We know Tomlin wasn’t addressing Capers by name, nor did he minimize the new-fangled offensive system with thoughts of an inept Capers dancing in his head. But it wasn’t Tomlin’s defense that gave up 579 yards to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional round of the NFL Playoff – it was Capers’s unit. It was their ineptitude that led to a fan uprising and the calling for his head after that debacle.
It’s easy for Tomlin to say that defending the read-option will be figured out in good time, that ”… there are coaches in rooms preparing themselves to defend it, there are coaches in rooms also preparing to run it. I think it’s going to sort out on the grass.”
Tomlin also feels that the offense might not have staying power because the quarterbacks will be taking too many hits over the course of time.
It’s not so easy for Capers to relive that game over and over in the film room – watching Colin Kaepernick run untouched through the Packers defense as his men are left in the dust. In all, Kaepernick gained 181 yards by himself on the ground and threw for another 263 yards through the air – clearly, Capers doesn’t call that the flavor of the month.
When Packers head coach Mike McCarthy gave his end-of-the-year press conference following that playoff defeat, he not only defended his defensive coordinator, but said that his coaching staff would be working throughout the offseason figuring out ways to defend the offense that was all the rage and appears poised as a mainstay throughout the league in 2013.
Yes, the Baltimore Ravens shut down the San Francisco offense in the Super Bowl – though they were a holding call away from not winning that game. The Packers will face both Kaepernick and RGIII next season, so Capers’s staff better be using every ounce of their efforts into solving the the flavor of the month before it becomes the flavor of the year.