Eagles exotic blitzes might be key to game : Packers Insider

Eagles exotic blitzes might be key to game

September 10, 2010 by  
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Sept 11, 2010 ~ by Jason Wilde

~The Green Bay Packers’ offensive line meeting room was not a fun place to be during the first half of last season. 

The Eagles, whose second-year defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott, is a disciple of the late Jim Johnson and will likely dial up plenty of blitzes Sunday.

Having allowed their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, to be sacked an astronomical 37 times in the first eight game — en route to an NFL-high 50 sacks for the season —  the members of the unit knew that it was largely their fault. And they were embarrassed.

“Knowing what that felt like and the criticism – which were all just and correct – (they endured),” offensive line coach James Campen said Thursday, “they don’t want to go back to that.”

So as the starting five – left tackle Chad Clifton, left guard Daryn Colledge, center Scott Wells, right guard Josh Sitton and right tackle Mark Tauscher – get ready for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, they do so with not so fond memories of how last season began.

“There’s been an added emphasis this offseason for sure,” Wells said. “We don’t want to start the way we did last year.

“Really, we played basically two different types of offense. The first half of the year was not very good and the second half was a lot better. So we want to go out from the get-go and play better than we did in the second half of last year. We want to build on that, and move forward and improve at the same time.”

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