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Mixing It Up In The Postseason

ESPN is running a feature called 'Player X' where an anonymous NFL 'star' player talks about sports. This week the topic is, surprise, the NFL playoffs. Player X gives 10 lessons on how teams can get through the postseason. It's good stuff, all of it, but I particularly liked #3 Mix It Up:

As far as schemes go, you have to have something new. Everybody's scouted you to death. So if a team has film of you running a certain play in the regular season, show that same look but come with a totally different play off of it. Just don't go crazy and fall in love with the Wildcat. Do what you've always done well and hope that small adjustments are the game-changers.

Case in point: Donald Driver's 90 yard TD in the NFC Championship came on a play that the Packers never ran in the regular season but was based on two other plays that they had run every week. I was always blown away that McCarthy kept that in his back pocket until the second to last week of the NFL season. Really impressive...

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RockinRodgers's picture

Two words. The triple option. Arizona will have no idea what to do.

longtymefan's picture
fish's picture

Rodgers running joke is to get in the background somewhere whenever the team captain photos are taken during the game. The AZ game he had a tissue hanging out of his nose. Good Stuff..

bomdad's picture

Now we can not only try to guess the Capers scheme, but what plays McCarthy has witheld all season. Have we seen any reverses at all?

alfredomartinez's picture

i think i saw a reverse against the bucs but for a loss...

retiredgrampa's picture

In this game, it's more important to know what the Cardinals will do...and that's easy to find out; Just watch the tape of their game againest the Vikings....and you'll know.

bomdad's picture

al, I dont remember that. I was at the game but between the beers and the pain the game was inflicting on me I cant remember.

PACKERS's picture

Mr. Nagler, how do you find these things out?! You took a play that was run two years ago and determined that they had never run the play in the entire previous season. That's dedication.

foundinidaho's picture

ARodg is my kinda guy - a little nutty, a little nerdy. That photo is priceless. I'll have to start watching for them, I read about this running joke in Phil's book.

alfredomartinez's picture

foundinidaho, i guess its his purpose to get into all the capts pixs...i saw a report once on ESPN...pretty funny a question to mr. nagler (and totally off subject) what the hell ever happened to justing harrell?

packsmack's picture

Re: The Rodgers Prank. A collage of all of them...

And his interview on Colledge Experience where he talks about it about 12 minutes in:

jerseypackfan's picture

That is hilarious! Thanks for the link to the collage packsmack. Who knew Rodgers was the Photobomb master?

foundindaho's picture

What do you want to bet he wishes he kicked Judas and Deanna in the ass now? Oh, wait, that's me.

fish's picture

What's also cool is Rodgers unselfishly invites his back up QB to participate in some of the photos. Unlike Judas who didn't acknowledge his backup QB's.

FITZCORE1252's picture


Just got back from a 3 week midwest excursion. Hit the Seattle game... AWESOME.

Anyhew, WE GOT A SHOT! What more can we ask for?



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