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There’s no doubt that there’s been a push over the last year for teams to begin running unconventional offenses. Players like Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have led that charge, but Packers linebacker Clay Matthews may have the solution for defenses. “One of the things that the referees have told us is that when these quarterbacks carry out the fakes, they lose their right as a quarterback, a pocket-passing quarterback, the protection of a quarterback,” Matthews said via NFL.com. “So with that, you do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they're too important to their offense. ... So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.” This is nothing new, and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has already put it out there that Matthews’ approach sounds a lot like “targeting a specific player,” but the fact is hitting players works. How do you stop a potent over-the-middle passing game? Hit the...
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