comin…February 2011 was an NFL eternity ago. Last call until 9/13—–you can start getting used to the idea now!

  42. By Bears Year Ahead on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, and I forgot to mention–when a pompous cow by the screen name of “Big Cheese” apoints himself the judge of what’s classy, it just reminds me of all those times when I’ve had to step over his carcasse on the way out of the sportsbar! Slim down and chill out big fella or I might just step on ya next time!

  43. By Greenbaystudohfour on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Bears Years Ahead, I will say this. I admire your willingness to continue to post and be utterly proven wrong. We were superbowl champs just two years back, went 15-1 last year because of our great offense and our 1st in the league takeaway total. Who cares if our D is 32nd because we gave up a lot of passing yards. Last I checked, the game wasn’t won by getting passing yards, it was by scoring more points than the other team. Only ONE team did that last year… So yeah, our D gave up yardage, but they didn’t give up that yardage when it counted and THAT’S what matters! I don’t know if you know this, but our offense is STILL the best with #12 and our superpower WR core. You can talk all you want about Jones running his mouth (which he may be doing more than necessary, but that’s not the point) we STILL have the likes of Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb who are making plays and beating Defenses. We still have that same offense… So, I don’t see us not scoring points to win games like we did last year and two years ago… As far as the Defense… From 32nd, the only place to go is up, there pal. So get your facts straight and quit hating on the Packers. How many problems does your team have? Because scoring seems to be one of them since you didn’t finish atop the NFC North recently. And keep gabbing about 9/13 because until then, it’s all talk. We’ve got the offensive talent over the Bears and our defense is gonna step it up. So keep talking, we’ll see ya there! GO PACK GO!

  44. By Bears Year Ahead on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well, Studofour, at least you’re not personal about it. All I’ve been writing is about what’s ahead. Yeah, the team you love has had a nice run, but it’s about to end. The die was cast throughout most of the end of last season, and the Giants just came in and finished them off. The Bears have improved a thousand-fold more offensively than the Peckers have improved defensively, and there’s never been any question about their defense or special teams……matter of fact, the Bears defense gets even better with 14 point leads, which is what they’ll be looking at this year!. Rodgers will continue to get his numbers because he’s clearly a great QB, but the team itself won’t be able to keep up. Things change. Should be good……I’ll be shocked if the peckers beat ~either~ SF or Chicago. But you can hope!

  45. By Greenbaystudohfour on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Well that’s mature of you. I’ve only known one Bears fan in my life that was civil and did his homework before he bad mouth my team. I will say you have merit in what you say. Every Packers fan will agree that our Defense was absolutely terrible last year and if we were in top form, we could have had a repeat. But! we’re doing something about it.

    And about San Fran. Good luck to anyone playing them, Bears included. They are a rising force-to-be-reckoned with and I will say if our D and our run game doesn’t shape up, it will be a hard fought game that rests solely on Rodgers’ shoulders.. But I think the rest of the team knows that, too.

    Haven’t heard much about the Bears’ pickups in the offseason other than Marshall-who CAN be covered-but we’ll see. I have much respect for guys like Forte and Knox, because they always play well against us when we stomp them =) but Cutler… Nah lol

    Good luck to the Bears cuz they are gonna need it. Pre-seasons only a few days away so we’ll see who’s talking has merit in the end!

  46. By scott on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Bears years ahead. lol its one of the reasons i loveee football, the trash talk, some of my friends are bear and queen fans, but maybe its because there my friends or maybe there are just not obnoxious? but when push comes to shove they know they are not on the same level as the pack, they will grittt there teeth and cheerrrrrr for there team to win but in the end, they always admit, the packers are scary good. bears ahead is just on here to bust people balls, its no biggie you see it every year. they dissapear after they lose. im very excited to watch the pack this year however i had to relocate to pittsburgh lol yes they hate us here too still. for my job, so i have to pay 330 bucks to get nfl tickit though my ps3 but we all know its worth it right packer fans!!!!!!

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