Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/2/11
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The aggressive words of New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on Thursday about making Aaron Rodgers pay if he scrambles in Sunday's game had reached the Green Bay locker room by Friday morning. And, well, they were not met with a simple shrug. "He just put a lot of weight on his players," Packers tight end Jermichael Finley said in a one-on-one interview. "As a player right now, that ain't cool from a coach." The Giants gave up 49 points to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football earlier this week and now rank 26th in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 24th in rushing yards allowed. While Fewell's intentions may have been to motivate his own players to avoid a similarly disappointing performance on defense, it may end up working against him. "Things like that fire me up when you hear a defensive coordinator (talk) like that," Finley said. "You've got to let the players play. You'll just be sitting over there calling the plays. It fires a team up when your opponent starts moving their gums." With Rodgers and the Packers' top-ranked scoring offense flying into New York this weekend with a chance to give the Giants their fourth straight loss and drop their record to 6-6, Fewell took to the media in an attempt reverse his team's fortunes. "We have to get after his ass," Fewell said about Rodgers on Thursday to New York reporters. "If we do that and he scrambles, then that is the price he is going to have to pay because we are going to hit him." Rodgers has been sacked 27 times this season and does have a tendency to try to make plays with his legs if receivers aren't open downfield or he is pressured in the backfield. He is fifth among quarterbacks this season in rushing yards with 175. New York has had a good season getting to quarterbacks, ranking seventh in the NFL with 31 sacks. But the Giants still allow the 27th-most points in the league at 25.2 per game. "It's all in being the hype man," Finley said about Fewell's comments. "They sent the defensive coordinator and pushed him out there to hype his players up. That's what he did, I guarantee you. "Everybody says it's a dangerous game for us, but we don't worry about the wounds that they're licking at this time of year. We don't worry about the Giants. It's about the Packers." Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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