NINEster wrote:This is all logical defensive strategy but Rodgers did manage to get a hail mary TD against the Cardinals in the playoffs who blitzed him.
And also that 4th down conversion earlier in that drive deep in his own end zone.
I have two points to make about this.
1. The blitz did disrupt the play and the ONLY reason it's a completion is that the right defensive end is literally tackled, allowing Rodgers to break outside contain just long enough to heave it. Since its the packers i guess you have to expect a no call, but a great coach would massage the refs during a time out and tell them holding is holding. I mean this end gets literally grabbed and thrown down WWE style.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_fjE1B6VcZE
2. As i mention in OP, the blitz should come from corners disguised as press coverage on the outside. The cards did a pretty nice blitz themselves, but it was backers speed rushing straight down the middle. All it takes in this scenario is for contain to get lost and there's the time Rodgers needs. But put a speedy defender rushing from that outside mixed with a blitzing backer, and you got six at the line with five deep.
Edit. Also, what is the point of the defenders, DBs, playing like ten yards off and back peddling with the receivers?. If they catch a medium range pass all the deep defenders can converge. I still say three defenders at the five and two in the end zone would stop anything. You have to be putting those defenders at a disadvantage right off the bat having them back peddling and then turning like that.