Linebacker Desmond Bishop says the Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger by watching video of how not to bring down the Steelers' big quarterback.
The lowlight package put together by Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers featured other teams, but it also could have included the Packers as they work toward their matchup with Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.
“I’m sure it could have lasted longer,” Bishop said of the video. “A lot of guys are going for his pump fakes or not wrapping up fully when they have him.
“It’s just a mental or a subliminal note that when you get your opportunity to get him, you got to hit, you got to wrap up and bring all your technique and all your weight with you, because he’s definitely a big guy to bring down.”
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That’s just the mental aspect, the Packers also remember the physical toll in last year’s matchup.
Green Bay sacked Roethlisberger five times, but missed several other opportunities as Big Ben threw for a career-best 503 yards and three touchdowns in a wild 37-36 victory.
“We had five sacks, but, man, we could have had him down 10 times. He’s tough to tackle,” defensive end Ryan Pickett said. “He’s a good quarterback. And he breaks more tackles than any running back I’ve seen.”
“I counted,” Capers said. “We had five sacks and a chance at five, a legitimate chance at five other sacks. But it was just basically him being Ben, you know, where we missed him or we hit him and came off of him.”
The timely video review was meant to remind the Packers that there are no easy ways to bring a 6-foot-5, 241-pound person to the ground.
Players and coaches say there is a technique for tackling the Steelers quarterback – hit him between his chest and knees, then wrap up and hold on until he goes down or the whistle blows.
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ALOHA, PRO BOWL
When Ray Lewis stepped off the plane from his cross-country flight and was greeted with a lei and an aloha, it finally hit him that he was voted back on the island.
“That’s when you say, ‘OK. I’ve made it again.’ You really appreciate it,” Baltimore’s All-Pro linebacker said. “This is the reward. With the Pro Bowl being here, this is the reward.”
Today’s Pro Bowl marks its return to Hawaii – where it had been since 1980 – after a spending a year in Miami in an experiment by the NFL to combine the All-Star game activities with the Super Bowl.
“This is where everybody wants to go,” said Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzales, making his NFC-leading 11th appearance in the Pro Bowl.
Hawaii is paying $4 million per game to hold the Pro Bowl this year and in 2012, when Indianapolis plays host to the Super Bowl. But the Pro Bowl site hasn’t been determined beyond that.