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Packers preparing for 49ers to use Colin Kaepernick in the Wildcat

Colin Kaepernick, Brooks Reed AP

Tim Tebow isn’t the only backup quarterback who might come in to run the ball on Sunday.

The 49ers showed some looks with backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick running the ball in a variation of the Wildcat offense during the preseason, and as the Packers prepare to face the 49ers on Sunday, they say they’re preparing to see Kaepernick in some of the same read option looks he ran in college at Nevada, where he was the only player in major college football history to have more than 10,000 passing yards and more than 4,000 rushing yards.

It’s definitely something different,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s something that you have to prepare for. It’s like any other scheme. You have to put your time in. We feel fortunate that we have extra time to prepare for the 49ers. We’re confident that with all of our adjustments we’re ready to go.”

Whether the 49ers end up using Kaepernick or not, the fact that they have him available forces the Packers (and future opponents) to devote some time to preparing for him. That makes him a valuable asset as a backup quarterback.

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  1. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:04 AM

    Whoah hoh, what a twist!!!

  2. tennis22drew says: Sep 7, 2012 11:04 AM

    The Kaeper

  3. match25 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:05 AM

    It’s not the Wildcat. It’s a handful of read option plays that Kaepernick ran in college. Apparently Roman (SF’s OC) ran some of it with Luck at Stanford too, so the staff is familiar with it. It’s not the Wildcat though. I hate how that word is thrown around so much to describe anything with a running QB.

    Michael David Smith: You are technically correct, but words change meanings over time, and “Wildcat” has come to be used as a catchall for an offense in which a quarterback or running back takes a shotgun snap and has the option to run or pass.

  4. jjm7000 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:09 AM

    Excited to see this kid get a chance in certain packages, and hopefully next year as a starter. Kid has loads of potential, and could be the extra kick that this team needs to take their otherwise amazing team all the way.

  5. sixjak says: Sep 7, 2012 11:09 AM

    Should be a great game!

  6. dbones750 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:12 AM

    Dear Niners and Jets : You got 2 QBs, you really got 0 QBs…

  7. garonm says: Sep 7, 2012 11:12 AM

    Harbaugh keeps everything so close to the chest and they really didn’t show anything in the preseason as far as the “new” weapons go. I think we pound the ball and try to keep it out of Rodger’s hands. I would like to see them open it up, but you just never know.

  8. cali49er707 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:14 AM

    Keep’em guessing!!

    Except this ain’t Tebow’s Wildcat because, Kaepernick is faster & can throw with accuracy!!

    They also are having to prepare for the wide variation of formations that Harbaugh is genius for!!

    Sunday can’t come soon enough!!!! GO 9ERS!!!!

  9. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:18 AM

    That’s odd, I thought all the experts like Merill Hoge and Stephen A Smith said that offense would never work in the NFL. If it doesnt work, I guess the Packers don’t need to prepare for it…..

  10. purpleguy says: Sep 7, 2012 11:22 AM

    The entertaining part of this game will be watching the Packers offense against the 49ers defense — two of the best units in the NFL. However, it will probably be more entertaining to watch reruns of Who’s The Boss than watch the lousy Pack defense go up against the mediocre 49ers offense.

  11. cardiovascularendurance says: Sep 7, 2012 11:23 AM

    dbones- not a fan of a team in either the NFC West or AFC East, but you cannot compare the QBs of the Jets and Niners. The Niner’s are better by miles.

  12. baymac408 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:28 AM

    Dbones your an idiot for comparing us to jets! We got 2 good going to get way better quarterbacks, not gimmicks like the jets.. Pretty boy and a wannaba running back church boy. Jets don’t compare and Colin is much more then just a running quarterback. Tho he is sick at scrambling.. He is the future!! And our future is super bowls

  13. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 7, 2012 11:28 AM

    they already prepare by playing the bears twice a year. bears have always thrown reverses and gimmick plays out there every single game to try to hide the fact their offense is boring and predictable.

  14. kleppnasty says: Sep 7, 2012 11:29 AM

    Dear dbones750: Every team has 2 QBs, where in this article does it state that the 9ers said they are starting two QBs. Your little cliche only applies for teams that use two starting QBs (ie Florida Gators with Tebow and Leak.)

    This is GB preparing for the possibility of a back up QB coming in for a handful of gimmick plays. It doesn’t mean that Alex Smith isn’t THE QB for the team, it just means that he’ll be facing a defense that is less prepared for the basic offense than other teams b/c of the threat of the gimmick. (That’s a good thing)

  15. mikeinsanfran says: Sep 7, 2012 11:30 AM

    Can we just call it what it is: “The Read Option”. I’m sick of the stupid name “wildcat”.

  16. mikeinsanfran says: Sep 7, 2012 11:33 AM

    BTW – Kaepernick runs this with LaMichael James next to him. You may have wanted to mention that since LaMike is probably one of the best Read Option running backs in college history to go with Kaepernick who statistically was the best read option QB in college history.

  17. garonm says: Sep 7, 2012 11:37 AM

    quote: “The entertaining part of this game will be watching the Packers offense against the 49ers defense — two of the best units in the NFL.”

    Sadly, the 49ers defense is a stop the run first defense (in a dominant passing league). If you look at our secondary, we were in the middle of the pack. We are a swarm to the ball type of defense and usually don’t get burned deep, but the Packers will score on us, we have to score back!

  18. judalation says: Sep 7, 2012 11:44 AM

    I hope the 49ers save that package for when they face the Jets and Tim Tebow and crush them by 30 points…

  19. mvp43 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:46 AM

    Don’t forget about Moss either………although he’s not what he used to be, he can still get downfield and as far as I know, he hasn’t shrunk. Should be a great game…….

  20. ty4lyfe says: Sep 7, 2012 12:03 PM

    So let me get this straight… Because Kaepernick is a QB who can run we’re automatically going to run the “wildcat”?

    Have you forgotten Alex Smith can run also? Does this mean we’re running the wildcat full-time?

    I guess since Aaron Rodgers average 4.3 yards per carry last season the Packers will be running the wildcat also.

    Look out Packers & Niner fans. Michael has shown us whats this matchup on Sunday will really be. Wildcat vs. Wildcat.

    Come to thing of it, all those other teams with a mobile QB will be running the Wildcat also. The highlights are going to be very boring this weekend.

  21. heyguru1969 says: Sep 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    mikeinsanfran says:
    Sep 7, 2012 11:30 AM
    Can we just call it what it is: “The Read Option”. I’m sick of the stupid name “wildcat”.

    COMPROMISE: Let’s call it The Read Option for almost everyone in the NFL, and the Can’t Read Option for those who recently went to North Carolina and “attended classes” with Julius Peppers and his cohorts. Just calling it what it is like mikeinsanfran!

  22. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    For those of you complaining about definitions, let me remind you that “Wildcat” is nothing more than a limited number of plays of the “Single Wing” offense that were run back in the 30′s and 40′s.

    Yes, some purist cringe when the deep back is not called the fullback because he is fully back and the up back is not called the “halfback”.

    Everything has been done on a football field before. Just because some coach calls it something else and blog writers are dumb enough to call it new or innovative doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done before.

    Tattoo boy (Kaepernick) is just another young QB who hasn’t been injured yet in the NFL. Thus he thinks he can run. Tattoo boy, if he ever gets into a meaningful game, will learn soon enough. So far he hasn’t shown more than Jim Druckenmiller ever did.

  23. Canned Heat says: Sep 7, 2012 12:53 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Sep 7, 2012 11:22 AM
    The entertaining part of this game will be watching the Packers offense against the 49ers defense — two of the best units in the NFL. However, it will probably be more entertaining to watch reruns of Who’s The Boss than watch the lousy Pack defense go up against the mediocre 49ers offense.
    ___________________________________

    1) The Packers D will be vastly improved this year…and they led the league in turnover ratio in 2011. The only reason they got that far down in the rankings in points against and in yards given up was because the offense could hardly be stopped and the D was on the field 75% of the time.
    2) For a guy whose team may be sitting with a big goose egg in the win column by year’s end, I would expect you to turn on some old reruns rather than watch what maybe the best game all year. It’s not like you have a clue at what good football looks like anyway. Let’s rehash this bad defense talk come April, when your boys are drafting in the top 3 or 4 picks for some help. Congrats on finally getting indoor plumbing and a satellite dish to work over there too….crowning achievements.

  24. fullsharkalligator says: Sep 7, 2012 1:20 PM

    “Wildcat” has come to be used as a catchall for an offense in which a quarterback or running back takes a shotgun snap and has the option to run or pass.”

    Sorry but this is just completely bogus. Own up to your mistake.

  25. smchristensen says: Sep 7, 2012 1:33 PM

    Dang I wish this game was being played around week 8.

  26. bla bla bla says: Sep 7, 2012 2:02 PM

    Let’s all start calling it “bologna sandwich” and see how long it takes to show up in the media.

  27. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Sep 7, 2012 2:22 PM

    Man!!! There are WAY too many fans on here calling an NFL team, “we,” “us,” saying “our defense.” Do you play on the team? If not, knock it off, “you” are irritating. If you like my car and are a fan of my car, do you say to people, “Look at our car, isn’t it cool? We love to drive it. We need to wash and wax it today.” I don’t see you chipping in for gas money!

  28. apm says: Sep 7, 2012 2:34 PM

    Wolfcat?

  29. bubba9er says: Sep 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    Before we award Kaep the starting position for the foreseeable future, let’s see how Alex Smith does with NFL receivers this year.

  30. goldrush36 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:23 PM

    @ canned heat. No they didn’t. They had the most turnovers, not the best ratio

  31. contra74 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says:Sep 7, 2012 2:22 PM

    Man!!! There are WAY too many fans on here calling an NFL team, “we,” “us,” saying “our defense.” Do you play on the team? If not, knock it off, “you” are irritating. If you like my car and are a fan of my car, do you say to people, “Look at our car, isn’t it cool? We love to drive it. We need to wash and wax it today.” I don’t see you chipping in for gas money!
    —-
    This must be your first brush with packer fans. They are notorious for including themselves with team actions. Pssst…spoiler alert…some of them even bought “stock” which they believe gives them the ability to call themselves partial team owners.

  32. mwatts1 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    It’s amazing how many 49er fans there are now. The Weather must be very “FAIR” in SF.

  33. ty49er4life says: Sep 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    Dbones 750 you are a moron!!! To compare Tim tebow to kap is apples and oranges. Kap can throw unlike tebow. He has a top 5 ARM as far as ARM str.ength and keeps developing his accuracy and overall ability as he matures in the league. Next year or 2 when he becomes the starter the league better watch out cuz the kid will be a great throwing QB with the ability to run and run well (hence the 78yd TD run in preseason) And with the rest of the offense only getting better and the best defense the niners will win a ring within the next 5 years. COUNT ON IT!!!

  34. ninerfan94954 says: Sep 7, 2012 4:00 PM

    I just hope that while Colin and LaMicheal are “reading” that they are not leveled by a linebacker who read.

  35. deltaoracle says: Sep 7, 2012 4:13 PM

    Far more worried about the 49er defense and Vernon Davis than I am about any special K play. McCarthy isn’t exactly lacking in the offensive wrinkles department either, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has something new for the 9ers, especially involving Randall Cobb. I wish the Pack was opening against one of the teams the other NFC North guys get on Sunday, but this should be quite a game.

  36. dbones750 says: Sep 7, 2012 4:45 PM

    Lol, cuz this dude had a neat run in the pre-season, you niners fans think he’s a SB bound QB? Gotta love that spirit.

    I know a guy who can throw the ball and run with it named Mike Vick. He must have tons of rings….oh wait…

  37. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 7, 2012 6:16 PM

    @mikeinsanfran
    ….BTW – Kaepernick runs this with LaMichael James next to him. You may have wanted to mention that since LaMike is probably one of the best Read Option running backs in college history to go with Kaepernick who statistically was the best read option QB in college history……

    Apparently you were too young to remember Nebraskas of the 80s and Tom Osburne!!! Bc if you did you would have made that stupid comment!

  38. xface says: Sep 7, 2012 6:51 PM

    You got 2 QBs, you really got 0 QBs unless you got Joe Montana and Steve Young. CK will be the best quarterback of the 2011 Draft, just watch. He is getting the Aaron Rodger treatment.

  39. briank1ne says: Sep 7, 2012 7:28 PM

    Lol the kaeper is gonna come in. Everyone is gonna think he’s gonna run but he’s gonna throw a bomb down the left sideline to moss! Actually. Noone knows what harbs has up his sleeve yet. I love it. Best of luck to both teams but… Go niners!!!

  40. 4ever9er says: Sep 7, 2012 7:53 PM

    @tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe…
    We (FANS of any team) will include ouselves with the teams we support whenever and however we want. We don’t have to play on the field, we support them by paying for tickets to the stadiums, purchasing gear to wear, and buying products from the commercials when we watch on TV , so if we say WE, US or OUR it’s our right and if it bothers you so much don’t read it!

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