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Kaepernick’s big game has Packers heading to college for answers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick runs for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in San Francisco Reuters

After allowing Colin Kaepernick to set a new NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a playoff loss to the 49ers, the Packers know they have to get better at stopping running quarterbacks. And so their coaches are making like Rodney Dangerfield and going back to school.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is sending his defensive staff to Texas A&M to study what makes the read-option offense work and what defenses can do to stop it.

Definitely there’s a lot of conversation about the read option – rightfully so,” McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

McCarthy said the numbers don’t lie, and when the 49ers gained 579 yards against Green Bay’s defense, that told him he needed to find a way to stop quarterbacks who use the read-option.

“Five hundred seventy-nine, that’s a number that will stick in our focus as a defense throughout the offseason. We’re studying the read option, the teams that are doing it in the NFL,” McCarthy said. “We’re even going to the college ranks, we’ll have a couple college coaches come in, spend some time with our staff. Actually, our defensive staff is going to take a trip to Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin is someone I have great respect for and with his ability to share from both the offensive side and the defensive side his experience in the read option. It’s something from an education, preparation standpoint that we will grow as a staff and be better prepared for in the future.”

McCarthy said he had never sent his coaches to learn from a college coach before, but then again his defense had never been shredded by a college-style offense before. And he’s hoping that learning from college coaches will prevent it from happening again.

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  1. rpiotr01 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Fighting last year’s battle. Next time they play the 49ers Harbaugh will probably attack them right between the tackles.

  2. vienners says: Feb 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    I hope he knows the difference between pistol and read option for their sake.

  3. skeebo80 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:43 PM

    Good luck with that defense McCarthy

  4. Cereal says: Feb 22, 2013 6:50 PM

    They could just watch the Super Bowl before the lights went out

  5. enochmh2 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:53 PM

    Assignment football,everyone has to do their job. Holding containment,knowing who gets the running back and qb,defensive backs play your man,not peeping into the back field etc. Thats all the college teams do mike,its nothing complicated

  6. woodsidegil says: Feb 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    Good idea if it works. The problem with studying the read option and trying to defend Kaepernick is that he is also an effective drop back passer. How do you decide which one to defend?

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    Packer coaches had to wait awhile to connect with the Texas coaches, who were out studying pickup sandlot games for tips at the time.

  8. smcgaels1997 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    He didn’t think about this before? WOW

  9. jordanbrad4 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:58 PM

    This is why the Packers are always good. Humble org that is always willing to learn. Get 567 hung on them and you don’t hear players or coaches blaming each other, they just go get it fixed. Nice

  10. crimhollingsworth says: Feb 22, 2013 7:00 PM

    Sounds like McCarthy is, like many fans, hoping there is a “secret” out there for how to defend a qb that is great at running and passing.

  11. packfntk says: Feb 22, 2013 7:02 PM

    I like it. It’s a different approach but it is time to change coaching strategies for this fad.

  12. thehatefulnerd says: Feb 22, 2013 7:05 PM

    How about maintaining outside containment?

  13. PowerMad says: Feb 22, 2013 7:08 PM

    Don’t know why the Packers would do this, they’re not gonna see Kaepernick in the playoffs for a long time while the Green and Gold rebuild. Even then, the Pack isn’t likely to obtain a running game so they’ll throw their second-thought defense out there and try to get their one-dimensional offense of Aaron Rodgers behind a porous O-line to out-score opponents. The strategy will result in mediocre teams that have an outside shot to back into the playoffs and go one-and-done. That is, the next time they make the post-season, which won’t be for a few years.

  14. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Feb 22, 2013 7:08 PM

    This is the exact reason why the read option offenses will plummet drastically and fail in the upcoming year.

    NFL defensive coordinators are just too damn good.

    Year after year, high powered offenses like the Saints, Packers, Patriots and Peyton-led teams must implement new things simply because everything they’ve ever done has been studied to death by opposing defenses. There’s a good reason why Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw 3 touchdowns a game and 6 picks all year like he did in 2011. There’s a good reason Tom Brady and Peyton Manning don’t repeat their career seasons year after year. Defensive coordinators are too good to let that happen.

    This is the NFL. The difference between all the players isn’t athleticism like it is in college and lower levels. It’s scheming and coaching. Why do we see defensive coordinators that “fail” in our mind get jobs so quickly? There’s not just thousands of qualified people out there for such a job. At the moment, there are probably just about 100-200 men out there that could be a defensive coordinator next year. Just like how the Packers are studying the read option, I can guarantee you, Pete Carroll is telling his defensive staff that one of their top objectives is to stop Colin Kaepernick. If they stop him twice and show the other 30 teams how to do it, they will run away with that division and be a title contender. Their ability to stop him will be one of the top determine factors between playoff success and second in their division.

    I’m not saying Colin Kaepernick won’t be successful ever again, but I’m betting on the defensive coordinators. He will severely regress next year from the “superstar” status he earned in the playoffs if he and the 49ers are banking on the read option.

    He must become a pocket passer for them to be successful.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    I swear I thought the caption said “big nose” at first. Not that it would have been off base… but, my mistake.

  16. iamthorny says: Feb 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    That’s wonderful news. Mike McCarthy is fantastic at reactive adjustments when there is no longer the power to prevent what led him to do so in the first place.

    It would’ve been much more forward thinking of him to do this BEFORE they played the Niners, so it wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

    McCarthy’s 20-20 hindsight is appreciated but the truly great ones have the foresight to prevent these things from happening in the first place.

  17. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Feb 22, 2013 7:13 PM

    Shouldn’t that be something you think of BEFORE playing Kaepernick and the 49′ers in the Playoffs?

  18. herkulease says: Feb 22, 2013 7:13 PM

    The packers were hardly shredded by a college style offense. This coming from a Niner fan.

    Other than one big run by Kaepernick which was straight read option, he picked up the bulk of his yard via scrambling out of the pocket when they just left the middle of the field open.

    Even brady could’ve chewed them up at the kind of space they left.

    The packers average in the bottom 3rd of the league in rushing yards per attempt @ 4.5.

    More often than not it was due to over aggressive play that shifted the linebackers up and left them with little help on the 2nd level, allowing runners to pick up chunks.

  19. prmpft says: Feb 22, 2013 7:17 PM

    I have watched football for nearly 1/2 a century…Kaepernick is just another guy…if they could figure out Priest Holmes, Marshall Faulk, or Cam Newton – this guy’s simply next in line…I saw nothing more impressive in him than in any of those guys – here’s my wild speculation – he will not do JACK next year…what will we have to talk about then??? The next 1-2 year rubik’s cube that’s what…geez, he really did not have to be that impressive to beat out alex smith for cryin’ out loud!

  20. padraighansen says: Feb 22, 2013 7:23 PM

    McCarthy is a hell of a coach, and The Packers a hell of an organization….and this is a good example of why they continue to be. They got whipped by San Francisco, and rather than cry about it, or dismiss it, they’ll use it as a learning opportunity and get better from it. More teams should follow their lead.

  21. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 22, 2013 7:29 PM

    We laugh at Kaepernick and his family

  22. judsonjr says: Feb 22, 2013 7:31 PM

    1. Have discipline on the edge
    2. Don’t play man to man
    3. Hope you don’t have to play two 3rd/4th string LBs in a playoff game
    4. When you have a lead don’t turn the ball over inside the other team’s 10.
    5. Don’t abandon a successful 1st half running game to make sure you get Randall Cobb “involved”
    6. When you are down 14 at midfield with 8 minutes left, you need to go for it on 4th down. Punting is saying, “I give up”.

  23. dannygrimes says: Feb 22, 2013 7:32 PM

    Keap threw for 10,000 yards and ran for 4000 more in college. Not sure they really know how to stop him either.

  24. beedubyatoo says: Feb 22, 2013 7:36 PM

    Unusual for me, I’m at a loss for words.

  25. getyourownname says: Feb 22, 2013 7:38 PM

    So in exchange, is the Pack agreeing to a home and home series with the Aggies?

  26. docboss says: Feb 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    This is why packers will be a top franchise for years to come.

  27. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 22, 2013 7:46 PM

    Honestly, how do you not know that was coming before that game started? Donald driver said he was playing scout team that week of practice and said the packer defense wasn’t worried about the read option since they stopped joe Webb the week before.

    FAIL.

    but atleast they are acknowledging the failiure instead of saying some crap like we need to make more plays.

  28. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 22, 2013 7:51 PM

    The story here isn’t Kaepernick or the read option or the pistol. After the opening day loss to the Niners, Packer DT BJ Raji said “We really didn’t prepare to stop their passing game.”

    After the historic playoff loss at Candlestick, Charles Woodson said “we didn’t prepare a whole lot for the read option.”

    That tells you all you need to know about Mike McCarthy the coach.

    If I were a cheese head I’d be screaming for this guy’s head. The Pack doesn’t scare anyone

  29. 52lightsxout52 says: Feb 22, 2013 7:52 PM

    Whatever. It’s not only Green Bay, its pretty much the rest of the league that got sideswiped by the read-option. Green Bay just had it happen on a national stage. Defenses will adjust over time and it will go back to being the college level gimmick it always was…

  30. leatherface2012 says: Feb 22, 2013 7:54 PM

    maybe if gb had a qb that didnt slide all the time they could get further in the playoffs

  31. EJ says: Feb 22, 2013 7:57 PM

    You can’t stop the read option, you can just attempt to contain it some. There is too many things to cover, It confuses LBers to no end and really tires out DB’s. If you have the correct type of Quarterback, the read option can be extremely potent. Having Receivers and Tight-ends that can block well makes a huge difference too. I’ve always wondered why more NFL teams didn’t run that type of offense much. Reason being: Most of the past QB’s have been pocket passers. Only now has the league started to really pursue Quarterbacks that can run as well as they pass. QB’s like RGIII, Vick, Kaepernick, Wilson, Pryor, Jackson and Tebow are more in demand than they would have been 10 years ago. The age of the pure-pocket-passer is slowly working its way out and mobility is the new trend. I think the NFL has turned a huge corner.

  32. 52lightsxout52 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:01 PM

    What people seem to forget is that Kaepernick is just one play away from ending up like RG III. Keep that in mind 49er fans…

  33. jikkle49 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:03 PM

    The issue with guys like RGIII, CK, and Wilson is they all are capable throwers from the pocket and have high QB IQs.

    These guys aren’t Vince Youngs out there who can’t read defenses and just go out there and wing it and hope for good things to happen.

    It’s not impossible to defend but difficult to defense because it comes down finding the balance between committing enough to stop it while committing enough to make sure these guys don’t just drop back and shred you to pieces through the air.

  34. usetabe says: Feb 22, 2013 8:05 PM

    They should bring in Chris Ault, the Nevada Coach who designed the Pistol. He left Nevada, but made it point to say he wasn’t retiring. No one knows the read/option and how to stop it better than this man.

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:15 PM

    I think this is another fine example of the kind of continuous process improvement that has allowed the Packers to win more World Championships (13) than any other NFL franchise.

  36. axespray says: Feb 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    docboss says:
    Feb 22, 2013 7:41 PM
    “This is why packers will be a top franchise for years to come.”
    ——————————
    gerrh! how dare you acknowledge that a team with a franchise qb – great scouting staff – GM that balances the Salary Cap well and drafts a ton of quality players is gonna have longevity …

    How dare you apply logic when evaluating the Packers… You know that you have to be screaming that “Their Window Is Closed (in spite of being an extremely young team).” – or that, “It’s the (insert Rival NFC North Team)’s time now…” …smh.

  37. dwarftosser says: Feb 22, 2013 8:21 PM

    Its a good idea. Another good idea is putting someone faster than AJ Hawk at spy.

  38. mrlynch33 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:29 PM

    So basically what McCarthy is saying is….I need to learn how to do The Triple Lindy?

  39. skittlesareyum says: Feb 22, 2013 8:32 PM

    I know the solution – fire Capers. Oh, and don’t have so many darn injuries again. That hurt a lot too.

  40. steelpalace302 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:46 PM

    My question about this guy is this : He is a rookie and had 99% of his tats in college. How does a college student afford thousands of dollars of ink ? Maybe someone should ask the QB from Ohio state how its done then ask Collin how he got his. No parent I know would spend thousands for a son to get ink. Maybe someone should check into how a college student got that much ink.

  41. mrlynch33 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:52 PM

    usetabe says: Feb 22, 2013 8:05 PM

    They should bring in Chris Ault, the Nevada Coach who designed the Pistol. He left Nevada, but made it point to say he wasn’t retiring. No one knows the read/option and how to stop it better than this man.
    ——
    The problem here is that:
    1) Ault already has instructed 49ers on the pistol
    2) Where did Kaepernick go to college?
    3) There is a reason he is talking to a coach besides Ault

  42. countyk66ers says: Feb 22, 2013 8:55 PM

    Ask SpongeBob how to stop Squidward.

  43. dirtydrew says: Feb 22, 2013 8:55 PM

    In your face Packers. Go 49ers!

  44. bubbasmithguy says: Feb 22, 2013 8:59 PM

    Maybe it just has to do with the fact that the packers defense is aweful and the refs aren’t giving them every call anymore. After they whined like a couple of school girls after the Seahawks game.

  45. bert1913 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:00 PM

    special defensive schemes do not stop the run option. what you need are 2 really good db’s that can play man to man, then you can have 8 men in the box.

  46. 49ersandshivabowl says: Feb 22, 2013 9:06 PM

    It’s pretty funny reading the ignoramus’ who post when they think that Kaepernick is just a run & read QB who can throw from time to time. Get a clue. The kid has a an *accurate* cannon that is complimented by great running. He doesn’t care if he has to pass because he does it very, very well. Ask the Pats, Bears, Cards, Falcons and, yes, the Ravens (albeit after the lights went out) too.

    But….then again…ignorance is bliss for some.

  47. mrpolarbear99 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:13 PM

    Kap is going to be huge next year. Go watch the NFC Championship game. How many plays did CK7 actually run? Like two plays in each game. The rest was straight drop-back and throw it deep… and accurate. Pretty difficult to stop when you have a good run game. Not impossible to stop, but for the idiots that keep calling it a gimmick offense that will be figured out…keep dreamin’..

  48. southpaw79 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:14 PM

    52lightsxout52 says:
    Feb 22, 2013 8:01 PM
    What people seem to forget is that Kaepernick is just one play away from ending up like RG III. Keep that in mind 49er fans…

    Kaepernick was also one play away from winning the superbowl….. and both Brady and P. Manning are one play away from losing another season due to an injury they sustain while in the pocket.

  49. boondocksaint224 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:28 PM

    thehatefulnerd took the words right out of my mouth. You shouldn’t need a college coach to tell you that your outside rushers tried to run past the tackles on every play, giving a MASSIVE rushing lane to Kaepernick on either side of the line.

  50. whatjusthapped says: Feb 22, 2013 9:29 PM

    It can’t hurt but I would think finding replacement linebackers faster than AJ Hawk and an outside linebacker that understands his assignments better than Eric Walden might yield immediate results. An old Vince Lombardi quote, ” You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken $hit” seems to apply here.

  51. ravenmuscle says: Feb 22, 2013 9:30 PM

    Haloti Ngata figured out how to stop the read option…he broke RGIII’s leg in half

    That’s what will happen to Kaepernick next year.

  52. rg3sus says: Feb 22, 2013 9:37 PM

    I love the whole “he’s one hit away from turning out like rg3″. Well guess what, so is every other player in the league. In the case of rg3 he learned to get out of bounds. That hit from Ngata was just unfortunate. He slid, but his knee hyper extended. I don’t think just because a qb is mobile that he’s going to get hurt that much more often.

  53. marvin49 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:43 PM

    You guys are funny. All you peeps talking about the “gimmick” offense or say Kaep is “just another guy” are completely missing the boat here. So many people attribute Kaeps success to the Read Option when in fact he hardly ran it at all until the Packers game. That’s why they didn’t spend that much time learning to defend it.

    Kaep was 5-2 as a starter and averaged 8.3 yards per attempt in the PASSING game. That led the league among starters. He was the most accurate downfield passer in the NFL last year. He completed 84% of his passes attempts between 21-30 yards.

    Over 100 of his rush yards against the Pack came on scrambles, not designed runs. Where the Read Option was really effective was with the RBs, especially vs Atlanta.

    Anyone who writes of Kaep…or Wilson or RGIII for that matter as gimmick QBs clearly didn’t watch them play too often. These guys are all great PASSERS. THAT I’d why they have been so effective.

  54. mattblairfan59 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:51 PM

    Perhaps McCarthy could sign some players who weren’t afraid to tackle! Need proof? Watch the regular season finale against the Vikings. On at least two plays, you can easily see Packer DB’s put their arms out towards Adrian Petersen, only to stop and let him run by them. I laughed at the replay as I watched these clowns chase Petersen from a good 10 yards behind – they tried to make it look like they were busting their butts to catch him, when they could have made the tackle in the backfield if they weren’t so chicken. And to the guy who said that they stopped Joe Webb in the playoff game… had the Vikings Off. coordinator actually stuck to what was working in the first quarter – THE READ OPTION, they may have continued to shred the Packers Defense. For some reason, they tried to make Webb a pocket passer the rest of the game – made no sense!

  55. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    Packers will win the Super Bowl next year. NFCteams don’t make it twice in a row, and there isn’t another NFC team on the same level as the Packers and Niners.

  56. vincelombardisghost says: Feb 22, 2013 10:02 PM

    Before RG3 got hurt, I wrote on this site he was one knee injury from becoming an injured QB. Same prediction for Kaepernick and any other running signal caller. Running QB’s are eventually going to suffer an injury.

  57. giants56 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:05 PM

    How do you stop the read option and the pistol? Simply, POUND the QB everytime he doesn’t drop back to pass. If he is running the option or the pistol the gloves come off. The QB is now a running back not a QB. Let the beating begin!

  58. bowmanj35 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:09 PM

    you can figure out all the numbers you want, ill give you 2. 59 and 93. Walden and Jones, guys who can’t play outside contain assignments. packers need to stop trying to get by with low draft or undrafted guys that have physical skills but no brains or discipline.

  59. officialgame says: Feb 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    Memo coach. Try getting better defensive players.

  60. kgs69 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    I wonder if they will send their defensive staff elsewhere in an effort to ATTEMPT and stop Adrian Peterson also.

  61. contraisloosebuthole says: Feb 22, 2013 10:18 PM

    The easiest way is to tackle him at the knees. Hit him every time he touches the ball and designated himself as a possible runner.

  62. 69jaredallen69 says: Feb 22, 2013 11:15 PM

    Packer fans amuse me…when should we tell them that other teams have done this for years

  63. usmutts says: Feb 22, 2013 11:32 PM

    To slow down any new offensive scheme, don’t forget the draft. Some college defenders have already been coached well on how to defend it and many of them are gifted enough to play in the NFL and teams are looking right now at guys who have had success in college defending the read option. NFL defensive coaches not only need to learn how to scheme it but also acquire personnel who can execute it.

  64. contra74 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:16 AM

    So when are you going to figure out how to stop a RB like Peterson from dropping 200 yards on you twice a season? What college will teach you that? Just admit the whole D from coaches on down is flat out horrible.

  65. shlort says: Feb 23, 2013 1:38 AM

    Wow, what a shocker! Teams are going to work on defending the option? What a great idea! LOL

    Of course teams are going to work on something to limit the success of any effective offensive scheme. That is precisely why teams are constantly changing on offense. Other teams figure it out!

    That is why I laugh to myself every time some clown says “The Pistol (in other words, the option) is the Future of the NFL!!!!” Um, no, it isn’t. It is a fad with very little to improve on. It is what it is, and it can’t me changed enough to trick any team that knows how to defend against it. Once it is cracked, it is done.

    Anyway, good on McCarthy for sstating the obvious. What was he supposed to do? Say “We aren’t going to worry about a system that can beat us if we stick to the current defensive scheme”?

  66. goldrush36 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:44 AM

    Kaepernick had 5 total runs against Atlanta and Baltimore. Four of them were scrambles not even plays from the pistol. Yet the end result was in the ballpark of 900 yds of offense. All without a legitimate #2 WR. there is a bigger problem out there than the pistol/read option and that is the fact that Kaepernick can sling it. The same can be said for Wilson and RG3 but Kaepernick and Wilson also pick their runs wisely. RG3 is more reckless and that field is terrible. That is why he is hurt, not simply because he runs. To further break it down combined Seattle and SF only ran from the pistol/RO a total of 1.9% of their offensive plays. Too much credit is being given to the formation. Well at least when it comes to CK and RW that is. You need to find a way to contain it but these guys are gonna get loose sometimes or they are gonna beat you through the air unless you play 100% disciplined defense. Much easier said than done

  67. slick3 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:58 AM

    iamthorny says: Feb 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    That’s wonderful news. Mike McCarthy is fantastic at reactive adjustments when there is no longer the power to prevent what led him to do so in the first place.

    It would’ve been much more forward thinking of him to do this BEFORE they played the Niners, so it wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

    McCarthy’s 20-20 hindsight is appreciated but the truly great ones have the foresight to prevent these things from happening in the first place.
    ————————————————————-

    That’s Andy Reid-type thinking. But the Chiefs think they got a good one. Oh well…

  68. sourdoughsam says: Feb 23, 2013 2:00 AM

    I’ve coached option football at the high school level for the past 6 years. The goal is to test the defense’s discipline and then take an advantage of an extra double-team gained when the unblocked defender plays his option responsibility.

    Capers loves to mix up the blitzes, but you have to be more vanilla in your calls to contain an option team. And in order to be effective in a base defense, it comes down to having good players with the proper preparation and discipline.

    Baltimore was effective against San Francisco early on because they have a front strong enough to handle the double teams. Eventually that wore on them, though, and the line wasn’t able to get pressure while the LB’s weren’t able to handle the middle of the field. Sending the house on that last play was a brilliant call by the Ravens, while the Niners should have had a blitz-beater ready – even if it was a multiple read pattern with a single route as a checkdown against man coverage.

    Back to the point, though – I like that McCarthy isn’t just sitting back and blaming his players or throwing his coaches under the bus. He’s improving his coaching staff the right way. Now he just needs his GM to do his part and get him a better defensive front.

  69. allday38 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:11 AM

    Watch the 49ers last game against Seattle, start there.

  70. dirtyharry44 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:29 AM

    Heck I could tell you how to stop this offense. Make sure your DE’s and OLB’s stay home. Time and time again, the Pack didn’t do this and BAM, there’s another 25 yard gain. It was comical to watch. STAY HOME!!!!!

  71. tangysizzl says: Feb 23, 2013 6:08 AM

    I guess McCarthy is willing to test the ol adage that “You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks”.

    I have to agree with the forsight/hindsight comment though, it would have been wise to think about this before playing the 9ers in the playoffs. Mike does tend to wait until things are panifully obvious to everyone else before making adjustments to things that aren’t working. How else can you explain him allowing Rodgers to get sacked 8 times by Seattle before halftime?

    While your out in the college ranks why not look for a run game coordinator, a new offensive line coach and a new strength and conditioning staff. This guy talks an awful lot about accountability but these units consistantly underperform and someone needs to answer for that.

    When your QB leads the league in sacks taken and your running games scares exactly no one, maybe its time to make some kind of change in that department.

  72. larrydavid7000 says: Feb 23, 2013 6:51 AM

    @power mad. Their doing this because they play The NFC East DIVISION CHAMPIONS NEXT YEAR YOU jag. Educate yourself before opening your mouth.!!!!!!!

  73. jjthesportsguy says: Feb 23, 2013 7:34 AM

    Maybe having an outside linebacker better than Erik Walden opposite Clay Matthews would help. Still shaking my head watching them run the read his way EVERY SINGLE TIME!

  74. mikey77750 says: Feb 23, 2013 8:12 AM

    “Don’t know why the Packers would do this, they’re not gonna see Kaepernick in the playoffs for a long time while the Green and Gold rebuild. Even then, the Pack isn’t likely to obtain a running game so they’ll throw their second-thought defense out there and try to get their one-dimensional offense of Aaron Rodgers behind a porous O-line to out-score opponents. The strategy will result in mediocre teams that have an outside shot to back into the playoffs and go one-and-done. That is, the next time they make the post-season, which won’t be for a few years.”

    Ummm, they play the 49ers in the regular season next year, that is why they are doing it. And you think a team with a quarterback that has the greatest statistical output of any quarterback over a two year period in the history of football is going to rebuild? You think they won’t be in the playoffs? They are Super Bowl contenders for year’s to come.

  75. wegogreenbay says: Feb 23, 2013 9:12 AM

    Sizzler needs to draft some speed at LB and more athletic D-lineman. I’m tired of an all fat guy D-line.

    All the Packers hate makes me tingle, tingle with excitement, keep piling on!

  76. Gravy says: Feb 23, 2013 9:13 AM

    The Pack will fix the D. The big question is when will they hire an O-line coach who can improve the O-line to at least average?

    If you watch the Whiner game again, look at where #21 was going. I love Woodson and am sorry to see him go. But he resorted to gambling to make up the step he lost.

    An average O-line and a disciplined D and we win #14 next year.

  77. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 23, 2013 10:19 AM

    I predict the read-option offense will go theway of the wildcat, once DE develop schemes for it.

  78. foosball11 says: Feb 23, 2013 10:38 AM

    dirtydrew says: Feb 22, 2013 8:55 PM

    In your face Packers. Go 49ers!
    ——————————————————-
    SB loss still tastes bad, eh?

  79. timegambit says: Feb 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    Don’t go to any colleges around green bay. They only offer degree’s in Roofing, Dog Walking and How To Talk Your Cousin Into Loving You.

    They used to offer a local favorite, How To Dig Up Old Titles That Are Meaningless And Include Them With Real Title’s and Hey, Look, I Own Part Of The Team! But the coal plant shut down and oxygen returned to the city.

  80. majikwen says: Feb 23, 2013 10:59 AM

    it’s easy CUT ERIK WALDEN !!!! Walden followed the RB every time, even in the picture for this article you see Walden following the RB, not even checking to see if Kaepernick kept it. Cut Capers also if he couldn’t see this and correct it. I was screaming every time for Walden to take the QB.

  81. macdaddyspeed says: Feb 23, 2013 11:25 AM

    It was a catch

  82. hor2012 says: Feb 23, 2013 11:50 AM

    It’s real simple. And, I don’t know why defensive coaches aren’t doing it. When you play a team that is going to run the read option from the spread you play nickle as your base defense. You spy the QB with a DB and you must, and I do mean it’s a must that you stop the inside run. Believe it or not you want the QB to keep the ball on the read. The key is to treat him like a RB when you catch him. It’s alright if he gets ten yards but you’d better make damn sure you punish him after the run. Now, I don’t think going to A&M is going to help much because they really didn’t run the much read. Jhonny football improvised a lot on plays that were designed to be base passing plays. And, CK didn’t really beat them with his arm that day he did it with his legs. They’d probably be better served going to Nevada and talking with their coach.

  83. hor2012 says: Feb 23, 2013 11:59 AM

    majikwen

    The packers had the right concept. In any option concept you want the QB to keep the ball. Eric was probably assigned to the RB. If that’s his assignment then he’s suppose to ignore the QB. I promise you as a rule, unless you’re strickly a option team the QB running with the football shouldn’t get you beat. The issue was that there was no support when Ck kept the ball. The packers game plan was sound that day. The execution was another issue.

  84. 13xworldchamps says: Feb 23, 2013 12:32 PM

    Frett not Packer fans, we need to get better at two positions on Defense, Desmond Bishop will be back, and Woodson (God Bless Him I loved him as a Packer) who lost more than a step is gone…… Hawk simply has to be replaced with a youger Faster guy. The 49ers Scheme was to attack Hawk and Woodson. We had 5 rookies or 2nd year players on Defense…Kapernick had two runs that really hurt, other than that it was a tied game late in the third quarter….Coaches now have tape on Kapernick, we will see how he does

  85. packfanssuck says: Feb 23, 2013 12:53 PM

    They didn’t whine or cry or point fingers?…are you kidding?…how quickly we forget, all they did was whine

  86. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 23, 2013 1:22 PM

    contra74 says:
    Feb 23, 2013 12:16 AM
    So when are you going to figure out how to stop a RB like Peterson from dropping 200 yards on you twice a season? What college will teach you that? Just admit the whole D from coaches on down is flat out horrible.

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    This is a fantastic point. And yet, the Packers beat the Vikings more than they lost to them, proving that the Vikings–from coaches on down–are flat out horrible.

  87. shlort says: Feb 23, 2013 2:23 PM

    majikwen says:Feb 23, 2013 10:59 AM

    it’s easy CUT ERIK WALDEN !!!! Walden followed the RB every time, even in the picture for this article you see Walden following the RB, not even checking to see if Kaepernick kept it. Cut Capers also if he couldn’t see this and correct it. I was screaming every time for Walden to take the QB.
    _________________________________

    I get your frustration with Walden, but maybe his assignment was the RB?

    When I see this system run in college ball, it seems like everyone has a guy to hit and they hit them whether they have the ball or not. That is why it isnt all that successful in college. The Line engages blockers and the LBs and safetys plug the holes and hit whoever is coming through it. That is how the option is stopped.

  88. shlort says: Feb 23, 2013 2:25 PM

    packfanssuck says:Feb 23, 2013 12:53 PM

    They didn’t whine or cry or point fingers?…are you kidding?…how quickly we forget, all they did was whine
    _______________________

    LOL, you hate the Packers so much you create whining in your own mind. I am assuming you are a fan of one of the other NFC North teams? Or maybe some team that GB always seems to ahve the number of come playoff time? Whatever the case may be, worry about your team not sucking and leave the winning to the Packers.

  89. shlort says: Feb 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    timegambit says:Feb 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    Don’t go to any colleges around green bay. They only offer degree’s in Roofing, Dog Walking and How To Talk Your Cousin Into Loving You.

    They used to offer a local favorite, How To Dig Up Old Titles That Are Meaningless And Include Them With Real Title’s and Hey, Look, I Own Part Of The Team! But the coal plant shut down and oxygen returned to the city.
    _______________________________

    All that from a moron who has never even been in Wisconsin, let alone GB. LOL It is obvious you have never been there because you have no clue. Where are you from? I bet I can list 10 times the BS about your town. :-)

  90. shlort says: Feb 23, 2013 2:31 PM

    Kapernick is an average passer. I know why people think he is way above average. The system there opens up passing. If the QB might run, it opens the field up behind the LBs and Safetys because they stay short to stop a run and recievers get open behind them. That is where Kapernick makes his passing stats. Kapernick isnt as good a passer as Alex Smith. Before you all go crazy and say “Look at his stats” read what I said about running QBs opening up the field.

    If Kaepernick had to stay in the pocket and the D knew he wouldnt run, he would be Trent Dilfer.

  91. larrydavid7000 says: Feb 23, 2013 3:49 PM

    @all packer fans. wwwwwwwhhhhhaaaaaa.wwwwwhhhhhaaaa.wwwwwhhhhaaaaa.!!!!!!!!! Want some whine and cheese as well. wwwwwwwhhhhhhaaaaaa

  92. deltaoracle says: Feb 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    Actually Contra the Packers started to “figure out” Peterson when they got back one of their best DL against the run (CJ Wilson). When they have their best LB against the run back (Bishop) they will “figure him out” even better. And his big days don’t really count for much anyway when Mini loses two out of three.

  93. linemanguy74 says: Feb 23, 2013 5:42 PM

    Might help if you get some people that aren’t soft and do not mind tackling

  94. lambeaufieldwest says: Feb 26, 2013 1:16 AM

    Congrats on your SB, SF. Oh, wait.

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