Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  By PAUL IMIG  |  Last updated 12/5/13
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As the weekly editions of the PackersMailbag series have shown, defensive coordinator Dom Capers has become a veryunpopular person among Green Bay's fan base. That frustration makes some sense,too, as the Packers have fallen from the NFL's 11th-ranked defense to 24thoverall in the past six weeks.Players, however, have stood by Capers at every opportunity.But on Thursday, there was a multiple-second pause from cornerback TramonWilliams that, in reading between the lines, seemed to have spoken to a bit ofuncertainty from the team's defensive players.Williams was asked for his thoughts on Capers' scheme and heoffered the following response, which began with a two-second pause."Um," Williams said, before again pausing forthree seconds. "I mean, it's been good. Obviously we won the Super Bowlwith it. It's been around for awhile. When you're struggling you don't knowwhat to think about it, and that's anybody. That's just part of the frustrationgoing on with things. We're still buying into what's going on."It's going to be a struggle from both points, coachesand players. It's not going to be one of those things where we're going topoint fingers at the scheme or it's this. We're not going to do that. We'regoing to finish it out the way we started. That's together as a team whicheverway it goes. We're going to be in it together."So, what began with some negativity did turn more positiveas Williams continued. But the early moments from Williams' answer were theonly sign so far that perhaps some doubt has crept into the minds of Capers'players.Green Bay gave up 40 points and 561 total yards to theDetroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Williams insisted, though, that players aren'tlooking to blame Capers or anyone else."I haven't seen any guys pointing fingers at all,"Williams said. "That's the good thing about it. That's the truth. A lot ofguys come up in here and say, We're not going to point fingers. We're not goingto do that.' Then behind the scenes the first thing you see a guy do is talkabout something. But it hasn't been like that around here. Guys still feel thatwe can get things done."We know we're not down and out of it yet. We'reprobably going to need some help realistically (to get in the playoffs). Thatcould still happen. As long as we have hope, we're going to continue to playhard. And without hope, we're still going to continue to play hard. It's one ofthose deals to where anytime you step on that field you want to put your bestfoot forward no matter if you're struggling or not. I don't see how a guy canstep on the field and go half at it. I just don't see how a guy could do that,so we're going to go hard every time we go on the field regardless of whathappens."After a poor Week 1 performance on the road against the SanFrancisco 49ers, the Packers' defense began to perform quite well -- with theexception of a lack of interceptions. Before the midway point of the season,Green Bay had played so well that its run defense was on a franchise-best paceand was ranked third in the NFL. Then, Chicago's Matt Forte, Philadelphia'sLeSean McCoy, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Detroit's Reggie Bush all gashedthe Packers for huge gains, sending Green Bay's run defense all the way down towhere it currently stands at No. 26 in the league."Tackling, staying in the right gap and playing what'scalled and not trying to do more than what the defense calls for -- things likethat," defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. "We've kind of lost touchof that these last four weeks. Then it snowballs and we're where we're at rightnow."To entirely place blame on Capers or the players is notrealistic. It takes a collective group for things to have gone so wrong thisquickly.Part of the downfall certainly ties to the absence ofquarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose ability to better control the time ofpossession battle is one factor that makes a significant difference on bothsides of the ball.And while it would likely take a major turnaround from thePackers' defense over the final four games this season to have Capers return in2014, Williams' initial hesitance Thursday was the only time in which playershaven't shown complete trust in the defensive scheme being given to them."I still feel confident," safety Morgan Burnettsaid. "I got all the confidence in the world. We got great guys in thislocker room with a lot of talent. The scheme is great, because it allowseveryone to make their share of plays. The only thing we have to do is make theplays when the opportunity presents itself. Just keep competing, and at thispoint in time just keep grinding." Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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