Packers Didn’t Practice Read Option Before Facing 49ers

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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Do you believe this happy horse shit? Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has admitted that his team did not practice against the read option leading up to their playoff debacle against the San Francisco 49ers.

Tyler Dunne has unearthed these nuggets.

A lack of preparation backfired last season at Candlestick Park. Two players said the Packers practiced next to no read-option during the week leading up to the loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers says Green Bay did touch on it but admitted the 49ers ran more of it than they expected.

Ran more of it than they expected? If they didn’t practice it, then that means they expected the 49ers to run no read option. And yet, that’s one of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s strengths.

How could the Packers coaching staff make such an idiotic blunder? How could they think the read option wouldn’t be part of the game plan?

Buffoonery, I tell you!

A lot of people were calling for Capers’ head after the loss and, in light of this admission — this egregious error, a firing would have seemed more than justified.

So rather than be proactive, the Packers have been reactive and have spent much of their offseason studying the read option. The coaching staff has studied the offense with the Texas A&M staff. Capers has also spent time with Wisconsin Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to dissect the offense.

Capers says the Packers will have it figured out next time.

“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 (San Francisco and Washington) 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.”

You totally missed the beginning of this one though, huh Dom?

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25 Comments on "Packers Didn’t Practice Read Option Before Facing 49ers"

  1. Shawn Iltarion

    This whole read-option issue is overblown. The key to that game was Kaepernick scrambling for first downs on 3rd and long.

    I agree that not preparing more for the read-option was idiotic and disturbing, but that isn’t even Capers’ most mind-boggling blunder, which was his decision to repeatedly only rush 4 and drop 7 with no spy to stop Kaepernick from scrambling.

    I think Capers still has a job because the Packers went from 32nd to 11th in the league in defense, and Capers still manages to completely befuddle the Lions and Bears. Unlike many on this site, McCarthy looks at the big picture and isn’t going to fire a guy over one bad playoff game.

    That is fortunate for the Packers since if MM would have canned Capers after the debacle against the Cardinals in 2009, the 2010 run to the Super Bowl likely would never have happened.

    • Harry Houdini

      Look at it this way, the Packers dropped to 32nd under Caper’s watch in 2011 and he still had a job in 2012. Why are we are stuck with this guy. When you look at it, as you did in your post, Capers had one good run in 2010 out of 4 attempts. So, when 3 years are ass and one is good, it is safe to say that the normal for Dom Capers is to sieve out and be unprepared while giving up some sort of record yards in the playoffs…this is unless A-Rod bails him out. One bad playoff game?? Try 3 – not sure if you saw the Cardinals, Giants, and 49ers games of the past few playoff seasons…

      Who gives a flying fuck if he can befuddle the shitty Bears and Lions.. our goal is the superbowl, not to be Michigan or Illinois State Champs. Are you on the Packer’s payroll? Gaywad.

      • Phatgzus

        Since when does 3 years making the playoffs (2 of which we won the division) qualify as ass? 80% of the teams in the NFL would kill for that kind of ass; Hell, J-Lo would kill for that kind of ass.

        BTW, re-imagined corpse of Houdini, how many players were injured for the Packers during those 4 years? Answer me that Mr. Magician.

        • Harry Houdini

          Well, we had half our team on the IR the year we won the super bowl, so let’s not blame injuries, fatty.

          • Phatgzus

            Not blaming injuries Majik Man, just pointing out how impressive it is to make the playoffs that many years in a row while leading the league in injuries during that span. Your point merely reinforces my thesis.

      • Shawn Iltarion

        If you don’t beat the Bears and Lions, you don’t win the division, you don’t make the playoffs in the first effin place. Get it?

        And I would say beating the Bears in 2010 was especially important since we had to beat them to make the playoffs and then beat them again to make the Super Bowl.

        The defense gets too much of the blame for the 2011 loss to the Giants. Except for the worst 40 seconds before halftime in NFL history, the defense didn’t play that poorly of a game. The Giants scored 37 points, but 17 of that was given to them by the Packer offense. So, that is 20 points given up by our defense with 7 of that coming in the last seconds before halftime.

        Anyway, I agree that the ’09 Cardinals game and the ’12 San Fran games are disturbing. And I agree with the sentiment that this is basically a one year deal for Capers. One more defensive debacle and he needs to go.

        • Phatgzus

          Agreed about the D in the Giants and 49ers game, not so much the Cards, as that was what 4, 5 years ago and was a defense very similar to to that of a team that was 6-10 the year prior with many players who are no longer on the team/in the league.

          I think Capers is starting to lose some of his sheen, but I believe the defense’s rise to 11th last year (even with all of the injuries to key players) bought him more than one year.

          • ay hombre

            It just seemed so painfully obvious that the Packers would spy Kaepernick…just like they did successfully with Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl.

            Major fucking blunder by Capers. He is absolutely on thin ice…or at least he better be.

      • Why do people insist in firing people? Like it’s some kind of fix (and the only fix) that at will guarantee success in the next season. At least offer some replacements and why they would be better at the job before demanding someone’s head.

        It’s such a knee-jerk emotional response. Andit makes you sound like a bitch.

  2. E. Wolf

    I used to believe Dom Capers was a defensive genius in 2010. That year our offene stalled and once the kinks were worked out the offense and defense worked in tandem. It was sick.
    Not preparing for the read option, particularly since that is the only thing that Vikings were successful in doing, is malfeasance of the worst sort.
    Maybe Dom will atone forthis but right now I am against retainng him.

  3. Mike

    Perhaps arrogance played a part in this loss? D. Capers is definitely a wild card at times. That whole defensive game (minus the Sam Shields play) was questionable at best. Let’s hope he gets his act together this year!!

  4. David

    Genius… that’s old and tired. Waiting for someone to catch Dom walking around with “Read Option for Dummies” this preseason.

  5. Harry Houdini

    Still trying to wrap my head around the idea that they didn’t know the 49ers ran the read option with Kaepernick or deemed it not important enough to practice. Dom is just going wait out this “fad” and doesn’t mind pissing away a few of A-Rod’s prime years in the process.

    What’s even shittier, is that to stop the read option, you have to be able to put a hit on the QB. Does the NFL even allow players to hit the QB anymore?

    • ay hombre

      When that QB becomes a runner…absolutely. My question is this…If the QB is doing the read/option, isn’t he fair game to be destroyed every time whether he has the ball or not? If you carry out a ball fake effectively, shouldn’t the defenders think you have the ball?

      If someone runs the read option just headhunt the QB on every down until they deem it a bad idea.

      “If the manager won’t tell you what you want to know…cut one of his fingers off. The little one. Then tell him his thumb’s next. After that he’ll tell you if he wears ladies underwear.”

      • Phatgzus

        Agreed, if I were a LB or DL, every time I had a choice between hitting the RB or the QB I would choose to bury the QB every time.

        “If you get a customer, or an employee, who thinks he’s Charles Bronson, take the butt of your gun and smash their nose in. Everybody jumps. He falls down screaming, blood squirts out of his nose, nobody says fucking shit after that.”

  6. tedtomato

    All i know is if i see that no tackling pussy shit from tramon..ill fire that dipshit myself..anyone else notice him getting benched for….Jarett Bush late in the game? I hope they start holding these lazy millionaires accountable for their shitty mistakes this year..no more pussy shit! Time to kick some ass and take names!

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