Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers looks to come up with a plan to slow down the read-option this season.Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Does Dom Capers think the read-option is the 'flavor of the month?'


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin paid a nice insult to Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers by describing the read-option as the flavor of the month.

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.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called the read-option the “flavor of the month.” Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Tomlin doesn’t seemed concerned, but he’s not faced with the likes of Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Robert Griffen III in his conference.

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.

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  • Craig

    I don’t think it’s much of an insult from Tomlin as much as it is his overall aloofness to that style of offense. The Steelers faced RGIII last season and beat the Redskins when RGIII made opposing teams and fans skittish. They also beat Vick, though the Eagles don’t ‘officially’ run a read option.

    In his true Tomlin’ism self he said ‘flavor of the month.’ He also quickly followed by saying ‘maybe it’s the flavor of the year.’ Not the strongest with his prose, but his point is that he can see this style of offense go away just as quickly as it came around. I agree to a point.

    Insult Dom Capers? I assure you Tomlin has more important things to do and is self absorbed within his own team than taking the time to consciously take jabs at anyone but himself or his players.