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Defenses that have not had a body directly in front of the pocket when Rodgers looks to deliver his throws have been torched repeatedly either with open throwing or scramble lanes. Most four-man rushes stay evenly distributed with two rushers on each side of center, but this typically leaves a hole somewhere over the ball for Rodgers to take off when the coverage clears.
The following example shows an initially balanced defensive line with a linebacker fronting the pocket to close that escape route. But when that linebacker's coverage removes him from the box and all four rushers work up the field, that's the soft spot Rodgers so often takes for huge chunks of freebie yards (below).