To blitz or not to blitz

Posted by Darren Urban on January 4, 2010 – 5:04 pm

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.”

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13 Responses to “To blitz or not to blitz”

  1. By John on Jan 4, 2010 | Reply

    Blitz oh yes they must. Mr Rogers has good timing with his wrs so confusing might be kinda hard imo. But make no mistake this is a – packers slapped my mamma in the face game. Mr Rogers must in no way shape or form have a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I expect the cards to smack the pack so hard Bart Starr feels it.

  2. By JP on Jan 4, 2010 | Reply

    John, I think you’re onto something with disrupting the wrs timing….our pass deffense ussually plays way too nicely in the neighborhood.
    I hope Mr.Davis has plenty of devious schemes for Sunday. I’d like to see McFadden rip off somebody’s sweater once in a while and play some aggressive bump and run….I think it gives him a better chance. Poor Toler got schooled…a good athlete and has potential but if he has to play, he is going to have to take chances b/c playing it safe=getting beat.
    Finally, if our D ends up in a 2 minute situation they have to learn learn to play with reckless abandon and not prevent a win with the all too oft clock eating loosing TD drive.
    Go Cards!

  3. By Ben Skehan on Jan 4, 2010 | Reply

    Amen John. As soon as the Vikings won i expected this. I fully expect Aaron Rodgers to hit the dirt a few times next week and more than likely a rematch with the Vikings, which kinda scares me, but we proved earlier in the season that we can handle AP and the Primadonna “Blue Jesus” Favre. GO CARDS!

  4. By shannon robinson on Jan 4, 2010 | Reply

    The playoffs start with a home field advantage – i predict our crowd will be a positive factor in the game! Learning how to win the big game on your own field is a great accomplishment for the Cards. The Packers under pressure are a different team. Now is the time when veteran leadership on the defense from the B-Train, B-Rob, Darnell, Adrian, Chike, Clark, Bryant, and Brownie must step up and play with passion and deliver a devastating attack. It’s time for the big dogs to play some ball.
    A tip of the rugby world’s hat to Ben Graham, you made punting fun again.

  5. By Former Steeler Fan on Jan 4, 2010 | Reply

    The Pack has an excellent defense (best run defense in the NFL?). If the Cards win, it will be a close game. I would be very surprised if the Cards deliver an XXX-kicking.

    Hopefully, if the Cards have the lead at the two minute mark, they will not use the Prevent Defense to prevent them from winning the game.

  6. By Mark on Jan 5, 2010 | Reply

    The packers do have a good defense but i dont think any defense can stop the cards if they open the game up using multiple wide receiver sets at the begining of the game with warner picking pick apart thier secondary with fitz, boldin breaston and doucet. They can establish the run later when they take a lead and the Packers go into nickle or dime packages to stop the pass which they wont be able to do. Every time the cards attempt to run the ball at the begining of a game against good teams the offense stalls. For example the superbowl, it wasnt until the cards opened up the game up when they had success. The packers have good linebackers to stop the run but other than Charles Woodson who is banged up and thirty three years old, the defensive backs for the packers dont match up to the cards wide outs. The steelers recently played the packers and Big Ben threw for 503 yards against them. Whiz please establish the pass because its our best chance to win.

  7. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 5, 2010 | Reply

    Does anyone here really believe that the Packers revealed extensive portions of their Cardinals playoff gameplan during last week’s game? Does anyone really expect that the Packers are going to line up the same way this Sunday as they did last Sunday for the first three quarters of the game?

    Not revealing the playbook worked both ways last Sunday. The Packers starters also played fundamental (vanilla) football, but were playing against the Cardinals backups. Hopefully the Cards staff won’t fool themselves into believing they learned a lot from what they seen against a Packers team that was playing “all out.”

  8. By Dennis Green on Jan 5, 2010 | Reply

    The Packers are very worried about Sunday. They know there is absolutely no chance to beat such a power as the Cardinals. I heard this morning that they are considering a forfeit. Good Luck to the Cardinals against whomever they play in the Super Bowl.

  9. By Jim Bob AZ on Jan 5, 2010 | Reply

    We will not be able to run the ball against this Packer defense- our only hope is if Q is back and can somehow be matched against there nickel back.

  10. By Christian AZ FAN on Jan 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully the Cards can take advantage of the packers O-line and get some sacks on rodgers we need to establish pressure and hold down on tight coverage to have any chance to win. remember rhythem is everything to the Offense of the Cards
    Prediction: Arizona 24
    Packers 10

  11. By Coolrunning on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    They got to blitz that f****R, Mr. Roger and throw him around like a dirty rag. Also, you got to be really physical against that bitch Jennings, their wide out. If you show him toughness from the begin, he will give up the rest of the game. He plays like a bitch whines and complains to the refs about no-calls.

  12. By Coolrunning on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    In Wisconsin, the Packers are relying heavily on the injuries on the defense and offense; because of that, they think they have a good chance. What a bunch of cowards.

  13. By Aaron on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    If you think you can stop A-Rodge and the Packers pass game by cutting off routes, they will run the ball all over you. Just compare all of each teams stats.

    I think Ryan Grant is the 5th best runner in the league. Cards do not match up with the Packers in any category except passing. Better hope Benie/Hightower can run the ball or you are going to lose bad again for the third time this season. I cheered for the Cards last season in the playoffs but have to go with my home team since they are in it this year.

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