The date is still unknown, but a Round 2 showdown with the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick awaits the Green Bay Packers next season. As if that meeting won't produce enough read-option offense for Green Bay's coaching staff to think about, the Packers will also have to deal with Robert Griffin III, assuming the Washington Redskins' star quarterback is recovered in time from offseason knee surgery.

After surrendering 181 rushing yards to Kaepernick during a demoralizing postseason exit in mid-January, Green Bay needed a new perspective on how to stop the NFL's latest successful offensive movement.

With that in mind, coach Mike McCarthy recently sent his defensive coaching staff back to college. During the Scouting Combine, McCarthy revealed that the Packers were learning how to better defend read-option offenses from Texas A&M's staff.

"Definitely, there's a lot of conversation about the read option – rightfully so," McCarthy said in Indianapolis. "(Allowing) 579 (total yards to San Francisco), that's a number that will stick in our focus as a defense throughout the offseason.

"We're studying the read option, the teams that are doing it in the NFL. We're even going to the college ranks. We'll have a couple college coaches come in, spend some time with our staff. Actually, our defensive staff is going to take a trip to Texas A&M; (head coach) Kevin Sumlin is someone I have great respect for, and with his ability to share from both the offensive side and the defensive side his experience in the read option.

"It's something from an education, preparation standpoint that we will grow as a staff and be better prepared for in the future."