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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Rodgers: Difficult to copy Seattle D

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Like everyone else, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watched the Seattle Seahawks' defense dominate the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XVLIII.

Given the copy-cat nature of the NFL, it's worth wondering if the Packers -- and other teams -- will try to emulate what Seahawks general manager John Schneider did with his defense. He found tall cornerbacks, hard-hitting safeties, a defensive line that can pass rush without the aid of many blitzes and linebackers who can run.

Rodgers, who studies defenses for a living, isn't sure that anyone will be able to replicate what the Seahawks do.

While acknowledging the Packers need to make improvements on both sides of the ball, including to their 25th-ranked defense from a year ago, Rodgers did not sound like he expected the Packers to resemble the Seahawks' defense any time soon.

"With all due respect, I don't think it's possible to play at that kind of level for many other teams in this league, if any," Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN 540 Milwaukee radio show. "That's a talented group that's one of the top that's been around the league for a long time. I don't think that should be our goal.

"We do need to improve on both sides of the ball, but that team has a unique mixture of secondary talent that's as good a group in the league as you can see and then a front seven that really plays well together. It should maybe be the standards we're going for, but it might be a little unrealistic to think of any defense being as good as that for the next couple years."

Among the topics Rodgers addressed on his final radio show of the season were: