Nonetheless, Kiffin has to be considering an all-out assault on Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn on Sunday. That assault has to include blitzing even more than Dallas already does—Wilber is the key to this working or not.
Don’t take too much comfort in the fact that Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sitting this game out. Less than a week ago it was clearly shown that a backup quarterback (Josh McCown) filling in for an opponent’s injured starter (Jay Cutler) means positively nothing when lining up against this year’s Dallas defense.
Well, guess who set Packers franchise records for most passing yards and most touchdown passes in a single game in the 2011 regular season finale for Green Bay?
Flynn, of course.
Granted, Flynn has been tossed around the league a few times since that great game against the Detroit Lions, but mainly because it was discovered that he’s not as great as one game played almost two years ago might have suggested.
Still, this is the Dallas defense we’re talking about, and Oakland Raiders backup passer Matt McGloin had a fantastic first half against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
The solution to these embarrassing performances allowed to rookie, mediocre or journeyman quarterbacks over the last couple of seasons is to get heat on them and collapse the pocket—this will also help against the elite quarterbacks who have simply destroyed the Dallas secondary in 2013.
Well, it’s clear that there’s one more glimmer of hope, at least where getting pressure from the defense is concerned.
That hope is none other than Wilber.
Wilber 2013 stats:
Tackles – 34
Sacks – 2.0
Forced fumbles – 1
Fumble recoveries – 2