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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 Ė 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. ďTo me, when you play him, first of all, you canít allow the wide receivers or whoever lines up outside the numbers when they spread you out, you canít allow those guys to run up the rail. Youíve got to force them inside. If you have outside position, you can see the ball coming.Ē ďYou canít get inside. When you get inside position on that wide receiver, youíve got problems. Youíve got to play the back-shoulder throw. And if youíre back-shoulder, waiting on that, heís going to hit you over the top. If youíre outside, you at least have the ability to see the ball coming out. Now youíve got a chance. The other way, youíve got no chance.Ē ďNow, he can throw the inside seam on you, but hereís the problem. That guy has to have a lot of courage. Thereís going to be a safety there and heís going to get hit. If Iím playing them, thatís how Iím defending them. Because Iíve 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 itís still a 1-on-1 deal.Ē ďIím going to force those guys inside to catch balls inside the numbers because, last time I checked, Iíve got six guys sitting in there. If Iíve got six guys looking at that ball, and Iím looking at it from the outside, when you throw it, Iím a know one thing Ė thereís somebody else breaking on that ball, too, that can at least hit the guy.Ē ďNow it might be a foul and all that, but if you continue to do that, those receivers figure it out, too. Iím going to have to have courage all day.Ē ďThatís 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, youíve got to make sure Ė OK, I understand you can throw it, but youíre going to throw it in an area where itís congested. And weíre going to see who has courage left. Thatís just me.Ē ďI sit there every week and watch it and go, really? What are you doing? (The alternate) doesnít work. They just keep doing it.Ē

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