Could Aaron Rodgers run the read-option and would Mike McCarthy even employ the offense into his system? Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Could Packers install a 'pistol' of their own?

“Pistol” offense creator Chris Ault. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Chris Ault isn’t exactly an every day household name when it comes to the NFL.

Lately, however, he’s about as popular as all of this read-option buzz that’s suddenly taken the league by storm. Ault is known to be the innovator behind college football’s “pistol” offense which involves much read-option play from the quaterback and running back.

For a great example, recall last year’s Green Bay Packers‘ Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Ault was recently hired as a consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs but news has recently broke that the Minnesota Vikings and our beloved Packers were considering bringing Ault on board as well.

This would have been an interesting move indeed. Instead of trying to prevent this offense, bring its creator aboard and try to defend it from the inside out. While we’ll obviously never know if such a move could have ultimately helped the Packers defend such an offense, it does at least beg a few questions as to whether or not the Packers could possibly install such an offense and just how long this type of scheme will last in today’s NFL.

The league as a whole is like anything else in regards to what’s trending and it is constantly evolving. Before last year, a pass-heavy offense seemed to rule the league in order to set up the run.

For a while, the league was more of a run-first offense to set up the pass. Each team will always have an identity regardless of these comings and goings. Yet at the same time, this is an interesting concept from a fan’s point of view.

So much has been bantered about as to how the Packers should defend this offense. But could they actually be able to pull it off on the offensive side of the ball? For as athletic as he is, Aaron Rodgers doesn’t exactly strike me as a read-option type of quarterback. But with new backfield weapons Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, it at least makes one wonder a bit what Mike McCarthy has in mind for the upcoming season.

So what do you think Packers Nation? Could the Packers be able to effectively execute a pistol offense with the current personnel on the roster?

Is this type of offense even here to stay?

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