Clay Matthews will have his eye on Colin Kaepernick. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The read-option: The Green Bay Packers and the NFL's worst enemy

Colin Kaepernick celebrates a touchdown against the Packers last January. The Packers will be looking for ways to stop him Sunday.

Colin Kaepernick celebrates a touchdown against the Packers last January. The Packers will be looking for ways to stop him Sunday.

The read-option offense – is it a flash in the pan?

Green Bay Packers fans’ most recent nightmare is still fresh in our minds. We’ve seen the enemy, but just how long will that be the case?

The NFL, having declared “open season” on quarterbacks that attempt to run these types of plays, has put its line in the sand. Is the NFL brass trying to discourage teams that may be tempted to run this type of offense?

The folks in New York know that their product revolves around the quarterback position and having future stars like Cam Newton, RG III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson on the sidelines injured may hurt the brand.

Clay Matthews eyes Colin Kaepernick. This will be a matchup to watch this coming Sunday.

Clay Matthews eyes Colin Kaepernick. This will be a matchup to watch this coming Sunday.

Recognizing this possibility, is the NFL trying to curb the latest fad, especially considering what happened to RG III in the playoffs last year?

To be sure, it makes little sense for any NFL team that invests millions in a franchise quarterback to subject such a prize to hits from defensive players who tend to arrive at the ball carrier in ill humor. Like many gimmick type offenses used in the NFL (see “run n shoot,” “Wildcat,” and the like), the shelf life of these systems is short.

This offensive fad is no different.

I think we will see far less of the read option than some fans think. That would be a wise move.The NFL’s rules favor the passing game.  That is why quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and our own Aaron Rodgers have generated such passing numbers.

NFL coaches are generally wise enough to move on because defenses catch up quickly. Fans want to see their favorite passers in the game, not on IR.

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