Discussion Board
Welcome Guest! You can login or register. Login or Register.

Options
Go to last post Go to first unread
walleye  
#1 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 6:38:26 PM(UTC)
The Vikings have their new hired gun, and the Packers have their old reliable.

One of the more intriguing one-on-one matchups for Monday night's season opener between Minnesota and Green Bay will take place in quarterback Aaron Rodgers' blind spot. That's where the Vikings' key offseason acquisition, defensive end and pass rusher extraordinaire Jared Allen, will battle snap after snap against the Packers' Pro Bowl veteran left tackle, Chad Clifton.

With the Vikings determined to pressure and rattle Rodgers as much as possible in his first NFL start, a hefty burden, as usual, falls on Clifton to do what he did for Brett Favre's final eight years in Green Bay, and that's keep his quarterback from hearing footsteps behind him.

"They pay us to get in the quartertback's face, to hit him, and hopefully disrupt his timing," Allen said in a conference call with Wisconsin reporters this week. "If we can do that we feel we've got a great chance of winning. Obviously their job is to stop us from doing that, so whoever executes better is going to come out on top."

For Clifton, or any left tackle, facing the opposing team's top pass rusher is a weekly task. This matchup has garnered added attention, though, for two reasons - (1) because Allen comes into Monday night's opener as the reigning NFL sack champion, tallying 15 1/2 last year, and (2) because the Vikings made the Allen trade the talk of the offseason, surrendering a first-round and two third-round draft picks to Kansas City, plus signing Allen to a new contract that makes him the highest paid defensive player in the game.

All the hype doesn't have Clifton approaching the assignment any differently, however. The ninth-year veteran has spent the week getting the necessary rest and treatment for his chronically troubled knees, just like he would any week. And he's not about to do anything out of the ordinary on the field, either, having developed into one of the most consistent, if unsung, mainstays on the Green Bay offensive line.

"Same guy, same footwork, everything you teach," offensive line coach James Campen said. "It doesn't change just because you're going against a premier Pro Bowl guy or a name guy. It wouldn't change for him."

Allen and Clifton have met once before, last season when the Packers beat the Chiefs in Kansas City. Allen was limited to just three tackles and a half-sack in that game.

Allen had come into that week on a roll, racking up six sacks in the previous three contests. He moved around a bit, lining up at right end, left end, and some inside, but he wasn't the ever-present factor he was most of last season, when he posted seven multi-sack games.

"I thought Chad Clifton played well," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "It was a big game down there in Kansas City, tough environment to play, particularly for an offensive line with the crowd noise at Arrowhead Stadium."

This time they'll meet at Lambeau Field, so the crowd noise should be on Clifton's side. But the matchup features two other notable differences as well.

First, Allen has joined what already was a formidable defensive front in Minnesota. Defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams form one of the league's top inside tandems, and third-year defensive end Ray Edwards notched five sacks of his own last season rushing from the other side despite missing the final four games of the year due to a suspension.

Allen said because of the defenders around him, he doesn't anticipate lining up in as many different spots against the Packers this time around. Time will tell if that holds true, but a stronger surrounding cast also could have an impact on where the Packers offer help with an extra tight end or running back as a blocker.

"With Pat and Kevin inside, you can't double-team all of us, and if you do, then there's not that many people out running routes," Allen said. "But we all know it's going to be a challenge.

"Everybody is going to take their turn getting chipped and double-teamed. It's what we do. I'm hoping (a better overall unit) gives me more one-on-one opportunities, which should allow me to have more chances to win."

Advertisement

Second, Allen's target in the pocket this time around isn't a future Hall of Famer but a first-time starter whom Allen hopes won't be as savvy at getting rid of the ball quickly and dodging pressure. Again, time will tell on that, but Allen and his rushing mates clearly want to make Rodgers' night as miserable as they can.

"You never underestimate anybody, but it's on us to disrupt his timing, and we can't allow him to get into a rhythm and make those throws on time," Allen said. "Then hopefully we'll see if he has any Brett Favre-like plays in him.

"I'm going to watch more film this week, and try to get a feel for how they're trying to protect with Aaron back there."

Roadblock No. 1 wears No. 76, and if history is any indication, the Packers aren't likely to give Clifton, or fellow bookend Mark Tauscher at right tackle, much help in pass protection. Early last season, on his way to his first Pro Bowl appearance, Clifton shut out New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and San Diego's Shawne Merriman in head-to-head competition, just doing what he does best.

"It wouldn't matter if it was you or me out there rushing, you have to work your fundamentals and your technique," Campen said. "That's ultimately what's going to win
NodakPaul  
#2 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:21:43 PM(UTC)
Just an FYI - you guys should really post links to the original source and not paste the whole article in here. Most likely, it is copyrighted, and reposting it in its entirety without permission can get you into some legal trouble.

I speak with experience. It has happened at PP.O.
Cheesey  
#3 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:23:12 PM(UTC)
" said: Go to Quoted Post
Just an FYI - you guys should really post links to the original source and not paste the whole article in here. Most likely, it is copyrighted, and reposting it in its entirety without permission can get you into some legal trouble.

I speak with experience. It has happened at PP.O.

(Yeah..........that happened when they tried to quote ME there!!!!)LOLOLOL!!!
Greg C.  
#4 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:31:56 PM(UTC)
This will be quite a test for Clifton and his balky knees. I think he'll do okay. He did well against Allen in last year's game, but Allen still created a lot of havoc by running stunts. That's how he got his half-sack. So the interior O-linemen really need to step up. We can be pretty sure that Clifton and Tauscher will do okay in pass protection.
gbpfan  
#5 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 9:50:20 PM(UTC)
i think what really needs to happen is for arod to hold his own,and not let those guys get to him,the rest will come i really think he will show what he is capable of doing,cliffton will give arod enough time and if need be put lumpkin in that guy can really push guys around
Jacob  
#6 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 11:37:18 PM(UTC)
" said: Go to Quoted Post
Just an FYI - you guys should really post links to the original source and not paste the whole article in here. Most likely, it is copyrighted, and reposting it in its entirety without permission can get you into some legal trouble.

I speak with experience. It has happened at PP.O.


http://packers.com/news/stories/2008/09/05/2/

Here it is if you wanted it
Rss Feed
Users browsing this topic
Guest
Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Notification

Icon
Error

Fan Shout
Zero2Cool (now) : Vince Biegel back on practice field!!
Zero2Cool (6h) : Maybe this little shout has no value if people gonna use it instead of the forum.
Zero2Cool (6h) : He's not writing. He's shouting, and its making the shout kind of without point with the clutter.
buckeyepackfan (11h) : Just like last year at 4-6. The guy is just too funny!
buckeyepackfan (11h) : GOOD news Uffda is already all but writing The Packers off for 2017!
uffda udfa (16h) : Masturbation talk from Barfan? Nothing could make me COME back, quicker.
wpr (17h) : Maybe the shout box needs to take a timeout. People keep using it. ;)
Zero2Cool (17h) : Why do this is in shout? So frustrating. Post in forums. Thanks
Barfarn (17h) : Masterbation will relieve some of that nervous tension!
uffda udfa (19h) : Now, a guy they really liked and have groomed for 3 years is the guy. Tons of toys on O. Let's see how it runs with a great coach, now.
uffda udfa (19h) : The Flynn Patriots game has been used to say that he is. Seneca and Scott showed otherwise.
uffda udfa (19h) : Hundley is going to settle the debate once and for all in whether Mike McCarthy is a great coach, or not.
uffda udfa (19h) : Doesn't speak well to the talent acquired by the org, does it? Easy to say talent is great until Rodgers is gone and you have to see it wit
Porforis (19h) : Could Sam Bradford come into the Packers and post a winning record from here on out? Are there any non-starters in the NFL that could?
Zero2Cool (20h) : Teddy is replaceable. Aaron is not. Vikings have a really good defense. We do not. Understand??
Zero2Cool (20h) : You are wise enough to know the difference. Right?
uffda udfa (21h) : Here's one for you, Z. Vikes lose Teddy B. and go out and aggressively get Bradford. Packers lose 12 and go out and get a UDFA.
uffda udfa (21h) : :) Evans had a pre-draft visit with Packers.
Zero2Cool (21h) : Put it in a topic. My lord why so difficult lol
uffda udfa (21h) : http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/jerod-evans?id=2558099
uffda udfa (21h) : http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/former-virginia-tech-qb-jerod-evans-issues-warning-after-going-undrafted-043017
uffda udfa (21h) : Oh, Jerod Evans formerly of Va Tech is our Hokie QB plan
uffda udfa (21h) : Was previously on Eagles PS
uffda udfa (21h) : Tweeted the below due to huge chip on his shoulder for going undrafted after leaving early.
uffda udfa (21h) : Packers add Jerod Evans to PS. He went undrafted: https://twitter.com/rodfor6_/status/858382534274682884
Smokey (22h) : NO a 6 point favorite to beat the Packers in GB .
Zero2Cool (17-Oct) : Yes!!!!!
Porforis (17-Oct) : "I said that too. Why don't you quote me?? I'm famous!" - Zero2Cool
Zero2Cool (16-Oct) : I said that too. Why don't you quote me?? I'm famous!
uffda udfa (16-Oct) : @ProFootballDoc says Rodgers could return Week 14 at earliest, and surgery speeds up return timeline.
Zero2Cool (16-Oct) : McCarthy dropped a "bullshit" on packers.com stream. No delay apparently lol
Zero2Cool (16-Oct) : @AaronNagler One thing is crystal clear: McCarthy is pissed at the way his team played yesterday.
Smokey (16-Oct) : 2017 Packers are done , time to focus on the 2018 NFL Draft .
Zero2Cool (16-Oct) : Mike McCarthy says Aaron Rodgers "suffered a significant injury". Will require surgery. Potentially season could be over.
Zero2Cool (16-Oct) : McCarthy --Rodgers will have surgery. Potentially season is over.
Please sign in to use Fan Shout
2017 Packers Schedule
Sunday, Sep 10 @ 3:25 PM
SEAHAWKS
Sunday, Sep 17 @ 7:30 PM
at Falcons
Sunday, Sep 24 @ 3:25 PM
BENGALS
Thursday, Sep 28 @ 7:25 PM
BEARS
Sunday, Oct 8 @ 3:25 PM
at Cowboys
Sunday, Oct 15 @ 12:00 PM
at Vikings
Sunday, Oct 22 @ 12:00 PM
SAINTS
Sunday, Oct 29 @ 12:00 AM
- BYE -
Monday, Nov 6 @ 7:30 PM
LIONS
Sunday, Nov 12 @ 12:00 PM
at Bears
Sunday, Nov 19 @ 12:00 PM
RAVENS
Sunday, Nov 26 @ 7:30 PM
at Steelers
Sunday, Dec 3 @ 12:00 PM
BUCCANEERS
Sunday, Dec 10 @ 12:00 PM
at Browns
Sunday, Dec 17 @ 12:00 PM
at Panthers
Saturday, Dec 23 @ 7:30 PM
VIKINGS
Sunday, Dec 31 @ 12:00 PM
at Lions
Think About It
Think About It
Recent Topics
40m / Green Bay Packers Talk / DoddPower

2h / Green Bay Packers Talk / DoddPower

6h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Zero2Cool

22h / Around The NFL / Zero2Cool

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / Smokey

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / gotarace

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / musccy

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / PackFanWithTwins

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / Porforis

17-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

16-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / DoddPower

16-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / Smokey

Headlines