Regardless of how much Adams’ injury opens the door for reserve receivers Jake Kumerow, Allen Lazard and Darrius Shepherd to get more involved in the offense, the Packers know they have to sharpen up in red-zone and goal-to-go situations after four prime scoring opportunities – two in the second quarter and two in the fourth – produced just six points on a pair of field goals in the loss to the Eagles.
The run defense is the other priority after a third straight game of struggles, and while LaFleur credited Philadelphia for scheming well to open holes, he’s more focused on the teamwork aspect of his defensive front than anything the opponent is doing. The Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott is on deck.
“We talked about going into the game that everybody has to do their job, you have to do your one-eleventh,” LaFleur said. “There were certain plays guys didn’t do their job to the best of their ability. A few other times we had communication errors.
“What I challenged our guys on, not only the defense but offense and special teams, we have to be on the details.”
An opponent turned in a long kickoff return for the second straight game, and the rushing attack hasn’t produced much the last two contests, either. The flaws within the 3-1 Packers are clear and will get due attention.
As LaFleur headed home late Thursday night following his first loss as a head coach, he had already processed his frustrations with the pass interference replay reviews and had turned his focus inward.
“What I usually think about is what can we do better,” he said. “Whether win or lose, it’s about our process. Surely we were all disappointed. That was a hard-fought football game against a real quality opponent.
“But at the same time it’s always what else can we do, because there’s more out there for us.”