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Frazier, Vikings Cognizant Of Rodgers’ Mobility

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 18, 2010 – 1:21 pm

If you watched last week’s Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins, you surely saw the value in having a QB with mobility who can make plays and keep plays alive with his feet. Eagles QB Michael Vick had an electric performance, supplementing his 4 passing TDs with 80 yards rushing and a pair of TDs on the ground.

While not to the same extent as Vick, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers also has the ability to use his feet to pickup yards on the ground or buy extra time to allow his receivers to come open. Again, no QB is better or even comparable to Vick in this regard, but the point remains that the Vikings must be cognizant of Rodgers’ mobility this Sunday.

“It makes it a lot tougher when you’re playing zone, or man,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said of mobile QBs. “The quarterback buys some extra time because something’s not open and he’s waiting and waiting, it puts a lot of pressure on your secondary to hold up when that happens. It’s something we’ll have to address this weekend because their quarterback in Green Bay does the same thing. It really puts a lot of pressure on your defense.”

Rodgers doesn’t hesitate to abandon the pocket to make a play. In 2009 Rodgers averaged 3.6 rushes per game and picked up 5.4 yards per attempt; he also had 5 rushing TDs. The year prior he averaged 3.7 rushes per game and this year he’s averaging 5.1 yards per carry with 3 rushing TDs. Against the Vikings earlier this season, Rodgers had 3 carries for 14 yards but he was particularly good at moving out of the pocket to find receivers. In fact, being on the move might be when Rodgers is at his best.

“You’re in third-down situations, you’re trying to get off the field, you have things covered up pretty good, and then the quarterback moves around, moves around, and somebody eventually gets open,” Frazier explained. “It puts a lot of pressure on your defense when that happens, so we have to have a good plan to keep him in the pocket and try to contain him. That will be the challenge for us this weekend.”


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30 Responses to “Frazier, Vikings Cognizant Of Rodgers’ Mobility”

  1. By Dennis on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    YEAH…good luck! God knows your going to need it with the lousy secondary and defensive front four you have.

  2. By Purple Nurple on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hey,Frazier(AKA Captain”well aware”) Here’s a f@#king well kept secret…blitz Cutler & you win.If only you would have been “well aware”!

  3. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    I wish Chilly would man up , stop chewing gum and chew sum a** , people say the players are profesional they dont need a** chewings, but they do … look at your own work place people get comfortable and lackadazicle , need to put a fire under there a** , FIRE CHILLY AND HIS IDEA OF A LOT OF FOOTBALL LEFT AND PLAYERS DONT NEED TO BE MOTIVATED ATTITUDE!!!!

  4. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    BSAS AND FRED, I would agree we can do it if our HEAD COACH WASNT A PU$$Y, we had 11 pro bowlers last year and might get 3 this year, Harvin, Peterson, Greenway, and maybe Hutchinson are the only guys who are giving effort this year … I think Winfield, Favre, and P.Williams might be trying but are just a year over the hill …. CHILLY NEEDS TO CHEW SOME A** , but he wont so we are done …. JARED ALLEN SHOULD GET BENCHED

  5. By Justin on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    If only Favre had mobility, then he wouldn’t get sacked as much this season.

  6. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    and the fact we entered the season with 4 WR and we now have 5 … LEWIS and BASKETT are number 6 WRs at best probally shouldnt be in the league … BERRIAN is a number 4 WR at best so our OFFENSIVE COACH CHILLY really came to a season with 2 recievers this is our leader

  7. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    @Justin … I agree hes just 1 year over the hill

  8. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    WR depth chart ….

    #1 … NONE

    #2 … HARVIN

    #3 … NONE

    #4 … BERRIAN

    #5 … NONE

    #6 … LEWIS

  9. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    i know weve made a few changes but thats how the wise chilly entered the season

  10. By matt w on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Rodgers wont even have to run. Our defense cant get to the quarterback, if he was sitting on the ground having a picnic. This is going to be domination by the packers. If we are lucky it will be a 28 point game, but being realistic. I see this game being a 42 point blow out by the packers.

  11. By Purple Nurple on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    @ Shawn, for Chilly to chew a@# he’d need to put his head between his legs and start munching.To demand excellence requires YOU to BE excellent.If you can’t count how many players are on the field…If your EVERYDAY scheme is AP off tackle x2-3rd long throw…if you give up a 3rd round pick for Moss the boot him…YOU DON’T HAVE CREDIBILITY!!
    No RESPECT…so of course the players won’t follow…because you’re not LEADING.Put on the thinking cap again Shawn…the one you made from tin foil…stay away from the microwave though.

  12. By Purple Nurple on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    The Packers ARE beatable.We need a coach willing to mix Brett & TJack/Webb.Roll out AP as a reciever more…throw on 1st down…& Blitz our D.In short…NOT AP x2 off tackle 3rd & long throw(pick).Otherwise …

  13. By rocksalt on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, we will be accutely aware of Rodgers mobility as he simply stands like a statue in the pocket due to NO PRESSURE……..WTF……..

  14. By fire childress on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    the Vikings should offer Vick 25 million a year

  15. By mrsmiff on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Favre used to be mobile… I remember him rushing for a td in the Superbowl. Why can’t he just run sometimes?

  16. By mrsmiff on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Chillidog is still coach for the same reason Jared Allen, McKinnie and Favre are still starting. Zygi paid them too much.

  17. By mrsmiff on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Only in Favre’s case, he’s worth it. Taking a beating every game, playing behind this strawhouse of an o-line, no healthy receiving corp, and he is still out there trying to win. If only his teammates had his heart…

  18. By rich on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    hey but think of the cheerleaders thier good :-)

  19. By rich on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    how many of you all get to go to the games

  20. By Conner on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Just put it together for 60 minutes. We can beat the Packers with a strong “Team Effort.” I’m a Viking through and through, but I have to admire how the Packers win with 60 minute efforts. THey are one of the youngest teams in the league. A win Sunday by the purple could be a step toward some respectability.

  21. By Robins on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    We can beat the packers. Just protect Brett, sack Rodgers, don’t let them score, and please catch the ball. Just do it! Defense, show up and play 60 minutes. We know they will go for Brett’s ankle again. Protect him!

  22. By viking/lakers Purple&gold on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    the VIKINGS WIL BEAT GAY BAY!! NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!! 27 17 I TELL THE TRUTH EVEN WHEN LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By Bigfan1 on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    These guys are supposed to be pros at what they do, I’m tired of looking at the Vikings’ website week after week after week of losses and the lame excuses, e.g. we have to fix this or that, but it never gets fixed they keep losing and the coaches are calm as a lake with no wind. If I was a coach Id be livid *&((*& yelling at things that don’t go right. Seems like they’ve been deflated and going through the motions this year. I guess when you get millions it doesn’t matter to some people either way.

  24. By purplehaze on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    said it before, should have traded moss, bb, and a couple of bit players for vick before the trade deadline; ..

  25. By Robins on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    No one knew Vick would improve and be such a magnificent player. It would have been nice to have him. Too late. Good luck guys, win!

  26. By packerfanfirst on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    The ViceQueens have no shot at Vick until after he turns 40. Your team will be face down and butt up in LA next season anyway.

  27. By purplehaze on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    robins vick was good enough in atlanta and hes better now, hes maturing as a qb, its that no one wanted him, but andy r took a chance on him and it’s paying huge dividends; yest we could have had him.

    packfan yes the phillies will franchise him, maybe the vikes could make a play on kolb, the phillies doubtful will keep him next year or beyond..

  28. By purplehaze on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    mmm, not sure the vikes have been cognizant much this year in any of the three phases, and certainly not even remotely consistent even if they were somewhat cognizant. They’re grossly erratic play is beyond logic and reason.

  29. By rocksalt on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    Vick is not the answer……..

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