Saturday, February 23, 2013
Pack to attend A&M
By AJ Mass
What do you do when your team has been embarrassed on national television by being completely unable to prevent San Francisco 49ers quarterback from moving his team up and down the field at will against your defense? If you're the Green Bay Packers, you go back to school.
Coach Mike McCarthy is sending his coaching staff to Texas A&M in order to get some lessons on how to stop the read-option style of offense that Kaepernick and the 49ers used to near-perfection against his Packers in the post-season. With a trip to San Francisco on the 2013 schedule, along with a visit from Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, it's a very wise move for the team to take whatever steps it can to figure out how to fix a glaring weakness in their otherwise solid defense.
Aaron Rodgers is not going anywhere as quarterback for Green Bay and while he's not above taking the occasional scramble of his own, he's not going to suddenly be running the pistol under center himself. So, if you can't join them, why not learn how to beat them.
Kevin SeifertPackers get creative to defend read-option
"Speaking Friday at the NFL scouting combine, McCarthy revealed the Packers' defensive coaching staff will visit Texas A&M for what amounts to a clinic on how to defend the read-option scheme -- the first visit to a college in McCarthy's tenure. Several other college coaches will visit Green Bay during the offseason for similar purposes, McCarthy said, all in hopes of strengthening the Packers' response to a scheme that accounted for many of the 49ers' 579 offensive yards."