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Texas A&M coaches to tutor Packers on defending read-option

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10:36 AM ET 02.23 | Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not one to allow something to remain broken. If he sees a structural problem, he tries to fix it in the off-season. With that in mind, McCarthy plans on sending his defensive staff to Texas A & M to study the read-option offense and ways to defend it. He's not the first person to reach out to college coaches for help. Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees did the same thing in the two weeks before Super Bowl XLVII and it paid off big dividends. McCarthy's defense took a 579-yard beating against the San Francisco 49ers and their read-option offense led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a divisional round playoff loss. He'd prefer that not happen again. "Definitely there's a lot of conversation about the read option -- rightfully so," McCarthy said. "Five hundred seventy-nine, that's a number that will stick in our focus as a defense throughout the offseason. We're studying the read option, the teams that are doing it in the NFL. "We're even going to the college ranks, we'll have a couple college coaches come in, spend some time with our staff. Actually, our defensive staff is going to take a trip to Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin is someone I have great respect for and with his ability to share from both the offensive side and the defensive side his experience in the read option. "It's something from an education, preparation standpoint that we will grow as a staff and be better prepared for in the future."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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February 23, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Maybe the Baltimore Ravens could give McCarthy some pointers as well.

February 23, 2013  12:10 PM ET

Just curious-do teams/coaches pay for this "tutoring"?

February 23, 2013  12:19 PM ET

This thread should be with the NFL threads. That being stated every NFL DC is looking @ stopping the read-option. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets & Saints aren't splitting costs to have Fr.Ryan breaking down the video and coming up with his thoughts.

February 23, 2013  01:06 PM ET

every NFL team should send their D coaches to the state of Texas. No one runs the read option better than A&M and Baylor. Last 2 heisman winners abused the read option.

February 23, 2013  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

every NFL team should send their D coaches to the state of Texas. No one runs the read option better than A&M and Baylor. Last 2 heisman winners abused the read option.

Oregon does a pretty good job running it...

 
February 23, 2013  01:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This thread should be with the NFL threads. That being stated every NFL DC is looking @ stopping the read-option. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets & Saints aren't splitting costs to have Fr.Ryan breaking down the video and coming up with his thoughts.

Actually, it is in the NFL section.

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