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Analysis: Read-option offense likely a fad, but Packers must adjust

6:42 PM, Jan. 20, 2013
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs for a first down in the second quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The 49ers run a read-option offense with Kaepernick, but most NFL teams aren't likely to expose their quarterbacks to that kind of risk. Dan Powers/Gannett Wisconsin Media
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs for a first down in the second quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The 49ers run a read-option offense with Kaepernick, but most NFL teams aren't likely to expose their quarterbacks to that kind of risk. Dan Powers/Gannett Wisconsin Media
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Next season, the Green Bay Packers will face two read-option quarterbacks in the regular season in Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Robert Griffin III of Washington.

All four teams that ran the read option this year - the others are Seattle (Russell Wilson) and Carolina (Cam Newton) - are in the NFC and potential playoff opponents for the Packers as well.

Last week in the divisional round of the playoffs, Kaepernick gave the Packers an eye-opening lesson in the problems these young hybrid quarterbacks can cause for an NFL defense. Is there any doubt that general manager Ted ...

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