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Raising Run Defense from Abyss

No one area of the Packers’ defense in 2013 was more head-scratching than the run defense. Here is a look at the highs and lows, the telling numbers of why the Packers are revamping their defensive line, and why notable personnel additions on defense may not necessarily be the answer.

The Green Bay Packers made the defensive splashes they needed this offseason when they signed free agent Julius Peppers and selected Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of the NFL Draft. Peppers will look to be a key chess piece in a new approach on defense that coaches say will use “less scheme and more personnel” to fit the skills of their talent. Clinton-Dix will vie for a...

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