Green Bay Packers: Ted Thompson sticks to blueprint
The wounds from Kaepernick slicing and dicing the unprepared and overwhelmed Packers in the divisional round are certainly still fresh. While not all of his 181 rushing yards came out of read-option looks, Kaepernick still provided the lasting image of Green Bay’s 2012 season when he bolted off the right side of the defense for a 56-yard touchdown in the second half. Linebacker Erik Walden, or the “read” man on the play, was left helpless to stop the play happening in front of him. Once in the end zone, Kaepernick kissed his bicepsa fitting tribute to how easy the 49ers trucked the Packers for most of the night. According to ESPN Stats and Information , the 49ers rushed for 176 of their 323 yards using the read-option. The offense averaged a staggering 11 yards per option play (176 on 16 attempts), while picking up seven first downs and tallying six runs of 10 or more yards. Kaepernick ran seven times out of the read-option and totaled 99 yards (14.1/carry) and a touchdown. 49ers’ Read Option vs. Packers, NFC Divisional Round 49ers 3 Source: ESPN Stats and Information Admittedly, Capers and the Packers had very little exposure to the read-option ahead of the divisional round.Alex Smith was the quarterback during San Francisco’s Week 1 win over Green Bay, and Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were still evolving on offense in Week 3. Other than a few snaps from the throwing-deficient Joe Webb in the NFC Wild Card round, Green Bay’s defense was still mostly a read-option virgin when it stepped onto the field against the 49ers last January. San Francisco was clever in disguising the look, too. Kaepernick’s ability in the read-option was mostly kept under wraps during the regular season, only to have head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman spring it on the Packers defense in the postseason. ESPN Stats and Information recorded only 26 instances during the regular season in which Kaepernick used the read-option.
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For each touchdown scored by the Packers during the regular season, Sargento will donate $1,000 to the Hunger Task Force and $500 to Pauls Pantry. Like a great running back who fights for every inch, were dedicated to fighting hunger one touchdown at a time, said Louie Gentine, president and chief customer officer of Sargento Foods Inc. As the official cheese of the Green Bay Packers, Sargento is proud to give Packers fans another reason to root for the green and gold. Since partnering 11 years ago, Sargento has contributed more than $920,500 to Wisconsin food charities. During Packers home games, announcements will be made after every touchdown indicating the support for the program. In addition, Packers.com will feature rotating advertisements, including a Sargento touchdown ticker, which will provide updated donation totals throughout the season. Sargento, a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, is supporting Packers sponsorship throughout Wisconsin grocery retailers during the season with in-store product promotions to generate excitement with Packers fans. Sargento is also present at Lambeau in concessions with cheeseburgers featuring Sargento Deli Style Mild Cheddar cheese and breaded natural Cheddar cheese curds. Filed in:
Green Bay Packers sign ex-49er Seneca Wallace to back up Aaron Rodgers
We have some decisions to make, but obviously feel good about Jeremy. Also Micah (Hyde), I’m very impressed with him. Johnathan Franklin’s doing a good job.” Ross fumbled a punt in the divisional playoff game against San Francisco last season that completely changed the momentum of the game, and it has taken him a long Randall Cobb Jersey time to regain the trust of the coaches. During training camp he stumbled, but he finished strong, putting together his best performance against Kansas City in the final preseason game. “He had some ups and downs (in) training camp,” McCarthy said. “He knows that. We talked about it. It’s why you play that fourth preseason game…. “It’s a very important game.
“If you don’t, you’re just spinning your wheels.” Look at the 53-man roster that the Packers will take to San Francisco for their season opener Sunday. For the seventh straight year, Thompson has overseen a process that resulted in about 25% turnover from a year ago. There are 14 players on the roster who weren’t on the Packers’ 53 or reserve lists a year ago, up slightly from the Packers’ average of 12.3 since McCarthy’s second season. Of the 14 newcomers, 11 are rookies, one came off suspension, one came off the practice squad and one, Seneca Wallace, came off the street. Safety Chris Banjo attended the Pittsburgh Steelers’ post-draft minicamp in May 2012 on a tryout basis but wasn’t signed. In April, Jacksonville signed Banjo for four months before cutting him July 26, and three days he became the 90th man in Green Bay. Banjo is one of 12 players on the 53 that signed a contract with another NFL team. Wallace is one of only four that has actually made a foreign 53-man roster. Thompson’s cheerful rejoinder is that the Packers usually have more than four, and they did have seven each of the past three years. “Part of that is a credit to our coaching staff,” he said.
Packers, Sargento team up for “Touchdowns for Charity”
From Graham Harrell to B.J. Coleman to Vince Young , the Green Bay Packers went through their in- and out-of-house options to protect their best asset and decided that none were worthy of the role. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] On Sunday, they switched gears again, signing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Seneca Wallace , after previously also adding ex-49er Scott Tolzien to the practice squad and releasing Coleman. Mind you, the Packers play at the 49ers the site of their playoff demolishing in Week 1. ESPN’s Ed Werder had the news first. Packers signing Seneca Wallace as backup to Aaron Rodgers. They open vs Niners and have two of their QBS – Wallace, Scott Tolzien to prep D. Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 2, 2013 The last three words of Werder’s tweet, “to prep D,” almost make it sound like Wallace and Tolzien maybe shouldn’t unpack fully or go condo shopping in Appleton, Wisc. anytime soon.