The game meant nothing and the teams were playing the next week, so it wouldn’t have been a shock to see the Cardinals try and pressure Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers heavily — especially in the second half of a one-sided game — Sunday. But they didn’t.
Even Rodgers took notice. “You’ve got to realize once their first unit went out, they really didn’t blitz much, if at all,” Rodgers said. The Cards’ first unit went out after the first possession.
There was a reason, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Sure, they might have reached Rodgers a couple of times. But it would have worked against Whisenhunt’s entire line of thinking for the game. It would have meant showing the Packers blitz packages the Cards would rather keep under wraps until this week. Besides, Whisenhunt noted, “some of the guys you are blitzing with maybe aren’t as good of blitzers as Adrian or Karlos,” and those guys were long sent to the sideline by then.
“When we are our best defensively is when we are running around and doing different things and running packages,” Whisenhunt added. “When we don’t do that, we haven’t been as successful.”
Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Wilson, Karlos Dansby, Packers, playoffs
Posted in Blog | 13 Comments »