Cosell’s Watching: Once Again, Rodgers Not Sharp

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Green Bay Packers, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, Kansas City Chiefs

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 15 coaching tape: the Packers Offense vs. the Chiefs Defense.

  • Jennings, Starks and Clifton all inactive for the Packers
  • Newhouse again started at LT for the Packers
  • Packers showed the “bone” formation on the game’s 2nd play, The 2 FB backs were actually TE Crabtree and Williams

  • Chiefs utilized dime sub-package v. Packers “11” personnel, When they played man they matched corner Daniels on Finley

    Jermichael Finley running with the football while Travis Daniels tries to stop him (AP)

  • Daniels played nickel slot corner v. “20” personnel, when the Packers had no TE on the field
  • Packers aligned Finley at “x” iso at times, Chiefs matched up with outside corner Flowers or Carr or Daniels
  • Chiefs played significant snaps of man coverage, In some “man free” concepts they had S Lewis matched on Driver inside with Daniels matched on Finley
  • Interesting personnel and matchup for the Chiefs: Against “11” personnel with both Finley and Cobb in the game the Chiefs played dime with the 4th corner Arenas who matched up on Cobb
  • Chiefs also played dime when the Packers went “10” personnel, with 4 WR on the field
  • Jones and Driver played outside more with Jennings out, and they both struggled to win v. man coverage – Loss of Jennings was significant
  • Chiefs played almost no snaps of base 3-4, They played nickel and dime depending on Packers personnel
  • Packers 1st possession of the 3rd quarter they went “Wildcat” with Cobb taking the direct snap, Packers were looking for a spark
  • Rodgers had his worst game of the season re: accuracy, His ball location was an issue – He missed a number of open receivers
  • Driver 2 yd TD came out of 4 WR personnel and Finley, Chiefs matched up with 5 corners; Rookie Brown was the 5th corner and he was matched on Driver in the slot, Driver beat him easily
  • Chiefs clearly game planned match up of corner Daniels (6’1”, almost 200 pounds) on Finley

    Aarod Rodgers runs in for a TD (AP)

  • Perfect storm took place in this game: Jennings out with injury, Chiefs predominant tight man coverage, Rodgers bad game throwing the ball, Injuries on Packers OL, Increase in pass rush pressure as the game progressed
  • Bailey sack and Hali sack in the 4th quarter both were individual wins v. Packers back up OL, Bailey v. LG Dietrich-Smith and Hali v. LT Newhouse
  • Chiefs played more “cover 2” on the Packers final TD drive, Made sense given they had a 19-7 lead
  • Rodgers again was a little tentative with his reads and throws, About the 4th consecutive game in which he was not as sharp mentally as he was earlier in the season
  • Rodgers has not been as disciplined in the pocket in recent weeks as he was earlier in the season
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