Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
With the Miami Dolphins about to go up against a very powerful Green Bay Packers offense, defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle will have his work cut out for him in coming up with a gameplan to stymie their offense.
“I’ve got to be honest with you, they’ve executed very well. Last week, obviously, they got the run game going, which was big, hadn’t been going up until last week, so that’s a big part of their offense." Coyle said. "This is the type of team that you cannot give them any plays, in other words, I guess that sounds simple, but you have to make them earn every yard."
Of all the players not named Aaron Rodgers, Coyle seems especially concerned with wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who has quickly become Rodgers' go-to receiver.
“You’ve got to be very aware of where number 87 is at all times. Honestly, you look at the one against Minnesota, there are multiple ones from last year when you go back and we’ve gone through every tape from last season as well as this season. Generally, there is an error on the play and it’s hard to explain sometimes, you can say well how could they let him run down the field uncovered, but it’s happened and hopefully we’re not going to allow that to happen."
Coyle will need to come up with a plan that neutralizes Nelson and forces Rodgers to find other areas to throw to. Perhaps pinning Pro Bowl corner Brent Grimes would be sufficient, but then again, they are facing Aaron Rodgers, and he has a tendency to make something out of nothing.
"You’ve got to be able to slow down, contain their run game and then get him (Aaron Rodgers) into situations where you have a chance to try to mix it up against them and do some things against the passing game. The scary thing is that when they’re hitting on all cylinders, they’re an up-tempo team that gets a group out on the field. They’re not overly fast, but yet their tempo is very good and, when he gets in rhythm, he’s scary.”
With any luck at all, the Dolphins will be able to take away Rodgers' regular gameplan and force him to improvise, it will take the entire team firing on all cylinders to stop arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, but it is definitely not an insurmountable task.