In the NFL there has always been a heavy emphasis on game-planning. All great coaches over time have been praised by fans for having the ability to think outside the box, to be creative and, most importantly, to put their players in a position to succeed.
When facing certain opponents however, even the NFL's best coaches will come up short. Walter Payton was unstoppable no matter how many guys were in the box. Jerry Rice caught passes no matter who was lined up across from him.
Amazing players have a way of destroying game plans.
No matter how much time a coach or coordinator spends focusing on a specific player during the week, come game day, if that player is too big, too fast, too strong or too good, all that practice time won't mean a damn thing.
In 2011, there are players all across the league whom we consider dominant. Experts say that Calvin Johnson can't be denied in the end zone and that no matter how hard you try to keep the ball away from Troy Polamalu, he will always figure out a way to make a big play.
And you know what? The experts are right—that's just the way things are in the NFL.
Let's analyze 20 players who you just can't game-plan for, with a heavy focus on offense, but with a few defenders and a special teamer sprinkled in (re: greatest return man in NFL history).