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Eagles’ defense has tough task ahead against Aaron Rodgers

The QB Scho Show #34!

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The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-2 with Aaron Rodgers and the 3-0 Green Bay Packers coming to town. That’s... not great.

It hasn’t been all roses for the transition to Matt LaFleur’s offense in Green Bay, but we’re all smart enough to know that Rodgers can still take over games. That’s bad news for an Eagles defense that’s allowing 26 points a game.

On The QB Scho Show #34, we dive into the Eagles’ upcoming enemy quarterback as always, which means this week it’s Rodger that gets the Scho Show treatment. Below are some quotes from Mark Schofield as we broke down Rodgers and the Packers offense...

On Green Bay’s recent schematic struggles…

“Mike McCarthy was an offensive innovator when he came to the league. He was using shotgun more than anybody. He was using motion more than anybody. He stayed the same, the rest of the league sort of passed him by. He was using motion I think on 30% of snaps when he came into the league, which was unheard of when he was doing it… He was rigid in what he wanted to do, that played into a lot of Aaron Rodgers’ decline over the past couple of years.”

On Matt LaFleur’s early scripting vs. in-game play-calling…

“The past two weeks they’ve started extremely well. Their first drive against Minnesota in Week 2 was an absolute thing of schematic beauty… And you saw it again early in this game in Week 3…

But it seems like they sort of get off script, and this was a knock on [Matt Nagy] last year was once he got off the scripted fifteen, then it’s hard to be that play-caller that like sets plays up and strings plays together… When you have to start doing it on the fly that’s when it gets tough and that’s an adjustment LaFleur needs to make and I think that’s where part of that frustration with Rodgers is coming in during Week 3.”

If that trend holds, the Packers could jump on the Eagles early and then taper off, which sounds familiar considering the situations the Eagles have found themselves in over the past couple years.

Overall, we might not view Rodgers as the best quarterback in the league like some executives and coaches, but he’s still capable of an incredibly level of play. As he gets more familiar and more in tune with LaFleur (and vice versa), he should start to flash what made many consider him to be a top two quarterback in the league.

You can hear more analysis on The QB Scho Show #34, including this snippet below about a concept that could give Jim Schwartz’s coverage deployments fits...

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