Whether or not the read-option is just the “Flavor of the Day” or a fad in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers don’t appear to be taking any chances.
First we heard that head coach Mike McCarthy sent the defensive coaching staff down to Texas A&M on a reconnaissance mission this offseason to see coach Kevin Sumlin’s team in action.
Then we learned that the Packers courted pistol formation innovator Chris Ault before he was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as a consultant.
The stress on the read-option apparently continued on Tuesday during the Packers’ first practice open the public and media.
If you listen to Packers broadcaster Larry McCarren ask Clay Matthews a question in a locker room press scrum (about two minutes into the video), you can hear him ask the following:
Clay, the first time you lined up as a defense… they lined up in the pistol, read-option… a big point of emphasis, I guess?
By “they,” I am working under the assumption that McCarren means the scout team.
Based upon watching the Packers practice in the past, the offense and the defense typically begin by breaking up on opposite ends of the field. The players further down the depth chart form a scout team to give the starters different looks.
I can only assume this is what happened on Tuesday before the offensive starters “scrimmaged” against the defensive starters later in practice. If anyone was at practice and has information to the contrary, feel free to clue us in.