Rodgers impressed with smarts on Bears' D

September, 11, 2012
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed to disagree with the sentiment that the defense of the Chicago Bears is simple.

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David Stluka/AP ImagesPackers QB Aaron Rodgers is 7-2 against the Bears, including the playoffs, in his career.
Speaking during a conference call Tuesday with Chicago area media, Rodgers gave his best explanation of what he thinks the Bears are doing defensively.

“I think there’s definitely some disguises,” Rodgers said. “It’s a system where you’ve got some really smart reactive-type players that can make quick reactions based on their instincts and what they’re feeling and seeing.”

Rodgers took the explanation deeper.

“This defense has always been effective when you have guys like (Lance) Briggs and (Brian) Urlacher who’ve been mainstays there, (and) a solid nickel guy who can play in the slot in sub personnel and do a good job of reading run and pass and making plays on the ball,” he said. “I think D.J. Moore has more than proved he can do that.

“When you have corners that do a good job of re-routing and reading pass concepts, that helps as well. Obviously being able to have a four-man pass rush with the kind of guys they bring off the edge and inside has always given them the flexibility to play their Tampa 2 scheme on the back end when they want to.”

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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