Arizona Cardinals’ DC Horton: Rodgers presents a challenge

Nov 3, 2012, 9:14 PM | Updated: 9:14 pm

The Cardinals hit the road this weekend to face the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday. The past four weeks have been challenging and this week won’t get any easier when the defense has to plan for one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Aaron Rodgers.

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton was asked about what makes Rodgers so good but he thinks that’s too long of a list to go through.

“Ok, an easier answer is what doesn’t he do well and I could say nothing and stop there.”

Horton emphasized that in his opinion, Rodgers is the best young quarterback in the game and there isn’t much Rodgers can’t do.

“He does everything extremely well,” Horton said. “He’s mobile, he’s accurate, he’s got a strong arm, he’s a leader, he understands how to get tempo, flow, the touch on the back-shoulder fade. He doesn’t do anything wrong or bad.”

Rodgers currently ranks second in the league with a passer rating of 107.9, only behind Peyton Manning for the Denver Broncos. Rodgers has thrown 21 touchdowns this year and just four interceptions.

The Packers like to put the ball in the air and they do it often. They’re seventh in the league in team passing offense, averaging 255 yards per game.

“They like to throw the ball everywhere. They throw the ball, that’s what they do,” Horton said. “They’ve got the MVP of the league a year ago. It’s not just a prospect of whether they’re going to throw the ball some, they throw the ball a lot. We expect them to put the ball in number 12’s hand and be ready for that.”

Kerry Rhodes, Adrian Wilson, Patrick Peterson, William Gay and maybe Greg Toler if he’s healthy, will be busy but it’s not just on the players to perform.

Horton feels he has a huge responsibility to put his guys in a position to succeed.

“When you watch all their films, you can’t be one dimensional,” Horton said. “I’ve got to do a great job of calling a great game to help the guys keep Aaron Rodgers off balance.”

The last time these two teams met in a game that had some significance was January 10th, 2010 in the playoffs. The Cardinals came away with a 51-45 win but Aaron Rodgers threw for 423 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the loss. That game was well before Horton’s time here in Arizona but he’s hoping to replicate the end result on Sunday.

Life Changer Loans

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati B...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner: Arizona standouts aplenty in win over Bengals

Arizona Sports' Cardinals reporter Tyler Drake and 98.7 FM's Erik Ruby give their top standouts in the team's 36-23 win over the Bengals.
8 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, talks with quarterback Kyler Murray during the ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury ‘impressed’ with Kyler Murray’s play-calling

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury handed over play-calling duties to QB Kyler Murray in the team's 36-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
1 day ago
(Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)...
Tyler Drake

Victor Dimukeje, Trace McSorley pace Arizona Cardinals in rout of Bengals

Arizona Cardinals OLB Victor Dimukeje and QB Trace McSorley made the most of their opportunities in Friday's win over the Bengals.
8 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley looks for a receiver during the team's NFL football pr...
Kellan Olson

Trace McSorley throws TD in 1st preseason drive, Cardinals beat Bengals

The Arizona Cardinals' first series of the preseason was a positive one and they never looked back from there to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
1 day ago
Greg Dortch #83 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a catch while being tackled by Bookie Radley-Hiles #...
Kellan Olson

Greg Dortch keeps making plays for Cardinals with great grab, long return

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Greg Dortch has made big catches all camp long and he kept it going in his first preseason game this year.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Baccellia (82) pulls in a pass for a touchdown in front of Ci...
Kellan Olson

Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Baccellia ruled out due to ankle injury

Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Baccellia will not return in Thursday's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals due to an ankle injury.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals’ DC Horton: Rodgers presents a challenge