The Packers won’t be caught unprepared again.
Even if it means spending a lot of offseason time preparing for what some consider a short-lived fad.
The Packers coaches have spent plenty of time going back to campus to learn how to better defend the read-option, and have shared what they learned at length with players in OTAs.
“Obviously, we have addressed it,” nose tackle B.J. Raji said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I’ll leave it at that.”
Two players said the Packers practiced almost none for the read-option prior to the 49ers using it extensively in the playoffs. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said they worked on it a bit, but obviously they weren’t prepared for the extent to which Colin Kaepernick was going to run it in the 45-31 loss.
So the Packers coaches went to Texas A&M to study. And they worked with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who had to game-plan against Kaepernick when he was in college.
The concern is immediate, because the Packers open with the 49ers again and Robert Griffin III and the Redskins the first two weeks of the season.
“We’re going to do more,” Capers said. “We’re going to do more than we have because we know the first two teams we play run it. There will be a number of teams that have a little element of it in. How much it takes off, I don’t know. It’s like everything else. Things go in cycles. Over 28 years, I’ve seen a lot of cycles in the league.”
And while the read-option might not present a long-term change in offensive philosophy, it might well extend through September.
So the Packers are going to make sure they’re prepared, this time.