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Morning Tailgate: Read-Option to Stay

Posted by Taylor Price on February 23, 2013 – 6:04 AM


That’s the total number of yards the San Francisco 49ers racked up in a 45-31 Divisional Playoff Round win against the Green Bay Packers. It’s also a number that’s sticking with Packers coach Mike McCarthy all offseason.

It’s on his mind so much, McCarthy will send his defensive coaches to Texas A&M to study the best ways to defend the read-option offense from Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared McCarthy’s comments that were made Friday at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

The 49ers totaled 323 yards in the playoff win over the Packers, including a 7.5 yards per carry average to go along with four rushing scores.

“San Francisco, they beat us twice last year,” McCarthy said. “You look at the difference in the first game and the second game, and obviously the glaring statistic and the information in the second game was obviously the production of their quarterback … San Francisco had a great year; like I said they beat us twice, and that’ll definitely be a focus of our offseason.”

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com offered a rundown of 49ers related notes from Jim Harbaugh’s press conference.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee also offered a rundown from Day 2, including Harbaugh’s comments on David Akers’ role with the team in 2013.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com shared the top takeaways from Day 2 at the combine.

Don Banks of SI.com analyzed this year’s quarterback crop at the combine.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com posted his top 10 storylines from Day 2.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. discussed which prospects have the most to gain at this year’s combine.

49ers.com’s Combine Central has the full Day 2 recap in stories, photos and videos.




Wise words from the 49ers right tackle.

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14 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Read-Option to Stay”

  1. By phatalerror on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    And thus Dom Capers was publicly humiliated by his head coach.

    “Go back to college.”

    Ouch. That was worse than just being fired. That instruction signaled to everyone the Packers’ public acknowledgement that the their defense was completely outschemed after putting up the first points of the game with a pick-six off Kaepernick. However, just because Dom Capers has been squarely blamed for the Packers’ loss does not mean that the ‘read option is to stay.’ Other coaches may review college game film or devote more time to study the basic read option principles, but it is a simplified offense that is not countered with speed or strength as much as it is countered with discipline. It is absolutely not the end-all be-all of offenses.

  2. By tanglung on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply


  3. By SHIP on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    No offense is absolutely the end-all be-all of offenses. Absolutely no point was made. What the Packers do has no bearing on what we think is best for us… which was and continues to be a mix of packages which will increase as the talent & weapons keep increasing,more repetitions are made and learning each others tendencies and strengths to be more in sync and rhythm. Just because it was very successful for us when it was ran does not mean it is all we ran nor does it mean it will be all thats ran in the future. The more packages & schemes a team can devise and have in their bag and a QB who is more flexible to run more packages increases the amount of concern for a defense. The more a defense has to think about, the more difficut we are to stop on offense. It is not black and white. The point is we are headed to being better than we have been since the Young to Rice days. Our days of predictability and being conservative are over. We are once again a fun offense to watch. Now I hope our defense and special teams are also improving.

  4. By tanglung on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    VERY well put SHIP. With KAEPERNICK (not Alex) at the helm, THE 49ERS can RUN any OFFENSIVE ATTACK that the opposing defense’s dictates. With training camp and pre-season game under KAEPERNICK’S belt, THE 49ERS could be unstoppable. “once again a fun offense to watch” As for the defense and special teams. IN HARBAUGH I TRUST like his decision to START KAEPERNICK. I am confident HARBAUGH and BAALKE will do what it takes to improve those erea’s………GO 49ERS…….

  5. By tanglung on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply


  6. By johninchina on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Coach Harbaugh and Fangio, take a lesson from McCarthy – we can run the read option, great . . . but can WE STOP IT? Case in point – Russell Wilson – we will have to stop Seattle this year, and that infernal role out employed by Rodgers, Ponder and Flacco – they exploited a weakness in our defense . . . special teams ? Don’t presume anything – if a kickoff is 8 yards deep in the endzone, or team is deep in their own territory, don’t presume a kickoff will be touched down and not run out; don’t presume it’s a punt even if it’s 4th and long; how many wake-up calls do we need ? And yes, we can and must learn from our mistakes . . . like having to come from behind . . . come on, we have the weapons , let’s put them to use . . . for one, LaMichael James can be used in so many ways, it is exciting to see what will unfold with the offense this year ! Tony Montana is OK, but what happened to that hype on the opening 2nd half kickoff of the SB ? I won’t forget, and I hope the special teams doesn’t either ! Let it sink in for the offseason until that opening kickoff in game #1 of 2013 ! Go Niners, you are the best and the ride begins with preparation today ! Two years with Harbaugh and two “ALMOSTS”, let’s go for the gold this year ! #6 . . . we are the Faithful!

  7. By mfkram64 on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    watch for this kid austin wr. from w. virginia….

  8. By mfkram64 on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    ship u r right on….this is just the begininng….every year u need to change and be creiditive….and with kap, they will do just that…i also agree special teams were not good this year…other than lee they need to look at this in depth…they need a solid punt/kick returner…and kicker big time…why did he kick that ball so far to the right? kick it striaght down out of end zone…akers was a big disappointment period…it’s over and move on…it’s still tough…

  9. By Bruno on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    we should draft cairo santos the lou groza award winner kicker as soon as we can, god knows we need a kicker.

  10. By tanglung on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply


  11. By berlinboss on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Reblogged this on frankoceana.

  12. By tanglung on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Alex going to the chiefs???.

  13. By tanglung on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s hope Aex takes his followers with him…

  14. By Hermie on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Unfortunately with Alex at the helm the team was totally one dimensional. With Kaep…there are soooo many other things we can do to keep defenses off-balance, just like we did to the Packers!!

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