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McCarthy makes read-option defense a priority

8:02 PM, Feb. 22, 2013
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick outruns Packers linebackers Erik Walden (93) and Brad Jones for a 56-yard touchdown during their NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 12 in San Francisco.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick outruns Packers linebackers Erik Walden (93) and Brad Jones for a 56-yard touchdown during their NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 12 in San Francisco.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Colin Kaepernick profoundly influenced the Green Bay Packers' offseason when he demolished their defense in the playoffs in January.

Kaepernick's 444 yards in total offense and extraordinary running as a scrambler in the zone-read option in the San Francisco 49ers' 45-31 blowout convinced coach Mike McCarthy to take a new step in his team's offseason preparation for next season: He's sending his defensive coaches to visit a college coaching staff, Texas A&M's, to learn how to better defend the zone-read option.

At his press conference at the scouting combine Friday, ...

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