For the first time since training camp, defensive lineman Mike Neal will return to action. "Neal has been given the OK to start practicing this week," writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He’s expected to be a limited participant on Thursday, when the Packers begin on-field preparations for Monday’s game against Minnesota. He would appear to have little chance of being cleared to play against the Vikings. At the earliest, perhaps he could play the following week against Tampa Bay on Nov. 20." It will be baby steps with Neal. He'll practice this week, maybe play next week and perhaps start down the road.
Both head coach Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers discussed communication problems as being an issue with the Packers defense. "They give you a lot of different personnel variations - a lot of different formations, shifting, motion, that type of thing which requires a lot of communication," Capers is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I think we can do a better job in that area." Communication should not be an issue for what is a mostly veteran secondary. If this continues to be a problem, it will start to sound more like an excuse.
More on the communication issues with the Packers defense appears from the Press-Gazette, the Packers official website, the Associated Press, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Packer Report (subscription required) and AllGreenBayPackers.com.
When Charles Woodson stated his perceived need for the Packers to find more creative ways to use Clay Matthews, it brought attention to a Packers pass rush that hasn't been getting many sacks. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers responded on Monday. “I think for all 11 guys we have to find a way to play better. We’ve got guys with a lot of pride on this defensive side of the ball. They want to perform better than what we’re performing right now. Just like we want to coach better,” Capers is quoted as saying by ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I think all of us have to try to raise our standard. We aren’t happy with the way we’re playing right now. There are certain segments that are very good. The takeaways, the interceptions. We didn’t play as well in the red area yesterday as we had played prior to that."
More on the Packers pass rush comes from the team's official website.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had his highest rushing total of the season against the Chargers, which elicited a response from Mike McCarthy on Monday. "Absolutely, I don't mind," McCarthy is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. "When he runs out there and there's nobody there, that's a positive. So it's good defensive recognition on Aaron's part and just taking advantage of how they're playing our receivers." Rodgers ran for 52 yards on Sunday and several first downs.
With tens of thousands of Packers fans at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, it was almost like a home game for the Packers. "Head coach Mike McCarthy and several of his players couldn't help but notice - and give partial credit for Green Bay's narrow victory to - how vocal a throng of Packers fans were at Sunday's game in San Diego," according to Fox Sports. Along with the games at Atlanta and Minnesota, and to a lesser extent Carolina, Packers fans have been showing up in droves on the road this season.
Linebacker Frank Zombo looks to miss the Minnesota game.
A miscue on special teams led to the Chargers getting an onsides kick on Sunday.
Safety Charlie Peprah was on the NFL Network's Around the League Live.
The assistant coaches of the Packers addressed several issues on Monday.
A columnist at the Appleton Post-Crescent thinks the Packers defense will cost them.
Another column at the Press-Gazette looks at poor tackling by the Packers.
President Mark Murphy talks about the Packers in a video at PackersNews.com.
The Packers Hall of Fame website is giving away free tickets in a contest.
The Packers are teaming up with the Red Cross for a Blood Drive at Lambeau Field today.
Video: Packers fans are excited about the team's undefeated start...
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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