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Week 2 GDT - Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Here's the thing though... the key point in that article is "WRs were coming open but the pass rush was too strong and left the QB unable to make the play." 

Yeah, that's how defense works. The idea is to get to the QB before he has a chance to hit the open WR.

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This article and quote are from Erik Baranczyk at PackersNews and was written after the NFCCG vs ATL last January

http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/baranczyk/2017/01/23/lack-pressure-dooms-packers-defense/96958846/


 

"Falcons coach Dan Quinn, a defensive coordinator by trade, clearly studied the Packers’ videotape against Dallas from the divisional round of the playoffs.

He saw quarterback Aaron Rodgers pick apart the Cowboys early when Dallas tried to contain him in the pocket and play coverage. And he saw the Cowboys have some success when they started blitzing, especially with defensive backs off the edge.

And so that’s how the Falcons attacked Rodgers from the start Sunday. A key, tone-setting play was a third-down blitz on the Packers’ first possession that forced Rodgers to throw the ball away. On that one, linebacker Deion Jones ran a delayed blitz in the A gap. Jones is explosive for a linebacker (4.59 40) and was on Rodgers fast because he was unblocked. That ended a promising drive with a (missed) field-goal attempt rather than a touchdown and showed Quinn that blitzing could work.

Several times Quinn blitzed rookie cornerback Brian Poole off the slot, and Poole had two brutal hits on Rodgers in the first half. One came on a third down and forced a punt, the other was a blind-side shot that caused Rodgers head to snap and instantly put him on the ground. The quarterback popped up immediately, but he had to be feeling it Monday.

So now the Packers know what to prepare for in the offseason. The old book on Rodgers was rush to contain, play coverage and hope he holds the ball. But after the way he played during the Packers’ eight-game winning streak, the new one probably will be sending smaller, athletic blitzers at him."

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6 hours ago, CWood21 said:

Wasn't Rodgers QBR something insanely high against the blitz last year though?

Blitz that gets picked up leads to plays by offense and high QBR. Successful blitz not picked up leads to punts, throwaways, ints.

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RT Bryan Bulaga is expected to play today according to Rapoport. Same goes for Mike Daniels, but Daniels himself tweeted a couple days ago that he was fine so that's not a surprise. No clue on Bak's status though

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000845907/article/injury-roundup-bears-jordan-howard-expected-to-play?campaign=Twitter_atn

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6. Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle, illness) and defensive tackle Mike Daniels (hip) are expected to play against the Atlanta Falcons, per Rapoport.

 

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1 hour ago, squire12 said:

Blitz that gets picked up leads to plays by offense and high QBR. Successful blitz not picked up leads to punts, throwaways, ints.

Rodgers has always done extraordinarily well against the blitz, largely due to his pocket presence, mobility, and ability to run to either side of the field and make a throw.

Most seasons he's been #1 against the blitz IIRC.

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5 minutes ago, Revel8 said:

Rodgers has always done extraordinarily well against the blitz, largely due to his pocket presence, mobility, and ability to run to either side of the field and make a throw.

Most seasons he's been #1 against the blitz IIRC.

Different types of blitzes. I don't know the stats but I do remember back around 2010 and after he was always no.1 against the blitz but teams have had more success blitzing him in recent years, well it feels like it.

Pretty sure he is still probably top 5 against the blitz but not no.1

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14 minutes ago, jontat83 said:

Different types of blitzes. I don't know the stats but I do remember back around 2010 and after he was always no.1 against the blitz but teams have had more success blitzing him in recent years, well it feels like it.

Pretty sure he is still probably top 5 against the blitz but not no.1

There are naturally different types of blitzes, though what's being referred to are the stats against all blitzes in general.

From 2015:

"Rodgers led the NFL last season with a passer rating of 130.4 against the blitz.  Since 2008, his first year as a starter, he has the highest passer rating (110.5) against the blitz and the most touchdowns (78), according to Stats LLC."

http://www.espn.com/blog/green-bay-packers/post/_/id/24358/good-luck-blitzing-pressuring-packers-quarterback-aaron-rodgers

 

From December 2016:

"Rodgers has been blitzed on a quarter of his 504 drop backs this season, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes against the blitz, slightly down from his 65.5 completion percentage with no blitz. But his nine touchdowns to one interception shows just how effective he remains against extra pressure. With no blitz, Rodgers had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 18-to-6.

Rodgers’ 103.6 rating against the blitz is better than his 95.6 rating when he isn’t blitzed."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2016/12/02/texans-blitz-aaron-rodgers-own-peril/94830530/

 

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jfc what a disaster that would be. I'd basically just be watching the game not worrying about trying to get a win but trying to just not get Rodgers injured. Yuck

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McCarthy will definitely help out the tackles if both can't go. Especially LT, you can't let both be put on a island all game or you're gonna get destroyed. Bennett is a good blocker make him chip and or double team the rushers. Also look to run the ball more. 

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Yeah it will never happen but Rodgers getting a fake injury in some kind of warmup might be convenient if the tackle news is true. I have seen Qbs get injured before with backups failing to protect.

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Wish the game was on grass so I would feel somewhat better. Not the best place to be having backup Tackles in playing on a fast track in a loud stadium vs that speed

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