Green Bay Packers: Can the Packers' Blitzing Scheme Rattle Big Ben?
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has found great success with his creative, sometimes unconventional blitzing schemes that have helped his team finish towards the top of the league rankings in sacks while constantly harassing opposing quarterbacks.
The Packers will be hoping that their best pass rushing performances are ahead of them as they head into Super Bowl XLV with the goal of knocking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of his comfort zone by hitting him early and often.
Green Bay's most well-known quarterback predators are linebacker Clay Matthews and nose tackle B.J. Raji, both of whom have made their presences strongly felt during the postseason. But Green Bay doesn't rely on just these two prolific rushers to generate quarterback pressure.
Cornerback Charles Woodson has morphed into something of a sort of corner/linebacker hybrid, as he often comes off the edge with pressure and has become more of a backfield disruptor than he ever was in his days in Oakland as one of the league's best cover corners.
Capers is not afraid to dial a blitz up from anywhere on his defense, as the Packers are often shifting formations and re-aligning their defensive structure right at the line of scrimmage.
Considering the Steelers will be trotting out a largely untested reserve center in Doug Legursky, it could be a big issue for Pittsburgh to actually protect Big Ben. Roethlisberger is as tough as they come at quarterback, as he's played through breaking his nose this year and can generally take more of a beating than many other passers in the game.
I think it plays into the Packers' favor, though, if they are able to wear Roethlisberger down by hitting him early on. Yes he can make plays out of the pocket, but the more of a beating he takes, the less likely he'll be to elude tacklers and break off surprising runs of positive yardage.
Bringing Clay Matthews or a safety up the middle on blitzes could overwhelm Legursky and play right into the Packers' hands. I think it's a strategy Green Bay will go to early, and if it works, it could be a long evening for the Steelers' offense.
For more on what to expect from Super Bowl XLV, check out Super Bowl Predictions: 20 Things You Can Expect To See On Super Bowl Sunday.
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