Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
One of the keys to the game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers will be whether or not the Miami Dolphins defensive line can get pressure on Aaron Rodgers and their offensive line. If they are able to, they’ll be able to flush him out of the pocket and disrupt his rhythm.
“We’d like to have 12 or 13 or 14 guys out there covering if we could, because they seem to find the holes, said Kevin Coyle. “The thing about this team, he (Aaron Rodgers) has an uncanny ability to slide and drift in the pocket away from potential pressure and the receivers as a group, in my opinion, do the best job of anybody I’ve seen this year and probably one of the best that I’ve seen over the years of uncovering once the plays break down.”
“A lot of their big plays downfield are not the initial designed play. They could be running a simple slant-flat combination and it’s not open and he drifts and somebody takes off down the field and he’s on one leg, falling down, throws a sidearm completion for 35 yards on the sideline to 87 (Jordy Nelson) who started on the opposite side of the field and ran all the way across. You really see those kinds of plays. I’m not exaggerating. So those are the kinds of things that this guy does and this team can do that really pose unique problems.”
That’s why it will be important for the defensive line to get as much pressure on Rodgers as quickly as possible. If they do so, they’ll be able to throw off the timing on a lot of their plays and help the entire defense at the same time.