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Continued: Vikings got a glimpse of Kaepernick before he was famous

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 25, 2013 - 12:19 AM

Now comes the last big test before the regular season. Getting a full week to study the nuances of San Francisco’s system should be beneficial, especially with so many other read-option quarterbacks on the regular-season docket. That list includes Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Michael Vick.

“It’s a dry run-through for what the season is going to be like,” Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams said. “I think the option game is here, for at least another year. … So it’s good for us to test-run, test some ideas out, test some things out that we’d like to do and kind of see how they fare.”

Williams made it clear to his players that while the NFL’s hottest offensive fad must be studied and accounted for, there has to be balance within the preparation.

“When you actually count the number of times that [read-option] play comes up, it isn’t as much as you’d like to think,” Williams said. “But by the same token, if they run it four times, you don’t want it to be four touchdowns or four big plays. … If you don’t stop it, they’ll run it again and again. So you do have to make sure you shut it down. But not at the expense of stopping a team’s bread-and-butter plays.”

Overall, the Vikings feel encouraged by their defensive progress and hope their final preseason dress rehearsal will provide another step forward.

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