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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