I talked with defensive coordinator Bob Gregory the other night about the challenge of defending Arizona’s offense. Here’s some of what he had to say:
On what Arizona’s offense presents
I think overall they have the best group of receivers. They spread you out, which we’ve struggled with a little bit. They kind of have two offenses. They have the spread, one-back deal and four wide receivers, then they get into two tight ends, power football. They keep you off balance a little bit by having two different offenses. You’re usually one or the other. These guys do a good job of doing both.
On Arizona quarterback Nick Foles
He’s very efficient. Every guy we’ve faced is very efficient. He does a good job. They’ve not fallen off without (Willie) Tuitama, who was a good player.
On Foles’ ability to get rid of the ball quickly
It’s very hard. We’ve seen people bring six guys and not even come close to him because he gets it off so fast. You have to play the game a little bit and try to keep him off balance. It’s a tough deal.