Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers struck again with the Hail Mary on Sunday, but if a similar situation arises against on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys claim they’ll be ready.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the story on Cowboys cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr, neither of whom sound overly concerned by Rodgers’ penchant for completing miracle passes. In fact, Carr was willing and able to go over Dallas’ strategy for defending desperate, jump-ball heaves to the end zone in very specific detail.
That shouldn’t come as any surprise; the Cowboys practice defending the play with some frequency.
“Believe it or not, we work on it pretty much every day,” Claiborne said. “Pretty much every day is not too much that goes by in the NFL that we don’t work on. We don’t even have to have been through it or have to learn by mistake or something like that because (Cowboys coach Jason Garrett) does a good job of when it happens to one team, he brings it back up to us the next week, and we’re already working on it.”
It’s sort of impressive to learn that Garrett has that kind of foresight. But that’s also the kind of thing you would expect of coach who’s led his team to a 13-3 record. There’s no question about the Cowboys’ preparation this season.
That being said, talking about defending a Hail Mary pass and actually accomplishing it are two vastly different things. Every defense has more or less the same plan: box out the receivers, get to the ball at its highest point and make sure to direct it someplace away from waiting hands of any offensive player.
The New York Giants tried to do just that on Sunday, and Rodgers still fit one in.