September 23, 2021

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Packers looking to ‘clean up’ issues on defense

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Packers looking to ‘clean up’ issues on defense

The Packers had multiple defenders looking around at the snap making adjustments, which left players out of position as Waller was wide open in the back of the end zone for an easy score.

“That’s just one of those, whatever call is made on the field, we have to play the call instead of trying to get perfectly aligned,” LaFleur said. “I mean, we were already set and we had guys flip-flopping. You just don’t give yourself any chance to go out and execute when you do stuff like that.”

Execution needs to pick up on special teams, too. The Packers are getting beat statistically in the return game by a wide margin.

Oakland’s Trevor Davis ran back a punt 32 yards Sunday, boosting the opponents’ season average on punt returns to a healthy 9.2. Green Bay’s average is minus-1.6, with one turnover and no single return longer than a yard.

On kickoffs, opponents are averaging 31.4 yards per return, with two allowed of 60-plus this year. The Packers are averaging 17.2 with a long of 25.

“We’ve got to do a better job,” LaFleur said. “That was disappointing we didn’t lock down the return units (vs. Oakland). We need to do more. We need to coach it better and we need to get better play as well.”

So there are certainly areas for improvement as the Packers take their 6-1 record on the road for four of the next five contests, beginning with a Sunday night game at Kansas City.

LaFleur will continue to preach one play and one game at a time with a 1-0 weekly mentality, no matter how much the opposition gears itself up for a team that’s attracting a brighter spotlight with each win.

“I just think that’s this league,” LaFleur said. “Anybody can beat anybody on any given week, so you better bring your A game each and every time you step out on that field.

“We’re just going to keep focusing on our process, how we go about our business, how we focus, how connected we can be as a football team. But I like what these guys are about.”

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