Packers doing due diligence on read-option


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.

44 responses to “Packers doing due diligence on read-option

  1. What happens if the Niners and Redskins play a traditional offense against them?…

  2. What the summary doesn’t mention that the article does mention is that the college coaches the article interviewed felt that the pistol formation with the read-option would fade in the NFL for the very reason folks on here have stated – that NFL defenses are going to hit the QB every time and force teams out of it that way.

  3. Having an outside LB that understands contain responsibilities will be a big help. Since we know that won’t be Erik Walden, there is a chance the Packers will have that. I watched Walden blow contain too many times to think he’ll ever learn.

    The read option is not some revolutionary concept. Defending it is not rocket science. It’s about players understanding their responsibilities and making plays.

    Of course, good players helps a lot. If Datone Jones and Nick Perry are the players the Packers think they are, the coaching staff will look a lot smarter even if they don’t change a thing.

  4. I predict that after these first two games, teams aren’t going to be as excited to run the read-option anymore.

  5. Capers has had his day. the packers
    know it but they didnt make the change,.. NOW they are going to pay
    for it. the defensive system is old and they dont have the players to run it. the read option was brought to the NFL just for teams like Greenbay.

  6. And here come the fans of the “also rans” to tell us how great their team is going to be this year and that the Packers are done.

    Just remember, kids. In order t0 be the best, you must first beat the best.

    How about we just wait and see who wins the division (again) before opening your little yappers, okay?

  7. after that display of no defense i would hope so. it looked like the pack went into that game thinking they were going to throw their helmets on the field and walk out with a (W). signed a lifelong packers fan.

  8. The Packers are playing right into the hands of the Niners by forcing the Packers coaching staff to spend all their resources preparing for the read option. The Niners are gonna come out and run a whole different offense week 1 and the Packers will be searching for answers once again. Sorry Packer fans I think you start the season 0-2……..

  9. This is why the Packers will be back to the playoffs again, with (hopefully) better results.

    They identify weakness and try to get better. You can say that all teams do that, but Minnesota still has Ponder, the Lions just blindly draft hoping that they’ll get good draft grades, and the bears hire coaches from the CFL.

    The only team that addressed their main weakness was GB.

  10. That first game is only 6.25% of the season but it’s going to feel much, much, much bigger than that.

    If we can’t beat SF in that game, then we’ll have 3 straight losses to the 49ers and it’s going to begin to feel like the Dallas Cowboys domination in the early Favre years.

    In terms of mental outlook/attitude, the team coming out of that game with a win is going to know they are on the way to a championship-level season.

    So Dom, I’m already holding my breath to see if we can stop Mr. Kaepernick behind the line. The heck of it is, seemed like he could throw too. May the Lord bless your efforts.

  11. The sting of that beatdown the 49ers gave the Packers in the playoffs is hard to forget. I firmly believe that the NFC champion will be decided between the Packers and 49ers for the next few years.. and this can only help the Packers chances. I can’t wait for week 1 at San Francisco to see the results.

  12. Obviously I’m not an expert, but the games I saw I hardly ever saw the QB getting hit. As early as middle school I was always taught to hit the qb on every option play.

  13. LOL LOL the stupidity of the gb team is out of this world.!!!!! Like the 49ers and Redskins are gonna run the read option the whole game. There are other things that gb needs to worry about. For instance stopping two high power run games plus their passing game. Hell both teams just might pass the crap out of gb and run when they have to. Or mix it up by being unpredictable. Also what if gb turns the ball over in their territory move often then they want to . Injuries to key players as a game goes by. Weather conditions could be very wet advantage 49ers and Redskins. Both teams have a better defence then gb has which will create more opportunity for the 49ers and Redskins. So burn that midnight oil gb do your 24/7 dissecting of the read opposition. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT gb IS GONNA LOOK VERY VERY SILLY AFTER THEY ARE 0-2 AFTER WEEK 2.!!!!!

  14. Don’t ever bet against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Don’t ever think that you have an easy game against them. For as the great Vince Lombardi once said:

    “I have been wounded but not yet slain. I shall lie here and bleed awhile. Then I shall rise and fight again. The title of champion may from time to time fall to others more than ourselves. BUT THE HEART, THE SPIRIT, AND THE SOUL OF CHAMPIONS REMAINS IN GREEN BAY”

  15. Although it’s a bit weird to admit that he didn’t prepare his defense for the read option, the key is defensive discipline and players that can tackle. I doubt RGIII will be running too much read option the 2nd game back from reconstructive knee surgery, and the 49ers don’t even need to run that scheme.

  16. Griffin III will never be the same again and Kapernick is one hit away from the same prognosis. Even if the Packers lose that is no indication of what will happen later in the playoffs.

  17. The Packers prepared for smash mouth and got finessed by SF. Totally out-coached.

    But one game does not a team make, and the Packers will do just fine this coming season.

    Nothing to see here folks, keep moving….keep moving.

  18. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jun 11, 2013 10:39 AM

    Maybe they should be trying to figure out how to stop Christian Ponder. He looked pretty good last time he played them, and now he has Jennings and Patterson

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. That was a nice game by Christian (230+ yards, 3TDs, 0 iNTs), but I think AD’s 199 yards and 2 TDs may have played a role as well.

  19. @larrydavid you literally just described what could happen in any football game what did every team do when they played Vick when he was a falcon? watch the niners come out playin two deep safety expecting the pass and get burned by the run cause what are they expecting? it’s called strategy there not gonna be 100% focused on the read option but kaep isn’t a great passer so focus on what he is good at its common sense.and idk how longer looked good against us last year I’m sure AP controlled ball more in one quarter than ponder did the the entire game.

  20. purplepride74 says:Jun 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jun 11, 2013 10:39 AM

    Maybe they should be trying to figure out how to stop Christian Ponder. He looked pretty good last time he played them, and now he has Jennings and Patterson

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. That was a nice game by Christian (230+ yards, 3TDs, 0 iNTs), but I think AD’s 199 yards and 2 TDs may have played a role as well.

    Yeah, but they already figured out how to stop Peterson. Just square up.

  21. Here we go again with Spielman trying to convince himself and anyone who will listen the the Vikings are to be feared. Come and talk to us when you can actually take the division title from us. Talk is pretty cheap. Havent we heard for about 3 years the Packers are on the decline but yet in those 7 games the Vikings managed 1 win, yes folks 1 win. You sound as ridiculous as Rex Ryan has with his predictions.

  22. Okay, but the one win was last year. The other two years the Vikings were 6-10 and 3-13. It’s preposterous to suggest that the Vikings aren’t improving. The Packers went from SB champions to 15-1 and getting blown out in the divisional round to 11-5 and getting blown out in the divisional round. How is that improving?

  23. Typical Packer fan logic. “Well, the Lions went from good to bad, so that guarantees the Vikings will, too!” That kind of thing happens every year. I could use the same “logic” to say that the Packers are going to be terrible this year, because they were good last year. Makes sense? Remember in 2008 when the Packers went from 13-3 to 6-10? You all saw that coming, right?

    Just once I’d love to have a Packer fan offer some reason why the Vikings will be terrible other than “the Lions were bad last year.” In the immortal words of Paul Allen, “this isn’t Detroit!”

  24. By the way, the Lions had their first 10-win season since 1995 in 2011. They had 10 straight losing seasons before the abberation. If you don’t know that’s not the way the Vikings roll, you don’t know anything about the NFL.

  25. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jun 11, 2013 12:34 PM

    Okay, but the one win was last year. The other two years the Vikings were 6-10 and 3-13. It’s preposterous to suggest that the Vikings aren’t improving. The Packers went from SB champions to 15-1 and getting blown out in the divisional round to 11-5 and getting blown out in the divisional round. How is that improving?

    The Viking’s improvement last year was the direct result of AP’s monster year. What are the odds that he’s going to have that kind of year again? Pretty slim I’d say. While I wouldn’t put it past him to do it again, he is almost 30 and his (and the Viking’s) window is closing.

    Ponder would probably be shut out if he faced 8-9 defensive backs every down like Rodgers does. Instead, he faces 3-4 defensive backs maximum – and even those guys are looking for the run – and he still sucks.

  26. Thank you for giving a real reason, jrmbadger. I don’t agree with you, but at least you didn’t mention Detroit. FYI, Peterson is 28. As his performance falls off, guys like Ponder, Rudolph, Patterson, Kalil, Smith, Griffen, Floyd, and Rhodes will get better. They’re building around young players, which should keep the team competitive every year.

    It’s a fallacy that the Vikings’ record was based only on AD’s big year. The first six games, he was ordinary (499 yards, 2 touchdowns) and the team was 4-2. He had 182 at Seattle and 210 at Green Bay and they lost both games. He had 86 against Houston and they won.

    It isn’t a one-man team. They had seven guys in the Pro Bowl and there should have been more. There’s a lot of reason to be optimistic. Packer fans who deny it are delusional and/or scared.

  27. See, Rick, you miss the point as usual.

    Packers fans have been hearing about the Packers being on the decline for a few years. The bears after the Super Bowl year, then the Lions the following year, and now you Viking backers.

    We bring up the lions as a cautionary tale because we don’t want you to get your hopes up, only to be dashed again, for the 52nd time.

    It’s because we care, Rick.

  28. Don’t worry about Rick

    According to him, the Vikings are the only ones who drafted any players this year. All the other 31 teams didn’t draft anyone.

    And even if they did, the other teams all got busts and the Vikings got 3 guaranteed hall of fame kids in the first round.

    Ann the packers did is scramble people around.

    Also, only the Vikings are able to get better as they go from year to year. Nick Perry, Casey Hayward, Sam Shields, and other Packers are screwed because they are physically unable to improve, as they don’t play for the Vikings.

    Have I summed up your typical Viking fan logic, o fan of a substandard team (Rick?)

  29. How are the Vikings anything but dependent on AP for offense??

    Lets look at the Viking passing game.

    Passing Offense: 31st (!!!!)

    Ponder’s stats: 21st in QB rating.
    Completion percentage: 13th, which wouldn’t be so bad, until you consider his average per completion is only 6.8 yards. This is 31st in the league and behind such passing dynamos as Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden, etc…

    ponderthedumpoffking is both a funny username, AND an accurate description.

    23 rd in touchdowns, 17th in interceptions…..

    NOT GOOD when you consider that the Vikings are likely seeing 8-9 man boxes all day with Defenses keyed on Pederson.

    As far as AP goes, study after study has found that as a player approaches 30 – production drops dramatically. One study even pinned the exact age at 28. Now, I understand that AP is a freak of nature so the usual rules don’t apply, but the bottom line is that father time is undefeated and Pederson’s productive days are numbered.

  30. If only the Packers could “follow the lead” of Team Heidi – you know, have a young team that they are developing. Oh, wait a minute…
    I think Lacy and Franklin will bring the Packers’ rushing game closer to Peterson’s level than Ponder or Cassell will ever get the Vikings’ passing game close to Rodgers’ level. And since the Pack’s defense was better than the Vikes’ last year, I wouldn’t be buying Super Bowl tickets just yet if I were (God keep forbidding) a purple person.

  31. I am a Packer fan, but I am a bit put off on Capers ability to adjust in the playoffs.

    In 2009 they got torched late in the season by Pittsburgh and then the Cardinals did the exact same thing to them in the playoffs.

    In 2010, they fared well. However, none of those teams were offensive juggernauts. Philly was probably the best with the depth of offensive weapons, but the Packers had the benefit of playing them with Vick early in the season and they actually managed to maintain rush discipline.

    In 2011, don’t know that was totally the defenses fault. They actually made some tough stops vs. NYG and quite a few of the points were setup by poor offensive play or turnovers.

    2012 was inexcusable. You had 2 prior weeks of needing to learn to maintain edge discipline, and then 1 week of needing to keep a QB in the pocket. It almost felt like they were too used to the offense keeping them afloat.

  32. I really really hate to say this.
    But at Penn State,
    The DC had them tackle the QB on every down he went toward the end …

  33. You didn’t practice much for the hottest trend in the league going into the second round of the playoffs?! Seriously???

  34. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Jun 11, 2013 10:37 AM
    ponderthedumpoffking says:Jun 11, 2013 9:09 AM. The only team that addressed their main weakness was GB.

    Oh, did they get new fans?

    This is actually clever and funny. Even as a Packer fan…one thumbs-up.

  35. The 31st ranked pass offense passed for 230 yards, 3 td’s and 0 interceptions. That was against your packer D jrmbadger! Nice D.

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