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Monday, December 8, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Sanders' job security

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette addressed the first question of many Packers fans after Sunday's 24-21 loss to Houston: Will the game cost defensive coordinator Bob Sanders his job?

Sanders' group gave up 549 yards, including 414 in the air to just-returned Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. There have been no obvious clues that coach Mike McCarthy would consider a change, but such performances -- especially two weeks after getting steamrolled in New Orleans -- tend to change things.

Because of injuries, Sanders had cornerback Charles Woodson starting at safety. His backup middle linebacker (Desmond Bishop) was starting on the outside. His starting outside linebacker (A.J. Hawk) was starting in the middle. And three opening day starters -- safety Atari Bigby, defensive end Cullen Jenkins and middle linebacker Nick Barnett -- were out altogether.

But Sanders told Green Bay reporters he won't use the injuries as an excuse:

"When you're responsible for something, I take that responsibility very, very seriously. So I'll continue to work. I won't back down until we find a way and get it back going because we've played some pretty good defense around here, and I know we can. It's my responsibility to get us back to doing that."

While it's not yet clear if Sanders will lose his job, it seems pretty obvious the Packers will have to make wholesale changes to their defense in the offseason.

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