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Packers Daily Links: Neal to Practice Thursday

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.

More on Mike Neal comes from PackersNews.com, Packer Report and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

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 WisconsinPacker 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.

More on the decision making of Aaron Rodgers comes from JSOnline and ESPNMilwaukee.com.

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.

Columns rating the Packers performance come from the Journal Sentinel and Packer Report (subs required).

Blog posts at ESPNMilwaukee.com focus on Aaron Rodgers, Charlie Peprah and former Packer Na'il Diggs.

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.

The Packers have press releases on their Fan Hall of Fame, Charlie Peprah being honored and their Community Quarterback Award.

The Vikings may have Antoine Winfield back for the Packers game, but they still have issues in their secondary.

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 carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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CaLIPACKFAN's picture

Neal better not get injured during practice.

T's picture

He won't, he will wait until warm-ups just before game time to get hurt. Then he can join Justin Harrell at the buffet to watch the game.

BubbaOne's picture

"Communication should not be an issue for what is a mostly veteran secondary."

Really?
Morgam Burnett is technically a rookie having played a total of 12 NFL games. And isn't he making the secondary calls? Shields is still learning the position 1 1/2 years into his career after playing just one year at CB in college. The entire secondary is making the adjustment of losing pro bowler Nick Collins and Tramon not able to play man coverage for most of the season.

Hardly a veteran secondary.

CSS's picture

I've seen that argument in defense of Burnett before and just can't agree. Despite the injury, he's still been in all the film sessions, walk-throughs, off-season and work-outs. Does he need more repetition at game speed to help his recognition, sure, but that doesn't include pre-snap mistakes and an inability to trust coaching preparation (film session, practice) as plays unfold on Sunday's.

Nerdmann's picture

He didn't have a normal offseason. Let's just say he's not the same kind of veteran Nick Collins is.

CSS's picture

This, I completely agree with.

wgbeethree's picture

Sure seems like it's just as much Peprah missing assignments as Burnett. There have been quite a few big plays this year that ended in touchdowns and other defenders staring at Peprah and giving him the "WTF?"

cow42's picture

some good players but no playmakers/game-changers/difference makers on that side of the ball.
this defense is what it is.
still might be enough but if there' a game where the offense doesn't get to 30 they will lose.

it is what it is.

hey - if the d's gonna get beat they might as well get beat quickly. we just get to watch more rodgers, then.

Paul DelVechio's picture

"some good players but no playmakers/game-changers/difference makers on that side of the ball"
Totally true. Well, give or take 5 guys.

cow42's picture

5 last year - yeah... collins, cmiii, tramon, woodson, raji.

this year not a single one of those guys is a difference-maker for this team... not even close.

you're gonna tell me that any defense with 5 game changers is going to allow the yardage that this team has. that's foolish.

Paul DelVechio's picture

You're gonna tell me that a defense with 16 int and 4 returned for tds doesn't have any playmakers? THAT is foolish. You have to remember the good plays too, Cow.

packsmack25's picture

You mean like in Atlanta or against St. Louis? Didn't score 30 in either of those.

cow42's picture

i'll give you atl. but stl... c'mon. you're gonna use the game against the rams to demonstrate to me that the defense is ok. that's ridiculous.

Philthy's picture

What they have are playmakers. That's how they have 16 clutch int's, including three biggies last weekend. What they seem to lack are plays and players that get them off the field consistently on third down.

packsmack25's picture

St. Louis had no problem putting up points against the Saints...

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