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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Should Saints blitz Aaron Rodgers?

By Pat Yasinskas

APPLETON, Wis. -- Their top pass-rusher, Will Smith, is suspended for the first two games of the season. The New Orleans Saints will turn to rookie Cameron Jordan and a cast of journeymen at defensive end for Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

So it only makes sense the Saints try to generate more of a pass rush by frequently blitzing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right? Well, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ track record certainly would suggest so. The Saints used five or more pass-rushers a league-high 49.5 percent of the time last season.

That’s according to our friends at ESPN Stats & Information, who also supplied some numbers that Williams might want to curb the blitzing. Rodgers has thrived when facing the blitz.

Over the last three seasons, his 42-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio against the blitz is the best in the league and his 73.4 Total Quarterback Rating is tied for second. Rodgers' completion percentage against the blitz during that span is 63.3, which is fourth in the NFL and he has averaged 8.2 yards per attempt, sixth in the NFL.