Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said his defense is looking forward to the challenge of facing of one of the best offenses in the league in Green Bay, led by perhaps the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers.
“I don’t know how we’ll do,” Bradley said. “I don’t know. We’re going to go in there, test our philosophy and see how it works. But they’ll know we’re there.
“We’re going to hit them. We’re going to hustle. We’re going to be ball hawks – we’re going to go for that ball. And our guys are saying, ‘You know what, we’re ready for this challenge. Let’s go see. Let’s go play the game and see what happens.’
“And if there’s things that go wrong, we’ll get them fixed.”
Bradley said his defense really benefitted from former Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn running the scout team offense and giving them a good look, specifically on imitating Rodgers’ ability to extend plays and distort the defense.
“The receivers really work hard for him,” Bradley said. “Sometimes you’ll see receivers on tape and they’ll give up, they stand there or they move a little bit. But these guys go deep and give him a chance to make a big play.
“Some will come back to the ball. Other guys will take off. They’ll extend the game.”
Bradley said the key for his secondary in that situation is what they call plastering the receivers –staying close to them and not falling off to chase after Rodgers.
“We really got to be on our plaster rules, and how we defend that,” Bradley said. “A lot of teams play split safety – two safeties back. We’re predominantly more of a single safety back, so those can be more of an issue.”
Here’s the injury report for Friday.
For Seattle, cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring) and receiver Doug Baldwin (shoulder) did not participate in practice today. Baldwin was a limited participant on Thursday.
Receiver Charly Martin (chest), offensive tackle Russell Okung (knee), tight end Zach Miller (foot) and running back Marshawn Lynch (back) were full participants.
For Green Bay, linebacker Jamari Lattimore (ankle) did not participate in practice.
Receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), cornerback Davon House (shoulder), offensive guard Josh Sitton (knee), running back James Starks (toe), defensive end C.J. Wilson (groin), tight end Tom Crabtree (shoulder), receiver Greg Jennings (groin) and safety Sean Richardson (hamstring) were limited participants.
Linebacker Terrell Manning (concussion) and linebacker Nick Perry (wrist) were full participants.