Shhhh. Don’t Tell Aaron Kampman.
For the first time in the regular season since the 3-4 defense was installed by Dom Capers, the Packers D lived up to the preseason hype, pounding the snot out of the opposing team’s quarterback. And about the only thing I can discern as being different from the previous eight games and yesterday’s win is this: Aaron Kampman wasn’t on the field.
Only a total moron would think that you could look at each play and decipher whether Kampman being involved in that play would have resulted in something better or worse for the Packers. But you don’t have to go too deep into the time capsule to recall a time when Aaron Kampman was barely able to veil his displeasure at the prospect of playing linebacker in the new defensive scheme. I mean it’s football, right? Suck it up for the good of the team? Not make a fuss because the new positional assignments don’t capture your best side? Or might throw a wet blanket on your production numbers?
And then Dom decided either to acquiesce to Kampman’s disgruntling behavior by lining him up part-time on the D-line, or he thought he could pervert his 3-4 scheme to make use of Kampman’s rushing abilities. I don’t know. Frankly, I don’t care.
But here’s what I do know. The Packers netted five sacks yesterday and were able to apply consistent pressure to Romo, who was in the unusual spot of having to do his best Aaron Rodgers impression, dodging would-be assassins in the pocket all afternoon.