Super Bowl Frenzy: 45 Ways To Win Super Bowl XLV, Ways IX-XII
By Jay Sorgi
Next game: February 6th at Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh
MILWAUKEE - With the 45th edition of the biggest sporting event in the world - well, America at least, and the Green Bay Packers playing in it for the first time in 13 seasons, it's a reality that most people connected to this organization - and almost everyone on the team - have never played in this game.
So perhaps some tips are in order to help the team.
Nearly every day until kickoff of Super Bowl XLV, we'll give you part of our list of 45 ways for the Packers to win the biggest of big games.
IX: Focus on the little details
For example: on an outside run play, does Pittsburgh right guard Ramon Foster have his right leg a little farther outside his shoulder than normal when he goes into his stance before the snap?
Or, does Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor tend to jam the line of scrimmage when the team runs a blitz from a certain formation, but fall farther back from the line when they don't blitz from that same formation?
Those are the little clues you can find out with extra time.
Additionally, the Steelers can find the same thing about you. You can do the self study to make sure you don't tip the Steelers off.
X: Big strategic advantages can be overcome with more preparation.
This goes along the lines of what we just described, but it's obvious that Pittsburgh is, for example, one of the best teams in football defensively.
They're also one of the best when it comes to quarterback play in clutch situations.
Many teams in Super Bowl history have taken advantage of the bye week to get those added little details that can counteract a team's strength.
See, for example, the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI when they beat the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams were by far the more talented team, especially on offense.
However, head coach and defensive genius Bill Belichick used his time wisely and created a game plan that destroyed that offense, helping the Pats upset the Rams to win that Super Bowl.
Dom Capers, you can do that to counteract Ben Roethlisberger and what he'll throw at you.
Mike McCarthy and the offense, you had better do the same for what Dick LeBeau will send your way.
XI: Get the running backs involved in the short passing game, but know where you're throwing to.
Brandon Jackson and James Starks are not Jim Brown and Walter Payton.
We all know that.
But in the West Coast offense, the running backs can become big weapons in the passing game.
If you can get running backs clear on plays where linebackers or d-backs blitz, there's lots of YAC available.
Use them. They've been effective. They can help tone down the use of that blitz, and they can make Pittsburgh cover more than just your wideouts.
That might break a play wide open for Jennings, Driver and company later on if they have to focus more on the backs in the passing game.
Just be careful. Blitzers in the PIttsburgh scheme will come from all over, and Troy Polamalu could show up at anytime to pick you off.