The Huddle: Alex Nord is matched up with Parker Krug. What is the theory behind this pairing?
Mike Whitaker: The theory with this matchup is to put a long, athletic defender on the opponent's best thrower. As opposed to using Nord to contain a downfield cutter, Sockeye uses Nord to make Bravo's best hucker and breaker, Parker, work harder to get the disc and have to contend with a very wide, active mark when trying to throw hucks or breaks if he does get the disc. The basic theory here is to try to take the best thrower out of the game and make someone else beat you.
Andrew Fleming: Sockeye matches Nord up with Parker hoping that a big, quick mark will help contain his strong upfield throws. Because a dynamic thrower can make every cutter more dangerous, the Fish are looking to make the downfield tasks easier by assigning a top defender to guard Parker.