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Dom Capers likes read-option looks in training camp

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 2, 2013 – 12:01 pm

GREEN BAY–Whatever the result is in San Francisco on opening day, nobody can accuse the Packers of not being prepared.

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has spent an early practice period each day in training camp on preparation for the read-option offense the Packers will face on Sept. 8. Clearly, the period has been carefully orchestrated. It includes a scout-team offense armed with 49ers-like formations and read-option schemes, especially as they pertain to the actions of the quarterback.

“It just becomes a matter of guys becoming comfortable with that style of play. We’re getting a better look. I don’t know that we can put 4.4 guys out there, but we’re getting good looks,” Capers said.

The plays are run at half speed, which means the Packers’ preparation to this point is about assignments. Preparing for the physical challenge 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick presents will be more difficult. Packers backup quarterbacks Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman are running the read-option with the scout-team offense, and neither quarterback is in the mold of Kaepernick or RG3, who will lead the Redskins into Lambeau Field in Week 2.

“Against these quarterbacks nowadays, you have to have guys with enough quickness to track them down,” Capers said.

Defensive end Datone Jones was selected in the first round of this year’s draft, largely because Jones has the kind of quickness and athletic ability to counter running quarterbacks such as Kaepernick and RG3. Second-year linebacker Nick Perry is another of those athletic-type defenders that are made for the new-age game; Perry didn’t play in the playoff loss to the 49ers, when the Packers surrendered 579 yards of offense.

Asked if the defensive line has more athletic ability than it’s had in the past, Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac said, “I would say that’s correct. I think we’ve got a good mixture of guys that are big and some guys that are good, fundamental football players, and we have some impact players.”

One of those athletic types is Johnny Jolly, who’s making a comeback from a three-year absence from football due to a substance-abuse problem. Can Jolly make a complete comeback?

“I think Johnny would tell you this: He has a lot of natural instincts. He’s a hungry player that really wants it. It’s not all quite coming to him right now, but it will. The difference is how fast it all comes to him and that’ll only come with repetitions,” Trgovac said.

The Packers will also show the 49ers a different look on offense: What was the right side of the offensive line is now the left side, and vice versa.

“You’ve got to go with the facts. You’ve got to protect the backside of the quarterback. They accepted it. We’re over the hump and progressing on a daily basis,” Offensive Line Coach James Campen reports on the flip-flop that has moved Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton from right tackle and right guard to left tackle and left guard. Marshall Newhouse and T.J. Lang are making the move from left tackle and left guard to right tackle and right guard.

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10 Responses to “Dom Capers likes read-option looks in training camp”

  1. By Brian P. Mc Carthy on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply


    You told me last year that the only way the Packers could stop the read option would be to get rid of Dom Capers!!

    What happened? Can you really teach a very old dog named Dom new tricks? I guess we will have to wait and see.

  2. By Ed on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply

    They have a pretty good read option QB on the roster already. He is playing WR. #1.

  3. By Al Katraz on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply

    I know how you stop the read option and so do most coaches: you have linebackers who are as fast and mobile as the QB and running backs.
    You have a defensive line that can push the O line back and keep gaps closed.

    Anyone who thinks the Pack possesses any of this talent is mistaken. Look at those backers, they are slow as snails with the exception of Mathews and the read option goes away from him.

  4. By Asteron on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply

    Bunch of naysayers and idiots…

    Brian, I highly doubt Vic said anything of the sort. It’s always been about the players, not the coordinators, with Vic.

    Al, Perry is just as fast, if not faster, than Matthews. Jones is only a step behind. Brad Jones is also pretty fast. Dezman Moses is the one that was too slow to catch him.

  5. By cheesediaspora on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply

    And don’t forget Al, one of the most lasting images from that SF game was the play where the read option went right at Matthews and CK got him getting completely (360 degrees) turned around. Speed alone is not enough. Knowing how to handle the formation and then applying these guys’ considerable athletic abilities to it will go a long way. I think Capers and these players are up to the task this year.

    I just wish Neal would finally get healthy as his measurables aren’t that different from Datone Jones and it’d be fun to see Neal/Raji/Jones together getting after the QB with Matthews and Perry on the wings. Should be fun to watch.

  6. By mazovoid on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply

    I think week 1 vs the 49ers will be a close game, but I think the Packers will emerge victorious this time.

  7. By Rusty Draper on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply

    Why the Packers spend so much time trying to figure out how to stop the option. The 49ers are figuring out their new game plan will be. The option works in high school and college but the NFL (defense) is suppose to be to fast and to smart to use it ALL the time.

  8. By Rusty Draper on Aug 2, 2013 | Reply


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  10. By OdinVonTogan on Aug 5, 2013 | Reply

    The NEW, bigger, faster, stronger, angrier Green Bay Defense is called TWISTED BLISTER – cuz they are not going to take that run-option stuff anymore. They are going to hand the QBs a blister, any twisted way they can. They are not the Orange Crush, or the Steel Curtain, they are, TWISTED BLISTER. GD2, GreenBay Defense, version 2, they’re no gonna take it, no, they aint gonna take it, they’re not gonna take it, anymore. They are: TWISTED BLISTER. And if they dont dish out those TWISTED BLISTERS on these Run-Option QBs, and eveyone else, then they will stink, again.

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