Jets Must Apply Pressure On Aaron Rodgers

The NFL schedulers were not kind to the Jets. After giving them a gift in week one when they faced a rookie quarterback making his first career NFL start, the Jets now embark on perhaps the toughest part of their schedule.

In their next six games, the Jets will face six Pro Bowl quarterbacks. Up first is perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers.

At his post practice press conference today Jets head coach Rex Ryan, was asked to pinpoint one attribute that makes playing against Rodgers so difficult.

“I really can’t say one thing because he’s got an arm that (can) make throws every spot on the field. Said Ryan, “He’s got great movement skills. A lot of times with great quarterbacks, a lot of guys can do one or the other. They can run really well or they can sit back…well this kid combines accuracy with escapability and I think that’s what separates him from most quarterbacks in the league.”

When you couple that with the Jets unproven secondary, on paper, the game against Green Bay seems to have bad news written all over it.

But the Packers have a huge weakness, which just happens to be the Jets strength. Their offensive line is a work in progress while the Jets boast what may be the best defensive line in the NFL as Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged during a conference call with the media today.

“I’m really impressed with the Jets’ defense.” Said McCarthy, “I think the depth, the size and what they have up front and schematically with what they challenge you with. It’s an excellent defense and it’s something we’re obviously spending a lot of time on.”

How do you make up for a weakness at cornerback? You play to your strength by putting pressure on Aaron Rodgers.

Against Seattle last week, the Packers, who started rookie Corey Linsley at center were beaten down by Seattle’s front seven. Seattle sacked Rodgers three times and hit him four including a strip sack by Seahawk defensive end Michael Bennett that resulted in a safety for Seattle.

It is possible that the Packers could be down another offensive lineman after right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the Packers season opener with a left sprained MCL. If Buluga doesn’t play his backup, Derek Sherrod, struggled mightily against the Seattle front four and would struggle even more with Ryan’s complicated and exotic defensive scheme.

Seattle primarily rushed four defenders and still created a ton of pressure on Rodgers. Say what you will about Ryan’s offensive coaching attributes but he is a defensive genius. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and Ryan will throw Green Bay exotic looks and blitzes that should result in tremendous pressure on Aaron Rodgers.

As All-Pro defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson stated, facing the Packers shouldn’t be a challenge -- unless they don’t execute their assignments.

“It’s not tough at all, we got to execute our assignments and execute the game plan.”

The formula for victory this week is simple, get consistent pressure on Aaron Rodgers.


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