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Former coach Herm Edwards: Defenses must force Packers WRs inside and get physical

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense did it again Sunday. 31 points. 369 passing yards. 4 touchdowns through the air. Win No. 12. Former coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards told the Press-Gazette that defenses need to try something different – get physical with the receivers. Rodgers is playing at such a high level that, according to Edwards, opponents should take away the outside routes, force receivers inside and make them pay. “To me, when you play him, first of all, you can’t allow the wide receivers or whoever lines up outside the numbers when they spread you out, you can’t allow those guys to run up the rail. You’ve got to force them inside. If you have outside position, you can see the ball coming.” “You can’t get inside. When you get inside position on that wide receiver, you’ve got problems. You’ve got to play the back-shoulder throw. And if you’re back-shoulder, waiting on that, he’s going to hit you over the top. If you’re outside, you at least have the ability to see the ball coming out. Now you’ve got a chance. The other way, you’ve got no chance.” “Now, he can throw the inside seam on you, but here’s the problem. That guy has to have a lot of courage. There’s going to be a safety there and he’s going to get hit. If I’m playing them, that’s how I’m defending them. Because I’ve got more bodies inside the numbers on defense than I have outside the numbers. I only have one guy that can make the play outside the numbers, unless I turn him over to the safety, and then it’s still a 1-on-1 deal.” “I’m going to force those guys inside to catch balls inside the numbers because, last time I checked, I’ve got six guys sitting in there. If I’ve got six guys looking at that ball, and I’m looking at it from the outside, when you throw it, I’m a know one thing – there’s somebody else breaking on that ball, too, that can at least hit the guy.” “Now it might be a foul and all that, but if you continue to do that, those receivers figure it out, too. I’m going to have to have courage all day.” “That’s just me as a coach and a guy that played in the secondary. When you get guys that can do what he (Rodgers) can do, you’ve got to make sure – OK, I understand you can throw it, but you’re going to throw it in an area where it’s congested. And we’re going to see who has courage left. That’s just me.” “I sit there every week and watch it and go, really? What are you doing? (The alternate) doesn’t work. They just keep doing it.”

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